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In Ireland, the only constant when it comes to weather is change. In fact, the locals say it’s not unusual to experience four seasons in one day. So don’t be surprised if you wake up to a spot of rain but find that the clouds have cleared just in time to view a perfect sunset over the Cliffs of Moher.
Ireland has a mild, temperate climate with a mean annual temperature of around 50°F. Rain showers can occur at any time of the year. But sure, the rain that washes over Ireland is what makes the grass so green and creates a sense of magic over the misty countryside. And shadows in the clouds bring out hues in the mountain tops and lakes. The southeast is the driest region, enjoying more sunny days than the rest of the country.
For more hours of sunshine and warmer days, travel in June, July or August where it only gets truly dark after 11:00 PM. The summer is also peak tourist season and most of the yearly festivals occur during this time, attracting large crowds of visitors. Spring and autumn offer enjoyable times to visit and the weather can be surprisingly pleasant during these months. Snow is scarce in Ireland and the temperature rarely drops below freezing, however there is less sunlight during this time of the year. But grey winter days are a part of what it means to experience Ireland – and many areas of the country gleam a raw, natural beauty that can only be appreciated in the cold winter light.
No matter the weather, your trip to Ireland is sure to be full of surprises and unforgettable experiences. So go on, enjoy some moments of serendipity from twisting country roads to hidden pub snugs to new local friends and plenty of rainbows in between!