July was warmest in five years, says Armagh Observatory

Pacemaker Press 25/6/2018 'Enjoying the hot weather at Belfast City Hall.'Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 25/6/2018 'Enjoying the hot weather at Belfast City Hall.'Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

July was the warmest in five years, according to measurements taken at Armagh Observatory.

The average (mean) temperature, at 17C for the month was 2.2C above the long-term average.

Pacemaker Press 25/6/2018 'Enjoying the hot weather at Belfast City Hall.'Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 25/6/2018 'Enjoying the hot weather at Belfast City Hall.'Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The warmest day was on the 4th, when the mercury rose to 27.1C in Armagh, followed by the 22nd, when it reached 26.7C.

Throughout the month, the Observatory recorded a total of 178.9 hours of strong sunshine which, again, is well above the average for July.

Armagh Observatory has been recording the weather since 1795.

Pacemaker Press 25/6/2018 'Enjoying the hot weather at Belfast City Hall.'Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Pacemaker Press 25/6/2018 'Enjoying the hot weather at Belfast City Hall.'Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker