Ireland experienced its warmest year on record in 2022, with every county in the country recording above-average temperatures, according to Ireland's weather service.
Met Éireann added that the year's highest temperature was recorded at the Phoenix Park in County Dublin on Monday, July 18, with temperatures reaching 33C, the second-highest temperature recorded since records began in 1887.
The weather service said the all-time high-temperature records for July and August were also broken in 2022, with a high of 32.1C reported in Durrow, County Laois, on August 13, 2022.
Ten weather stations across Ireland recorded their hottest January day on record on New Year's Day last year, while the Met Éireann weather station at Dublin Airport also reported its sunniest March since records began.
Five stations also had their warmest October since records began, while 14 different stations broke their highest daily minimum temperature record for November on Friday, November 11.
Met Éireann's weather station in Finner, County Donegal, reported its hottest-ever temperature in November when it reported a high of 17.6C on November 11.
With the exception of December, every month of 2022 also recorded above-average temperatures, Met Éireann said.
Overall, Met Éireann recorded an average air temperature of 10.83C during 2022, which is 0.06C warmer than the previous record in 2007.
"The spring and summer of 2022 were drier than average in Ireland, which had negative consequences for agriculture and wider society," Met Éireann said.
"The latest Irish climate change projections indicate further warming in the future, drier summers on average, and an increased chance of heatwaves and periods of drought."
December, on the other hand, saw a prolonged cold spell due to an Arctic air mass during the first half of the month.
Met Éireann said 11 different stations had an "Ice Day" on December 12, with temperatures failing to rise above 0C at any point during the day. Four of those stations recorded a second consecutive Ice Day on December 13.
Met Éireann said climate change projections indicated a trend of warmer winters but added that extended cold periods could also not be ruled out.
Keith Lambkin, the Head of Met Éireann’s Climate Services Division, described 2022 as a year of "record-breaking weather extremes".
"It is essential that we must continue to adapt to ensure our national infrastructures and planning are best suited to both current and future warming," Lambkin said in a statement.