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Best time to visit Galway, Ireland

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The best time to visit Galway is July-September

Are you looking for the best time to visit Galway? Well, you’re in the right place! Although Galway is a great destination to visit almost all year round, July-September is the best time to go due to its perfect climate conditions. Around this time of year, flights and accommodation can also be cheaper as it is outside of key peak holiday seasons if you book well enough in advance.

The warmest month of the year in Galway is July, where the average temperature gets to around 18℃ (63℉), but temperatures can reach as high as 21℃ (70℉) on the hottest days in summer. The weather at night in the winter can get down to temperatures as low as 0℃ (33℉).

The sun stays up the longest in Galway in June, so you’ll get the most out of your daytime activities if you visit around this time. To stay dry, avoid travelling to Galway in November – It’s the wettest month of the year.

Continue reading to find out more about when to visit Galway, including the climate, seasonal info, what to pack, FAQs, and the best tools to help you plan and book your next vacation.

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

April

Most daylight

June

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Galway seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Galway as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Galway is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

Season Months
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Galway

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Galway for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Galway climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Galway for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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JAN
FEB
MAR
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JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Galway in January

  • Average temperature: 6℃ (42℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average humidity: 87%
  • Average sunny days: 7 days
  • Average rainfall: 57mm (2") over 21 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
7 days
of pure sunshine
21 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galway in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Galway in February

  • Average temperature: 6℃ (42℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 60mm (2") over 18 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galway in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Galway in March

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (44℉)
  • Average high temperature: 10℃ (49℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 49mm (2") over 17 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galway in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Galway in April

  • Average temperature: 9℃ (47℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average low temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 36mm (1") over 17 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galway in April, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Galway in May

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average high temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average low temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 7 days
  • Average rainfall: 37mm (1") over 20 days
7 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galway in May, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Galway in June

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (49℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 7 days
  • Average rainfall: 41mm (2") over 19 days
7 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galway in June, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Galway in July

  • Average temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (63℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (53℉)
  • Average humidity: 87%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 43mm (2") over 22 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
22 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galway in July, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Galway in August

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average humidity: 86%
  • Average sunny days: 4 days
  • Average rainfall: 54mm (2") over 23 days
4 days
of pure sunshine
23 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galway in August, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Galway in September

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average high temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average humidity: 87%
  • Average sunny days: 7 days
  • Average rainfall: 40mm (2") over 17 days
7 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galway in September, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.

Galway in October

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average humidity: 87%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 45mm (2") over 19 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galway in October, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Galway in November

  • Average temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average high temperature: 10℃ (49℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (42℉)
  • Average humidity: 87%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 69mm (3") over 19 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galway in November, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Galway in December

  • Average temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average humidity: 87%
  • Average sunny days: 7 days
  • Average rainfall: 66mm (3") over 21 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
7 days
of pure sunshine
21 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Galway in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Galway is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 18℃ (63℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Galway is generally around April. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in April first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Galway is generally around November, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of November too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Galway, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in June are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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