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Kilkenny Weather Observing StationsKILKENNY

52°39'55" N
66M above mean sea level
Kilkenny Station is situated in the Nore Valley, about 2 Km north-west of Kilkenny City centre, on the Duningstown Road. Weatherwise the site is generally representative of wide river valleys in the region, e.g. giving low temperatures on cloudless nights.

The station opened in May 1957 with the first weather observation made at 0900 Hours GMT on the 31 May. The station is significant in that it records some of the highest summer and lowest winter temperatures in Ireland. Kilkenny was closed in April 2008 and replaced by an automatic station at Oak Park, Carlow.

Extremes recorded at Kilkenny Met Station:

Highest Air Temperature 31.5 degrees Celsius on 29 June 1976
Lowest Air Temperature -14.1 degrees Celsius on 2 January 1979
Lowest Ground Temperature -18.1 degrees Celsius on 12 January 1982

The highest air temperature ever recorded in Ireland (33.3 degrees Celsius) was at Kilkenny Castle on 26 June 1887.
The maximum daily rainfall recorded at Kilkenny station was 66.4 mm on 17 July 1983.
The highest wind gust, 77 knots (from a South-west direction i.e. 200 degrees), was recorded on 12 January 1974.
The maximum daily sunshine was 16.3 hours on 18 June 1978.
The warmest and sunniest month on record at Kilkenny was August 1995 with a total of 274.9 hours sunshine and very high temperatures throughout. The maximum temperature recorded was 30.8 degrees Celsius on 2 August 1995.


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