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Farming Weather Analysis

Tuesday 28 March 2017 12:00

Rain

Last week was wet in eastern counties of Leinster and Ulster, especially in coastal fringes, where up to two and a half times the normal rainfall was recoded (this mostly occurring on Tuesday night and through Wednesday). Much drier elsewhere with below normal rainfall in west Ulster, Connacht and west Munster. The dry settled weather, which we have enjoyed since late Thursday will come to an end today as a southwesterly flow develops bringing bands of rain and showers. Rainfall figures for the week ahead are expected to be close to or slightly above the seasonal average, with the wettest conditions expected in the southwest.

Temperatures

Last week was very cold to begin with snowfall in parts of the country on Tuesday and Wednesday, but temperatures improved from Friday with lovely sunshine by day but cold nights. Soil temperatures are running from near normal in the southwest to over 2 degrees above in parts of the midlands. The week ahead will be mild with temperatures of 2 to 4 degrees above average and with frost not expected.

Sunshine

Sunshine figures were above normal last week due to the dry, sunny conditions which dominated from Friday onwards. The coming week will see sunshine amounts close to normal with more unsettled conditions expected than in recent days.

Drying Conditions

Moderate or poor drying conditions this week with rain or showers on most days.

Spraying

Limited opportunities for spraying over the following days as a southwesterly flow develops bringing rain or showers and fresher winds.

Field Conditions

Well drained soils are trafficable at present and will remain so during the coming week. Moderately drained soils are trafficable at present but are expected to become saturated later in the week. Poorly drained soils are partially saturated at present but trafficable in most areas. However, poorly drained soils will become saturated or waterlogged later this week.

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