Dublin weather retains a predominantly maritime temperate disposition. As such, Dublin weather is characterized by mild winters, cool summers and moderate rainfall, while temperature extremes are more notable for their absence rather than the hold they have over the city. Although the rest of Ireland – especially the western areas - is renewed for its abundant rainfall, contrary to popular belief, only receives half the amount of precipitation, and in comparison to London, experiences significantly fewer rainy days. Dublin’s annual rainfall totals 732.7 mm, December being the wettest month (76 mm) and February the driest (50mm).
Another characteristic of Dublin weather is its tendency to change frequently and literally without warning. Even when the sun appears to be perched up comfortably on the horizon, wind and rain are always lurking somewhere in the background, ready to take over. Accordingly, gloomy mornings can often be followed in quick succession by sunny mid-day conditions, so be prepared for all possibilities.
Most of winter’s precipitation falls as rain, although between October and May Dublin occasionally experiences snowfall. However, snow tends to melt quite quickly and usually covers the terrain in its white blanket for around 4 days. In contrast, hailstorms are more frequent than snow, usually penetrating Dublin weather patters during the winter and spring months. As winters are long in duration and dampness prevails, while the city occasionally falls under the spell of frost, appropriate warm clothes are a necessity at all times. January is the coldest month of the year, with an average maximum temperature of 7.6 °C (46 °F).
Summer season rolls in during the early stages of May, the last few days of August heralding the end of its reign. Although occasionally very warm and humid, summer remains a particularly pleasant time to be in Dublin; the days are long, the landscape erupts in a cascade of colours and scents and rain is only an occasional visitor. Average maximum July temperature is 18.9 °C (66 °F).
Because of its northerly latitude, Dublin experiences extended daylight hours during the summer season. In June during the longest day of the year the city enjoys around 17 hours of daylight from the moment the sun rises over its terrain to the time the emerging night begins its ascent to total supremacy.
Like the rest of Ireland, Dublin is relatively safe from common natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis. However strong winds from the Atlantic can occasionally affect Dublin; their appearances however are significantly fewer than the rest of the country experiences, and likewise, their ferocity is somewhat subdued. Although they can occur at any given time of the year, they usually do so during mid-winter.
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