Ireland Weather Guide

We’re not going to lie. It rains a lot in Ireland. How else would it be so green and lovely? But it’s not holiday-spoiling rain; it’s just part of the lovely package that is Ireland. While it’s perceived as a cold place, the summers here are actually quite lovely, especially on the west coast.

Season and Clothing

Summer: June to August

Summer is a real attitude adjuster in Ireland. Daily temps are around 20 degrees Celsius and some days are even warmer with highs of 30 degrees. In the warmest months of July and August, you’ll get around 18 hours of daylight with the sun going down at around 11pm. This is also the busiest season for tourists and high season with room rates to suit. It does storm sometimes during an Irish summer but do you know what that means? Rainbows. And leprechauns.

Autumn: September to October

Autumn is quite a lovely time to visit when the Emerald Isle turns a little bronze when the leaves change colour. The countryside is beautiful and the weather is still pretty mild with highs of around 15 degrees in September. The tourists have hit the road too, so that means cheaper rooms for you. September and October is when the Dublin Festival Season is on with 10 festivals in 61 days! Or you could check out the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival in County Clare…

Winter: November to March

Okay, brace yourself. Winter in Ireland is freezing. It’s not just the air, it’s the wind. It’s definitely not the time of year to aimlessly wander the streets, unless you’re wearing some kind of specially designed heat suit (note: bring thermals!). But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad time to visit - the rates don’t get any cheaper than now. Enjoy a glass of mulled wine at the myriad Christmas markets around the country, strap on some skates for ice skating and don’t forget about a certain national festival on March 17 – St Paddy’s Day!

Spring: April to May

After a cold winter, the weather is starting to warm up with temps reaching as high as 15 degrees. Of course, this means room rates will be higher, so why not hit the road and do the scenic Ring of Kerry loop on a tour or hire a car and DIY? You’ll get to see the stunning greenery of the Irish countryside, historic sights and charming villages along the way. It’s also less rainy in Dublin now, so it’s a good time to wander the streets and check out the blooms in the Georgian squares.