Last month was the wettest February on record in many areas, as three named storms brought rainfall "well above average" for this time of year, according to Met Éireann.

16 stations across the country saw their wettest-ever February following what forecasters described as  "an exceptionally wet and windy month".

Storms Ciara, Dennis and Jorge brought prolonged periods of heavy rainfall and stormy weather leading to extensive flooding in places.

It was a washout month for Co Mayo, with 342.7 mm of rainfall in Newport, while Knock Airport experienced the wettest day with 51.5 mm on February 8.

As a result of three named storms hitting, it was also an unprecedentedly windy month.

Of the 23 stations that record wind, 11 recorded their windiest February on record.

Both the month's highest gust and 10-minute mean wind speed was reported at Mace Head, Co Galway on February 29 during Storm Jorge. The highest gust was 133 km/h while the month's highest 10-minute mean wind speed was 54 knots (100 km/h).

Road users need to be aware that adverse weather conditions can have a detrimental impact on the state of roads across the region.

That's according to Tom Gilligan, Director of Services at Mayo Co Co, who was responding to a survey that found 60% of Irish drivers have had their vehicle damaged by potholes.


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