Best Places To Live in Ireland with the Best Weather

When choosing a place to live or stay for a long time, we always consider the weather and climate in that area. Not all of us are fans of extreme heat or cold, and if you are one of them, then Ireland is one of the excellent places for you to stay. In Ireland, there aren’t many extreme winters, and the average winter temperature ranges from 40°F/5°C to 46°F/8°C.

According to a 2021 competition conducted by the Irish Times, the best place to live in Ireland in terms of weather is Waterford City. This city usually experiences clear skies with light winds and sea breezes. Aside from its excellent climate, it also features beautiful buildings and pedestrian-friendly places.

That said, cities with the best weather in Ireland include:

  • Waterford
  • Wexford
  • Carlow
  • Kilkenny
  • Londonderry
  • Longford
  • Limerick

The warm sunny days and abundant rain make Ireland the green country it is today. If you are intrigued by other excellent places to live in Ireland with the best weather, read this article through! 

1. Waterford

  • Population: 47,904 (Source: World Population Review)
  • Average Salary: €35,000 per year (Source: Payscale)
  • Average Cost of Living: €1,817 per month for a single person (Source: Numbeo)
  • Most Common Job Opportunity: Gym Instructor (Source: Jobs.ie)
  • Rent: €947.50 (Source: Numbeo)
  • House Prices: €3,250 per sqm (Source: Numbeo)

Waterford locates in the Province of Munster. According to Irish Times, it’s the best place to live in Ireland based on its weather, accessibility, and beautiful buildings. 

Based on the Köppen climate classification system, Waterford’s climate is a maritime temperate (Cfb). It is mild and changeable, with abundant rainfall and a lack of extreme temperature fluctuations. 

Waterford is often referred to as the Sunny Southeast. There are three warmest months of the year: June, July, and August, with daytime temperatures averaging 17 (62.6) – 22 (71.6) degrees. On the other hand, rainfall is distributed evenly throughout the year, but the period between late October and late January tends to be wetter and duller.

Aside from that, Waterford is famous for Waterford Crystal. It’s the legacy of the city’s former glassmaking industry. During the receivership of Waterford Wedgwood plc, the factory closed in 2009.

But, following the intervention of Waterford City Council and Waterford Chamber of Commerce, the Waterford Crystal visitor center in the Viking Quarter re-opened in June 2010.

Moreover, Waterford was the starting point of Ryanair’s first flight, a turboprop Embraer Bandeirante flying between Waterford and London Gatwick.

2. Wexford

  • Population: 19,913 (Source: World Population Review)
  • Average Salary: €28,000 per year (Source: Salary Band)
  • Average Cost of Living: €2,062 per month for a single person (Source: Numbeo)
  • Most Common Job Opportunity: Sales Assistant (Source: Irish Jobs)
  • Rent: €1,183.33 (Source: Numbeo)
  • House Prices: €2,297.59 per sqm (Source: Numbeo)

You will find Wexford on the south side of Wexford Harbour. Wexford belongs to the northern hemisphere. Summer here begins at the end of June and ends in September. 

October has the highest relative humidity (80.74%). Meanwhile, you can observe the lowest relative humidity (78.15 %) during April. 

In November, there are 16 rainy days, and this month is considered to have the most number of rainy days. On the other hand, the month with the least number of rainy days is June, with only 10 days. 

There are many youth and senior theater groups in Wexford, including the Bu Bolg Street Theater Company, Oyster Lane Theater Group, Wexford Pantomime Society, and Wexford Light Opera Society. Aside from that, it’s also home to notable churches, such as the “twin churches” on Bride and Rowe street. 

Wexford has over 200km of coastline and is home to Rosslare Europort, one of Ireland’s largest passenger ports. Moreover, its 27-kilometer east coast boasts one of Ireland’s longest continuous beaches!

Furthermore, it’s no secret that Wexford has the best strawberries in the world, and the town of Enniscorthy celebrates them every year by hosting a Strawberry Festival.

3. Carlow

Carlow is in the southeast of Ireland and is only 84km away from Dublin. The warm season in Carlow lasts from June 10 to September 11. The average daily temperature during this period is 63°F. Meanwhile, the hottest month of the year falls in July, when temperatures can go as high as 67°F.

The cool season in Carlow is longer and can last up to four months, from November 15 to March 16. The average daily temperature during is time can go below 50°F. Moreover, January is the coldest month, and the temperature can drop as low as 37°F.

Carlow is the second smallest of the twelve counties that make up the province of Leinster. Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford, and Wicklow are the other counties.

Carlow’s most notable landmark is the Brownshill Dolmen, located approximately 5 km from the center of town on Hacketstown Road (R726). There is a claim that this dolmen’s capstone is the largest in Europe.

