Well, it rains sometimes in Ireland but long showers are quite rare. The mild climate makes every season suitable to visit Ireland. In summer, the average daytime temperature inland is approximately 18 ° C. The southeast part of Ireland generally gets the best weather – that’s why the Irish call it the "sunny south east".
Forecast for the next few days
Are you planning to visit Ireland soon? Check www.met.ie for the latest weather forecast for the next 5-10 days around Ireland.
Wondering what to pack? Choose layers that are easy to put on and take off when the temperature changes. Take a sweater (even in summer), waterproof clothing for all outdoor activities, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella. Here are some tips about what to expect from the weather in Ireland by season.
Spring (March - May)
In spring it becomes gradually warmer with average temperatures between 8 - 12 °C. Towards the end of the season, the temperature often reaches 15 °C, with April usually being a particularly pleasant month. Long sleeves and a light wind and waterproof jacket are perfect for this kind of weather.
Summer (June - August)
The average temperature during the summer is between 16-20 °C. Apart from short refreshing showers, this is Ireland’s driest season. Take a light raincoat but also sunglasses! Although the sun may not seem very bright, it is still important to use sunscreen. The hottest months, July and August, get about 18 hours of daylight, only turning dark after 11pm in the evening. Hence the well-known saying in Ireland, “make the most of your evening”.
Autumn (September - November)
In autumn, the temperature ranges between 14-18 °C. September is considered a mild, moderate month. The season is characterised by beautiful autumn colours and slightly more frequent rainfall than in summer. The temperature will drop further at the end of the season, to below 10 °C. Take a waterproof, padded jacket and long sleeves to stay warm and dry.
Winter (December - February)
The average temperature during the winter ranges between 4-6 °C. Occasionally, the temperature drops below freezing and apart from a few brief periods of cold, snow is rare. The rain can make it feel colder than it is, so a warm waterproof winter coat will keep you warm. The Irish themselves enjoy visiting cosy pubs (preferably with a crackling log fires) a little more frequently during the winter season.
What do you need to bring on a trip to Ireland? Check out our handy vacation checklist.