Farming Weather Analysis
Monday 21 August 2017 15:00
Rainfall for the past week has been above average in most places. About 3 times the normal rainfall was recorded in the Dublin area and on parts of the east coast. Most other areas had close to or above average rainfall, but some parts of the midland were drier with below average rainfall. The week ahead will be unsettled, with the Atlantic regime dominating. Rainfall amounts are expected to be above normal in much of Ulster and Connacht but below average in Munster and Leinster and southern areas are likely to be much drier, with well below normal rainfall especially near the south coast.
Mean air temperatures for the past week were generally about a degree below average. For the coming seven days temperatures are expected to be around average or slightly above, some very warm humid conditions today and tomorrow but much fresher and cooler from Wednesday. Soil temperatures are generally about 16 degrees Celsius at the moment which is around average and they are expected to remain so for the coming week.
Sunshine over the past week was close to or above average in many places. It was dullest in much of Munster and near parts of the southeast coast and some northern areas also, with between 80 and 90% of average sunshine recorded in these places. The coming week is expected to see a good deal of cloud in general and sunshine amounts are likely to be below normal especially in parts of the north and northwest of the country around average elsewhere.
Some poor drying conditions are likely in the coming week with unsettled weather set to continue, but some periods of good drying are likely on Friday and Saturday.
Some limited opportunities for spraying are expected during the next seven days.
Soil moisture deficits are running around 20 mm in parts of the east but elsewhere the range between 0 and 10mm with saturated soils in many other areas especially in poorly drained soils.