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Farming Weather Analysis

Wednesday 24 May 2017 14:00


The last seven days started with an unsettled period of weather, but high pressure gradually built from the south bring more settled and dry conditions at the end of the period. Expected levels of rainfall were seen in parts of the midlands and west, with some places seeing 15 to 30 percent above normal. However for most of the east and south of the country, rainfall levels were below average with some areas only seeing 50 to 70 percent of expected rainfall. The southeast experienced the least amount of rain with only 25 percent of expect rainfall recorded here. The coming days will see settled weather but a breakdown is forecast for the end of the week with some heavy showers predicted, especially in the west of the country. Accumulations are predicted to be up by 100 percent for parts of the Mayo but as little as 50 to 60 percent of expected rainfall for parts of the east and southeast.


Mean air temperatures were close to or slightly above average for most the country over the past week, with parts of the east seeing the best sunshine, 0.5 to 1 degree warmer than the norm. The coming week will be warmer than average for all areas, with parts of the midlands seeing 2 to 3 degrees above normal.


Sunshine amounts have been close to or above average over the past week, by as much as 30 to 40 percent in the east of the country. The coming week is likely to see average sunshine values with dry, fine settled conditions expected from the next few days but conditions breaking down for the weekend, with a mixture of cloud and sunny interval early next week.

Drying Conditions

Wednesday and Thursday will be the most favourable for drying, but a breakdown on Friday will bring rain to many areas. Further rain is predicted for the weekend and into next week.


The best spraying days will be also Wednesday and Thursday as it will stay largely dry and winds will be light.

Field Conditions

Soil moisture deficits are currently running at 20 to 40 mm countrywide. Conditions will improve slightly, particularly in the west of the country, with the rainfall forecast for the weekend and early next week.

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