This October has been the sunniest, in Ireland, the last 40 years.

County Cork enjoyed the longest day of sunshine, during an October, since records began, in 1962. Dublin had 134 hours of sunshine over the 31 days. This is the most recorded in the capital since 1995.

Over the month of October Ireland enjoyed 40 percent more sun than normal for this time of year. However unsettled weather did bring more seasonal wet and blustery weather at the beginning and end of the  month but total rainfall in Ireland was below average around the country.

An average of 14 to 17 wet days were recorded around the country with Dublin recording less than ten.

Although it was sunny the temperature remained normal for this time of year. During the beginning of the month the temperature was two degrees higher than usual however much cooler weather developed during the latter half of the month.

Roche’s Point and Valentia Observatory in Cork and Kerry recorded the highest temperatures with 53F. The lowest temperatures recorded were in at Ballyhaise and Knock airport in Cavan and Mayo with an average of 49F.