Farming Weather Analysis
Monday 23 January 2017 14:00
Very dry conditions last week, with as little as 1% to 10% of long term average rainfall. While the week ahead won't be as dry, latest indications suggest much of the coming week will see small rainfall in many parts of the country. The exception may be the coastal strip of the west. Overall rainfall for the week ahead is forecast to range from about 30 or 40% of the norm in the east to 70 or 80% in western counties, higher along the coast and some of the Kerry peninsula's may well receive twice to three times the weakly average, depending on Thursdays rainfall.
Even though the weekend has been cold, overall last week saw above normal mean temperatures generally and by up to a degree in some parts. After today and early Monday, the rest of the week ahead is forecast to be mild, with mean temperatures ranging 2 to 4 degrees above average for this time of year.
Sunshine has been above normal for most of the western half of the country over the past week with 120-150% of the long term average recorded in many places and 170 to 190% in some coastal fringes. We had around average sunshine over the central spine of the country, but duller in eastern areas with only 50% to 80% of average sunshine here. We will see a mixture of cloud and sunshine for the coming few days but sunshine likely to be limited later in the period as more unsettled conditions develop.
Drying conditions will vary from day to day and may be reasonable good in the east and across the midlands for much of the week. Poor drying later in the week everywhere, as conditions become unsettled
Poor conditions for spraying after today as winds will be fresh much of the time and strong even on Thursday.
Well and moderately drained soils are mostly trafficable at present and will remain so over the coming days. Poorly drained soils are saturated and may become waterlogged over next weekend, with moderately drained soil deteriorating at that stage also.