A wet winter?

Today’s Irish Times reports on yesterday’s launch of a report called Ireland’s climate: the road ahead [92.9 Mb 103 page PDF here]. The report predicts:

  • Daytime summer temperatures to rise by up to 2°C
  • Lowest winter night-time temperatures to rise by 2-3°C
  • Milder winters to reduce cold-related mortality rates
  • Wetter winters and drier summers
  • Increase in frequency of heavy precipitation event.

Chapter 10 “Climate change and catchment hydrology” covers river flows.

Met Éireann’s report on summer 2013 [2 page PDF] is available here; rainfall was down [on the 1981–2010 average] at all stations except Valentia; temperature was up everywhere and so was sunshine. So perhaps we’ll have a wet winter to look forward to.

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