In Ireland, summer goes on rain or shine

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Residents of Ireland enjoy summer despite weather
A man jumps off a diving board at night in Salthill, County Galway, Ireland, July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
A man fishing in the rain on Inch beach in Anascaul, County Kerry, Ireland, July 20, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.
Teams participate in a seaweed race, each pushing a two tonne seaweed bundle known as Climin from the sea to the harbour finish line during Cruinniu na mBad (gathering of the boats) regatta in Kinvara, Ireland, August 20, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
People stand outside a pub in the County Galway town of Kinvara, Ireland, August 19, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A man goes for a night time swim in the sea at Galway, Ireland, July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
People stand at the top of Giants Causeway in Bushmills, Northern Ireland, August 23, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A seller in an ice-cream van waits for customers at night, in the County Kerry town of Killorglin, Ireland, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
People sunbathe on the beach during good weather in Galway, Ireland, July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A cow stands on the beach in White Park Bay in Ballintoy, Northern Ireland, August 23, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Tourists walk around the Giants Causeway in Bushmills, Northern Ireland, August 23, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Two girls look down at the sea from the top of a diving board platform during good weather in the County Galway suburb of Salthill, Ireland, May 30, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A man jumps off a diving board at night in Salthill, County Galway, Ireland, July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A dog is offered some ice-cream at the beach during good weather in Galway, Ireland, July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
People in raincoats look at a swan in St. Stephen's green during heavy rain in Dublin, Ireland, August 14, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A man sits on the beach during sunny weather in Galway, Ireland, July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A man snorkels in the sea during sunny weather in the County Galway suburb of Salthill, Ireland, May 30, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A man walks up diving board steps at the beach in Galway, Ireland, July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Men relieve themselves at Inch Beach near the County Kerry village of Anascaul, Ireland, July 20, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Women walk into the sea at dusk in Monkstown, Ireland, July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A Galway hooker boat is seen in heavy rain in the County Galway town of Kinvara, Ireland, August 20, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
A man prepares to kite surf in the sea at Inch Beach, near the village of Anascaul in County Kerry, Ireland, July 20, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
Ellie Seoige, 10, practices hurling on the beach in Spiddal, County Galway, Ireland, July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "KILCOYNE SUMMER" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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GALWAY, Ireland Aug 25 (Reuters) - Anyone who visits Ireland in summer might experience bright sunshine, a thunderstorm, driving rain and more sunshine on a single day.

The west coast, where weather systems from the Atlantic meet mountains to create frequent rains, gets twice the rainfall of the east. On the other hand, extreme weather is rare and average national temperatures are 10 degrees Celsius (50 Fahrenheit).

Even Tourism Ireland says on its website: "Okay, it does rain in Ireland, but long bouts of rain are pretty rare."

Summer fun means keeping a raincoat handy because of sudden downpours, cultivating a hardy attitude and taking full advantage of the sun when it shines.

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