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Average Weather in Carndonagh Ireland

In Carndonagh, the summers are cool and windy; the winters are long, very cold, wet, and extremely windy; and it is mostly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 37°F to 63°F and is rarely below 30°F or above 69°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Carndonagh for warm-weather activities is from early July to late August.

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The warm season lasts for 3.1 months, from June 11 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 59°F. The hottest day of the year is July 31, with an average high of 63°F and low of 53°F.

The cool season lasts for 4.1 months, from November 20 to March 25, with an average daily high temperature below 48°F. The coldest day of the year is February 17, with an average low of 37°F and high of 45°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature

Average Hourly Temperature in CarndonaghJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMvery coldvery coldcoldcoolcool
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Metchosin, Canada (4,390 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Carndonagh (view comparison).

Clouds

In Carndonagh, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Carndonagh begins around April 4 and lasts for 6.5 months, ending around October 20. On May 23, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 46% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 54% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 20 and lasts for 5.5 months, ending around April 4. On January 26, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 72% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 28% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in CarndonaghclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%May 2346%May 2346%Jan 2628%Jan 2628%Apr 437%Apr 437%Oct 2037%Oct 2037%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Carndonagh varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 5.1 months, from October 11 to March 13, with a greater than 43% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 57% on January 4.

The drier season lasts 6.9 months, from March 13 to October 11. The smallest chance of a wet day is 30% on May 16.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 56% on January 3.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in CarndonaghwetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 457%Jan 457%May 1630%May 1630%Jan 156%Jan 156%Oct 1143%Oct 1143%Mar 1343%Mar 1343%rain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Carndonagh experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Carndonagh. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around October 27, with an average total accumulation of 4.1 inches.

The least rain falls around May 8, with an average total accumulation of 2.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall in CarndonaghJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in1 in2 in3 in4 in5 in6 in7 inOct 274.1 inOct 274.1 inMay 82.0 inMay 82.0 inDec 294.0 inDec 294.0 in
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Carndonagh varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 7 hours, 7 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 17 hours, 26 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in CarndonaghJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 11 minMar 2012 hr, 11 minMar 2017 hr, 26 minJun 2117 hr, 26 minJun 2112 hr, 14 minSep 2312 hr, 14 minSep 237 hr, 7 minDec 217 hr, 7 minDec 21nightnightday
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 4:47 AM on June 18, and the latest sunrise is 4 hours, 8 minutes later at 8:55 AM on December 29. The earliest sunset is at 3:58 PM on December 13, and the latest sunset is 6 hours, 15 minutes later at 10:14 PM on June 24.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Carndonagh during 2018, starting in the spring on March 25, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 28.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in CarndonaghJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 184:47 AMJun 184:47 AM10:14 PMJun 2410:14 PMJun 24Dec 133:58 PMDec 133:58 PM8:55 AMDec 298:55 AMDec 29Mar 25DSTMar 25DSTDSTOct 28DSTOct 28daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The perceived humidity level in Carndonagh, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in CarndonaghJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Feb 50%Feb 50%Jul 280%Jul 280%drydryhumidhumid
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Carndonagh experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 5.8 months, from October 5 to March 30, with average wind speeds of more than 16.1 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 7, with an average hourly wind speed of 20.0 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 6.2 months, from March 30 to October 5. The calmest day of the year is July 24, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.2 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Carndonagh varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 2.3 weeks, from January 22 to February 7; for 2.5 months, from February 15 to April 29; for 4.7 months, from May 8 to September 29; and for 4.3 weeks, from October 29 to November 28, with a peak percentage of 43% on August 17. The wind is most often from the south for 1.1 weeks, from February 7 to February 15; for 1.3 weeks, from April 29 to May 8; for 1.0 months, from September 29 to October 29; and for 1.8 months, from November 28 to January 22, with a peak percentage of 37% on February 12.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in CarndonaghSWWWSWSJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsouthnortheast
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

Carndonagh is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.

The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.1 months, from July 9 to October 13, with an average temperature above 56°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 21, with an average temperature of 58°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.9 months, from January 3 to April 30, with an average temperature below 49°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is March 5, with an average temperature of 46°F.

Average Water Temperature

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Carndonagh throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Carndonagh for general outdoor tourist activities is from early July to late August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Carndonaghbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468105.05.00.10.1 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Carndonagh for hot-weather activities is from early July to early August, with a peak score in the third week of July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in CarndonaghJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468100.40.40.00.0precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperature
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

The growing season in Carndonagh typically lasts for 7.6 months (232 days), from around April 5 to around November 23, rarely starting before February 24 or after May 4, and rarely ending before October 22 or after December 22.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Carndonaghgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Apr 550%Apr 550%Nov 2350%Nov 2390%May 490%May 490%Oct 2290%Oct 2210%Feb 2410%Feb 2410%Dec 2210%Dec 221%Jan 131%Jan 13Jul 31100%Jul 31100%very coldcoldcoolcomfortable
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Carndonagh should appear around May 27, only rarely appearing before May 13 or after June 15.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in CarndonaghJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F200°F400°F600°F800°F1,000°FMay 2790°FMay 2790°FOct 16900°FOct 16900°FDec 31944°FDec 31944°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from April 30 to August 11, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 4.6 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 7, with an average of 5.7 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 4.1 months, from October 21 to February 23, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 1.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 22, with an average of 0.4 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in CarndonaghbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWhJun 75.7 kWhJun 75.7 kWhDec 220.4 kWhDec 220.4 kWhAug 114.6 kWhAug 114.6 kWhOct 211.4 kWhOct 211.4 kWhFeb 231.4 kWhFeb 231.4 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Carndonagh are 55.250 deg latitude, -7.267 deg longitude, and 256 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Carndonagh contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 620 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 202 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,998 feet). Within 50 miles also contains large variations in elevation (2,395 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Carndonagh is covered by grassland (52%), herbaceous vegetation (19%), and trees (10%), within 10 miles by herbaceous vegetation (27%) and water (25%), and within 50 miles by water (54%) and grassland (24%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Carndonagh, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There are 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Carndonagh.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Carndonagh according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Carndonagh is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Carndonagh and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Islay Airport (56%, 80 kilometers, northeast) and Belfast International Airport (44%, 94 kilometers, southeast).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.