Northern Ireland

Cold, wet and gloomy July weather for Northern Ireland

Storm clouds over Ballintoy church Image copyright Glenn Miles
Image caption Dark, heavy clouds were a common sight in July - here they hang over Ballintoy church in County Antrim

Last month was the coldest July since 1993 with an average temperature of 13.4C.

The month did get off to a promising start as the thermometer hit 25C at Aldergrove in County Antrim on 1 July.

But just two weeks later Katesbridge in County Down recorded the UK's lowest temperature in July, a chilly -0.6C.

That was the fourth lowest July temperature on record for Northern Ireland.

Image copyright Rachel Cassidy
Image caption Flowers like this rose at Roe Valley in County Londonderry were kept well watered by the July rain

A number of weather stations also set new individual records for the lowest average July temperatures including:

  • Castlederg in County Tyrone - 13.6C
  • Glenanne in County Armagh - 13.5C
  • Lough Fea in County Derry - 12.6C
  • Portglenone in County Antrim - 13.4C
  • Thomastown in County Fermanagh - 13.7C

July was also wetter than normal, with Northern Ireland getting 137% of its average rainfall of 111mm.

However, the Julys of 2007 to 2010 inclusive were significantly wetter.

Image copyright Phil Posnett
Image caption Somewhere over the rainbow you'll find one of the many small islands in Strangford Lough

The Giant's Causeway set a new individual record for the amount of rain that fell there.

It recorded 112mm, up from its previous record of 99mm for the month of July.

It was a similar picture for Magilligan on the north coast, where 103mm of rain fell, beating its previous record of 81mm.

It is worth noting that both weather stations at the Giant's Causeway and Magilligan are relatively new sites.

Image copyright Bill Corr
Image caption The sun made an appearance for the Tall Ships festival in Belfast at the start of July

In terms of sunshine, it was a duller than normal month with just 80% of the average amount of sun.

That was similar to July 2012.

Thomastown set a new individual record for the lowest amount of sunshine.

It recorded just 87 hours of sun for the whole of July, down from an average of 139 hours.