Coldest March on record

Coldest March on record
With snow on the hills of Donegal right up to Easter weekend, it is no surprise to many that last month was the coldest March on record.

With snow on the hills of Donegal right up to Easter weekend, it is no surprise to many that last month was the coldest March on record.

It was recognised as the coldest March on record in many parts of Ireland, except the south and south west.

National weather forecasting service, Met Éireann, issued a review of the month showing monthly mean temperatures were up to three degrees below average in most parts.

This was the case in Donegal, where the mean temperature for March in Malin Head was 2.7% below average.

Rainfall measurements told a different story though.

Rainfall levels were on or above average in the East, Southeast and in parts of the South, with most areas reporting their wettest March in five to seven years. However, in Donegal, the situation was the opposite, with rainfall levels at Malin Head 70% of the average for March.