Overview of Ireland Weather

Though often thought of as a country of chilly weather, the Emerald Isle actually boasts a temperate climate. The average temperature in Ireland is 9.8C, with the average high temperature in summer (July) being 19.6C and the average low in winter (January) being 0.6C.

The weather in Ireland is notoriously variable, and can change very quickly. The saying “if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes” is often used to describe the country’s weather!

Rainfall is fairly evenly spread throughout the year, with the wettest months being December and January. The west coast of Ireland, particularly County Galway and County Mayo, experiences more rainfall than the rest of the country.

Despite the variable weather, there are some definite seasons in Ireland. Spring (March to May) is a time of fresh growth and new life, with the days getting longer and the weather getting milder. Summer (June to August) is the warmest time of year, with long days and often bright, sunny weather. Autumn (September to November) sees the leaves on the trees change colour and the weather getting cooler and more unsettled. Winter (December to February) is the coldest time of year, with short days and sometimes very cold and wet weather.

Ireland is a great place to visit at any time of year, and whatever the weather, there’s always something to do.