Farming Weather Analysis
Monday 24 April 2017 12:00
Rainfall amounts over the last seven days have been below normal across all provinces with an area of high pressure sitting close to Ireland. Most areas received between 5 and 20% of the average rainfall. However parts of the southwest had no rainfall over the past week. The coming 7 days are expected to be wetter than normal in many areas, however parts of the east will see below average rainfall with 60 to 80% of expected average. A cold northerly flow will bring plenty of heavy showers during early part of the week and then towards next weekend winds will swing southwesterly with rain bands moving in from the Atlantic.
Mean air temperatures over the last week have been near or slightly above average. Southern parts have been mildest with more sunshine experienced here. Temperatures here were around 1 or 1.5 degrees above normal. It was coolest along the north coast with temperatures 0.5 degrees below average. A very cold spell of weather is expected later tonight until Wednesday with the risk of the wintry showers and overnight frost. Thereafter temperature will gradually increase. Overall temperatures during the 7 day period are expected to be around 0.5 to 1.4 degree below normal. Soil temperatures are 2.5 and 3.5 degrees above normal at present.
Sunshine amounts have been below normal across much of the country over the last seven days, however parts of the far southwest did have close to or slightly above normal sunshine. It was dullest in eastern counties. The coming week looks set to be much brighter and sunshine amounts are expected to be above average.
Drying conditions could be described as mostly moderate at present but with a colder, windier and more showery regime expected later tonight until midweek conditions will be poor at times, although improving Thursday and Friday before deteriorating over the weekendagain.
Winds will freshen today from a mainly northerly direction so spraying opportunities will be limited although improving again for Thursday and Friday.
Field conditions are good at present and no great change is forecast.
A short spell of very cold weather from late this evening and tonight will bring the risk of wintry precipitation and overnight frost, but temperatures improving on Thursday