Ireland’s changing climate

A rainy day in Ireland - Lucy Fisher - cc
A rainy day in Ireland - Lucy Fisher - cc

No wonder Ireland is nicknamed the Green Erin: with more than 250 rainy days a year, Ireland is one of the wettest countries in Europe, along with the United Kingdom. It is also thanks to this high rainfall that Irish nature is so beautiful and wild! In any case, expect a particularly changeable climate: rainfall is often short and intermittent, alternating constantly with periods of sunshine. In fact, the climate is so elusive that the Irish claim that it is not uncommon to see all 4 seasons in the space of a single day!

The Four Seasons in one day

A rainy and changing climate

A rainy day in Ireland - Lucy Fisher - cc

A rainy day in Ireland – Lucy Fisher – cc

An Irish proverb claims that you can have all 4 seasons of the year in a single day in Ireland!

So don’t get trapped by going out one good morning without the minimum necessary: an early morning sun can very well herald a rainy afternoon! (An umbrella or a good windbreaker will help you avoid unpleasant surprises).

Don’t be fooled: although Ireland is a humid and rainy country, it is nevertheless favoured by rather mild temperatures. Although it is far from the summer heat, temperatures range from 0°C to a maximum of 25°C in both winter and summer. And better to know that a 25°C in Ireland can sometimes seem much warmer than elsewhere in terms of temperature felt!

Therefore, if you are travelling to Ireland, do not hesitate to take a complete suitcase with you, containing warm clothing and lighter clothes. In Ireland, we apply the “onion technique”, which consists of removing layers of clothing when necessary! It is indeed easier to uncover yourself than to cover up when clothes are missing!

There is almost no difference in temperature depending on where you are: Ireland has a fairly uniform climate.

Note that it snows more and more regularly in winter on the island. Most areas are affected: cities, as well as the countryside. It can even happen that some remote roads are cut due to lack of infrastructure to ensure snow removal.