WeatherThe changing moods of the Mourne landscape are much influenced by the weather. The climate is temperate, which typically means warm, and of course sometimes damp, summers and comparatively mild winters. But the Mourne area is one of contrasts in relation to weather.
The Mountains, in their dramatic moods, can produce some of the wettest and wildest conditions experienced in Great Britain and Ireland and then, in an instant, give way to serene calm – and of course vice versa! Meanwhile, much of the coast - only a few miles away – enjoys Northern Ireland’s driest and sunniest weather! Just look at our rainfall figures - the average on the summits over 650m is 2000 millimetres (mm) each year while at sea level it is in the region of 1300mm. But at Murlough National Nature Reserve, in the shadow of our highest mountain, Slieve Donard, the average annual rainfall is only 750mm.
Of course in recent years our weather has become even more unpredictable with more frequent extreme events of freezing, rain, dry periods and high winds posing management challenges for the landscape and community.
Please see the forecast to the right that shows what the experts think our weather has in store for the next few days! But whether the sun illuminates the mountains or mist shrouds the hills or the wind whips the waves across the Irish Sea, you will find a place of ever changing but always inspiring views.