Climate and Average Weather in Ireland

Ireland enjoys a temperate oceanic climate, due mainly to its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the presence of the Gulf Stream. Summers are warm, while temperatures during winter are much cooler. Spring and autumn are very mild, with rainfall expected all year round. In winter average temperatures are around 0 degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit). Typical winter weather is clouds and rain with the occasional sunny spell. Some years Ireland is struck by a heatwave during summer.

It is often said that it rains a lot in Ireland, but if you a look at the climate statistics it shows that this is only partly based on truth. The west is indeed very wet and has a fairly large number of rainy days. However the east is a lot drier.

What is the best time to visit Ireland? The period May to September is the best travel time for a general holiday. For a city break, for example to Dublin, you can also go the end of March, April or October.

Interested in more detailed Weather and Climate information?
Please select the city below you wish to travel to, or the one closest to your destination. Each selected city will show you the following graphs:
1. Average minimum and maximum temperature over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year
On certain pages we also offer other historical weather data like humidity, wind speed and water temperature.

Popular places in Ireland

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Islands of Ireland

Regions in Ireland