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Situated on the island of Ireland, the Republic of Ireland is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Celtic Sea, St. George's Channel, and the Irish Sea. It has a population of almost 4.6 million. Popular destinations in the country include Dublin, Cork, Limerick, and Galway. Ireland is strongly influenced by Gaelic tradition. The country offers ancient landmarks from Neolithic period as well as Norman castles and Gothic cathedrals. Ireland has a temperate oceanic climate that is affected by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream. Rainfall is most common during the winter months though precipitation occurs year-round. Extreme heat and cold are rare. The mean daily temperature varies from about 4 to 7°C in the winter to 12 to 15°C in the summer.