Ireland’s average temperatures last year were the 17th warmest since 1900, according to end of year data released by Met Éireann.

Despite stormy weather in the early part of the year, annual rainfall was mainly below average in most places.

However, Met Éireann says that when December 2015 is included, the winter of 2015/16 was the wettest on record.

The darkest place in the country in 2016 was Knock, Co Mayo, where there was 1099.6 hours of sunshine over the 12 months, with Dublin Airport recording the most rays (1411.5 hours) across the year.

Storm Imogen delivered both the year's highest gust of wind at 135km/h and the highest mean wind speed of 100km/h at Sherkin Island off Co Cork on 8 February.

The wettest day of the year was 3 October, as a slow moving front crossed the southwest of the country.

This led to record breaking rainfall at Valentia Observatory, Co Kerry, where 105.5mm of rain fell, making it the dampest day there since the station opened in 1866.

Despite this, overall October was the driest month compared to long-term averages, with less than half or even less the normal rainfall recorded at most of the weather stations.

The wettest month was February, where in the south rain levels were around or more than double the long-term average.

Valentia was also the wettest place throughout the year, with rainfall there 104% of the long-term average.

The Phoenix Park in Dublin was the driest, with only 91% of the long-term average rainfall falling.

The highest temperature of the year was recorded on 19 July at Mount Dillon in Roscommon, where it reached 30.4 degrees Celsius.

The coldest place was Oak Park in Carlow, where the grass temperature fell to -10.4 degrees Celsius on 24 February.

The data show that regionally, air temperatures at almost all locations were on or slightly above the long-term average.

When it came to monthly averages, the south in November was the coolest place in the country, with areas of the West in June the warmest, as temperatures were up to 2 degrees Celsius above the long-term average.

On average, Sherkin Island and Valentia had the highest mean temperature of 11 degrees Celsius across the year, with Knock recording the lowest annual mean of 9 degrees Celsius.

Malin Head had the sunniest day of the year, with 15.8 hours recorded on 2 June.

Monthly data for December also shows that it was a mild and relatively dry month.

Nearly all rainfall levels were below their long-term average, apart from at Johnstown Castle in Co Wexford.

However all stations saw mean air temperatures above the long-term average across December, with the bulk recording differences of more than 1 degree Celsius above normal.

The highest gust of wind was recorded on Christmas Day at Malin Head, at 116km/h.