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Official Name: Republic of Ireland. (Also called Eire, it
shares the island with Northern Ireland, part of the
United Kingdom.)
Capital: Dublin
Languages: English, Irish (Gaelic)  

In the centre and east of the centre is a large plain with lakes and bogs. Mountain ranges encircle the island. Ireland’s climate is warmer than its latitude would suggest  because of the moderating influence of the Gulf Stream, the warm ocean current which comes from the warmer south.

Best time: April to September.

April to June: This is the driest time of the year. May is often a sunny month with daytime temperatures a mild 16ºC (60ºF). However, the weather is changeable between sun and rain, warmth and coldness. Travelling is easier because of less crowds.

July and August: Mid–summer. These are the warmest months, 18 to 20ºC (65 to 68ºF). Occasionally the thermometer climbs above 20ºC (68ºF). These are extremely crowded months but the benefit is longer daylight. It is light until 11pm. Expect some rain.

September: Mild, 17ºC (62ºF). Changeable with sunshine one day, drizzle the next. The benefit of September is the lack of crowds.

October to March: Cold and rainy. Most rain falls in these months. Daytime temperatures drop to 5 to 10ºC (40 to 50ºF) in January and February, the coldest months. Snow is rare. From December to February it gets dark at about 4pm.

Rain falls all year round, with most in October to March. Rain is brought by the  prevailing southwest winds which carry moisture from the Atlantic Ocean. The first high ground in the path of the moisture–laden clouds are the scenic mountains in Kerry in southwest Ireland. This is the rainiest area of Ireland. Rain often falls as drizzle. The driest area, and also the sunniest, are the counties of Waterford and Wexford in the southeast.

Dublin, Ireland: Altitude 85m (279ft)