REVEALED: It was the warmest winter on record in the Midlands

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REVEALED: It was the warmest winter ever in the Midlands

It's official. The winter of 2018/2019 was the warmest ever on record in the Midlands. 

That's according to data contained in Met Eireann's Winter Weather Statements.

The station in Mullingar recorded its warmest winter since records began. It was one of four stations in the country to record the highest ever mean air temperatures for winter. 

The Phoenix Park, Valentia in Kerry and Cork Airport also recorded the seasonal highs. Records began in the Phoenix Park in 1855 while records began for Mullingar in 1950.

Mean temperatures for the season ranged from 6 degrees at Knock Airport to 9.3 degrees at Sherkin Island, Co Cork. The season's highest temperature was reported at Mount Dillon, Co Roscommon on February 25 with a temperature of 17.3 degrees.

Both the season's lowest air and grass minimum temperature were recorded on January 31 at Dublin Airport. The lowest air minimum was -5.8 degrees, while the lowest grass minimum was -10.2 degrees.

Nearly all rainfall totals were below their Long-Term Average (LTA) for the season.