4. Kilkenny

  • Population: 21,589 (Source: World Population Review)
  • Average Salary: €35,000 per year (Source: Payscale)
  • Average Cost of Living: €1,708 per month for a single person (Source: Living Cost)
  • Most Common Job Opportunity: Marketing (Source: Jobs.ie)
  • Rent: €1,266.67 (Source: Numbeo)
  • House Prices: €3,935 per sqm (Source: BDEX)

The picturesque county of Kilkenny lies in the republic of Leinster. River Nore runs through the city on both sides.

Kilkenny also has a changeable oceanic climate with few extremes. In Köppen’s classification system, it falls into the temperature range Cfb.

Just like the other counties on this list, Kilkenny experiences summer from June to September and the rainy season from January to May. May has the most rainy days (13 days). 

Kilkenny is a tourist destination. Its historic buildings, including Kilkenny Castle, Saint Canice’s Cathedral, Rothe House, Shee Alms House, Black Abbey, St. Mary’s Cathedral, and St. John’s Priory, are famous among tourists. 

It also has a public garden, a theatre, a craft workshop, and a museum. Moreover, many fantastic events happen in Kilkenny every year, like the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Cat Laughs, and Kilkenny Roots.

5. Londonderry

  • Population: 83,650 (Source: All-Populations)
  • Average Salary: €34,560 per year (Source: Adzuna)
  • Average Cost of Living: €1,229  per month for a single person (Source: Living Cost)
  • Most Common Job Opportunity: Registered Nurse (Source: Total Jobs)
  • Rent: €1,541 (Source: Living Cost)
  • House Prices: €1,400 per sqm (Source: Numbeo)

Londonderry was formerly known as Derry. It is the second-largest city on Northern Island. 

Derry has an oceanic climate, with mild, relatively rainy summers and cold, fairly wet winters.

The winter months of December to February are quite cold: temperatures are not too low, but the wind and humidity can make it feel colder. Rainfall is frequent, and the sky is often cloudy. Moreover, there are times when intense Atlantic depressions cause wind storms during this period.

The summer months of June to August are cool, and there are quite a few rainstorms. The temperature may not reach 25 °C (77 °F) for an entire month, but it can sometimes reach higher values. 

Thousands of fireworks light up the October sky along the Peace Bridge every year at Londonderry’s family-friendly Halloween festival. There’s always a Haunted Harvest Market and interactive ghost tours after the Halloween Carnival Parade to keep the crowds coming.

6. Longford

Longford locates in the province of Leinster. Since it is also in the northern hemisphere, it experiences summer from June to September. But despite the summer season, you can still also experience frequent rainfall during these months. According to Climate-data.org, July sees the highest number of rainy days. 

This county has a thriving agricultural economy known for its waterways and lakes that cross over the low-lying county.

For centuries, Longford, or Longphort in Irish, the stronghold of the O’Farrell Clan, the Gaelic rulers of Annaly, ruled much of the midlands of Ireland. O’Farrell is the most frequently used name in Longford and throughout the county.

Most of Longford’s land is fertile agricultural land and peat bogs. To fuel its electricity-generating power stations, Bord na Mona, the Irish peat industry, gets most of its peat here.

7. Limerick

  • Population: 59,808 (Source: World Population Review)
  • Average Salary: €38,00 per year (Source: Pay Scale)
  • Average Cost of Living: €1,999.25 per month for a single person (Source: Numbeo)
  • Most Common Job Opportunity: Gym Instructor (Source: Jobs.ie)
  • Rent: €1,156.25 (Source: Numbeo)
  • House Prices: €2,743.75 per sqm (Source: Numbeo)

Limerick is found in west-central Ireland. Similar to Londonderry, the region’s climate is oceanic, with a mild and relatively wet summer and a cold and fairly wet winter.

December to February are quite cold: temperatures aren’t too low, but wind and humidity make it feel even colder. The sky is usually cloudy, and there is a lot of rain. Wind storms can also happen during this time due to intense Atlantic depressions.

The summer months between June and August are cool, and frequent rainstorms.

In some months, the temperature may not reach 25 °C (77 °F) for an entire month, but it can sometimes reach higher values. 

Limerick is Ireland’s third largest city and one of its oldest. King John’s Castle and St Mary’s Cathedral are historical landmarks in this vibrant, exciting city along the River Shannon.

Further, Limerick is home to the longest footbridge in Ireland and one of the longest in Europe. The 350m footbridge between the University of Ireland campus and the River Shannon was completed in 2007 and connects the university grounds on either side of the river.

It’s just under 15-minutes by car from Maldron Hotel Limerick to the bridge if you wish to walk across it.

Main source for climate: https://weatherspark.com

Anna

Anna is an experienced expat and writer. She has been living abroad for over 6 years.

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