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Readers' pictures capture the changing seasons

January: A wet and wild start

Image copyright Louis McNally
Image caption Wet, wild and wintry at Warrenpoint, County Down

The year started very unsettled with strong to gale force winds and some heavy rain. Parts of the east coast suffered a coastal surge and flooding.

February: Stormy with some snow

Image copyright Gary Young
Image caption Coastal surge at Kilkeel

February was the third wettest in over 100 years. There was snow in many places on the 11th with 9cm measured at Ballypatrick Forest, County Antrim

March: A little sunshine to lift our spirits

Image copyright Evelyn McCullough
Image caption Enjoying the spring sun in Cushendun, County Antrim

After the wet winter, March brought quieter, drier weather. Around the middle of the month there was a period of settled weather with good sunshine as high pressure dominated.

April: Temperatures on the up as spring kicks in

Image copyright Robin Needham
Image caption Surfers on the East Strand at Portrush, County Antrim

It was the third warmest April since 1910. A much-needed drier month too with just over half the average rainfall. Sunshine amounts were above average too.

May: Warm and dull but the Giro provided a splash of colour

Image copyright Evelyn McCullough
Image caption The Glens of Antrim went Giro crazy

Another warm month with exceptionally mild nights and lots of cloudy days. It was the dullest May since 1929. The Giro D'Italia took place and everything turned pink. There was lots of support despite it being a very soggy weekend.

June: Clear skies to start, flooding to finish

Image copyright Cecil Carson
Image caption Summer sunshine on Upper Lough Erne

It started wet, but settled into warm sunny weather. Two stations in County Down, Murlough and Helen's Bay, recorded their warmest June in 50 years. But there were torrential downpours too and flooding in Ahoghill.

July: Splashdown in the summer sun

Image copyright Evelyn McCullough
Image caption Taking the plunge at Portstewart, County Londonderry

The month of our mini heatwave. Towards the end of July, maximum temperatures were generally above 25 °C and reached 28.9 °C at the Giant's Causeway.

August: Bertha makes for a blustery month

Image copyright Debbie Deboo
Image caption Rain clouds over Rathlin Island

August was an unsettled month with large daily rainfall totals in some areas. Ex-Hurricane Bertha passed over the UK and Ireland on the 10th and 11th bringing some unseasonably windy and wet weather.

September: Indian summer helps the farmers

Image copyright Rachel Cassidy
Image caption A dry autumn helped the farmers with the harvest, like here in the shadow of Binevenagh mountain

September was dominated by high pressure, bringing plenty of fine and settled early autumn weather, and very little in the way of rainfall.

October: Squally showers as flooding returns

Image copyright Peter Breene
Image caption Flooded fields at Lambeg

October came as quite a contrast to the previous month. Halfway through, torrential showers affected a very narrow area through Down and Antrim that led to severe flooding in parts of Belfast.

November: Unseasonably warm but a bit wild too

Image copyright Sam Bell
Image caption Rough seas threaten cars at Whitehead

Unseasonably warm but very changeable. An Atlantic depression brought strong winds. It was the fourth wettest November on record.

December: A typical winter month weatherwise

Image copyright Bill Orr
Image caption A sprinkling of snow

December finishes the year as a typical winter month with a cold snap in the last week, with the temperature in Katesbridge, County Down, hitting -8.8C (16.2F). The first half of the month was cold and most of the hills had a good sprinkling of snow.

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