June weather: hottest day since 1946 and drought
Although the start of June brought intense thunderstorms, especially on 1 and 8 June, dry and settled weather from the end of May dominated the first two weeks.
There was a break in the fine weather for the third week of the month, however, Storm Hector passed close to the northwest, giving two days of rain and gales.
This was the last significant rainfall for farmers as thereafter there has been a surge in temperatures.
From 21 June, a settled and exceptionally dry period followed, with a heatwave and partial drought conditions reported.
Valid from Saturday 30 June 2018 10:00 to Friday 06 July 2018 23:59https://t.co/oOxITrsnvw pic.twitter.com/AW1b3yUkvl — Met Éireann (@MetEireann) June 30, 2018 Rainfall Roscommon was the only location were rainfall totals were not below their long-term average for the month (up 11%).
To help out farmers with a lack of fodder, Glanbia has even imported forage for their suppliers.
A mix of alfalfa and soya was divided among some Kilkenny farmers on Monday.
Temperature The month’s lowest temperatures were recorded on 22 June in Roscommon at 2.1 °C.
The highest temperature was hit on 28 June at Shannon Airport, Co Clare, with a temperature of 32 °C.
Yesterday’s Maximum Temperatures at 1800 GMT (between 7am and 7pm local time): pic.twitter.com/9hSzUraMYv — Met Éireann (@MetEireann) June 30, 2018 Sunny days Monthly sunshine totals were highest at Johnstown Castle, Co Wexford with 279.9 hours and they were recorded lowest at Malin Head, Co Donegal with 199.3 hours.