Limerick - Climate

Climate

Limerick's climate is classified as Temperate Oceanic (Köppen Cfb). Met Éireann maintains a climatological weather station at Shannon Airport, 20 kilometres west of the city in County Clare. Shannon Airport records an average of 977 millimetres of precipitation annually, most of which is rain. Limerick has a mild climate, with the average daily maximum in July of 20 °C (68 °F) and the average daily minimum in January of 3 °C (37 °F). The highest temperature recorded was 31.6 °C (88.9 °F) in 1995, and the lowest −11.4 °C (11.5 °F) in 2010. Limerick is the cloudiest city in the state, averaging only 1,295 sunshine hours annually, 3.5 hours of sunshine every day. There are on average 59 days of no recordable sunshine, 6 days of thunder, 19 days of hail and 8 days of snow per year. Shannon Airport is located by the ocean at an altitude of 14 metres, so snow would be less common at the station than in the city itself.

Climate data for Shannon Airport Weather Observing Station 1981ñ2010
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 14.8
(58.6)
15.5
(59.9)
20.2
(68.4)
23.5
(74.3)
28.0
(82.4)
31.6
(88.9)
30.6
(87.1)
29.8
(85.6)
26.1
(79.0)
22.3
(72.1)
18.2
(64.8)
15.3
(59.5)
31.6
(88.9)
Average high °C (°F) 8.8
(47.8)
9.2
(48.6)
11.1
(52.0)
13.3
(55.9)
16.0
(60.8)
18.5
(65.3)
19.8
(67.6)
19.6
(67.3)
17.7
(63.9)
14.3
(57.7)
11.1
(52.0)
9.0
(48.2)
14.0
(57.2)
Daily mean °C (°F) 6.0
(42.8)
6.2
(43.2)
7.8
(46.0)
9.5
(49.1)
12.1
(53.8)
14.6
(58.3)
16.4
(61.5)
16.2
(61.2)
14.2
(57.6)
11.2
(52.2)
8.3
(46.9)
6.3
(43.3)
10.7
(51.3)
Average low °C (°F) 3.2
(37.8)
3.2
(37.8)
4.5
(40.1)
5.7
(42.3)
8.2
(46.8)
11
(52)
13
(55)
12.7
(54.9)
10.8
(51.4)
8.2
(46.8)
5.5
(41.9)
3.6
(38.5)
7.4
(45.3)
Record low °C (°F) −11.2
(11.8)
−9.8
(14.4)
−7.8
(18.0)
−4.1
(24.6)
−0.9
(30.4)
1.5
(34.7)
6.0
(42.8)
2.9
(37.2)
1.3
(34.3)
−2
(28.4)
−6.6
(20.1)
−11.4
(11.5)
−11.4
(11.5)
Rainfall mm (inches) 102.3
(4.028)
76.2
(3)
78.7
(3.098)
59.2
(2.331)
64.8
(2.551)
69.8
(2.748)
65.9
(2.594)
82.0
(3.228)
75.6
(2.976)
104.9
(4.13)
94.1
(3.705)
104.0
(4.094)
977.6
(38.488)
% humidity 81 75 71 64 63 65 68 68 69 75 81 83 72
Avg. precipitation days 16 12 14 11 12 11 12 13 12 16 15 15 159
Avg. snowy days 2.3 2.3 1.4 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 1.3 7.9
Mean monthly sunshine hours 49.6 65.6 100.0 153.1 180.0 156.0 140.5 140.1 117.0 89.9 60.0 43.4 1,295.2
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