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Farming Weather Analysis
Wednesday 18 January 2017 15:00
The dry weather of Winter has continued on into the New Year and rainfall for the bulk of the country since the beginning of January has been about half of what it should be; only the far southwest of Munster has had anything approaching normal rainfall. With high pressure now firmly established near Ireland there will be very little rainfall for the rest of this week or early next week either.
Despite a brief cold snap during the second half of last week, mean temperatures have been running around 1.5 degrees higher than normal since the start of 2017. And the trend for above average means is set to continue for the rest of this week and into the third week of the New Year, although values will be reduced to around 0.5 to 1.0 degrees.
Sunshine is not an important weather parameter at this dark time of year, although bright sunny days have an uplifting effect on the spirit.
Drying conditions are generally poor in the light winds and high humidity.
There will be opportunities for spraying this week, as mainly dry settled conditions will prevail.
For this time of year most of the working land is in pretty good shape, although that is not a totally desirable affect either.
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