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Farming Weather Analysis

Saturday 25 February 2017 11:00


Over the past seven days, rainfall amounts have been above average over much of Ireland with amounts ranging from 100 to 180%. The heavy rain associated with storm Doris contributed greatly to this. However, it was somewhat drier in southernmost counties with rainfall of just 30-70% of normal in this region. Our weather will unsettled over the coming week with heavy rain or showers at times, especially over the western half of the country and rainfall amounts between 150 and 200% of average.


It has been a mild Winter and over the past week air temperatures were between 2 and 3 degrees above average, while soil temperatures were between 3 and 4 degrees above average. The coming week will be cooler with mean air temperatures expected to be close to normal. Soil temperatures will begin to dip away with frost expected on some nights.


It has been a duller week than usual with just 30-70% of the normal amount of sunshine. The dullest conditions were experienced in the north. The wet and very changeable weather forecast for the week ahead will result in sunshine amounts generally below average.

Drying Conditions

Drying will be poor overall.


Opportunities for spraying will be limited.

Field Conditions

Well drained soils will remain trafficable over the coming days, especially in the east. However, in general, spells of rain or showers will mean that most soil will be saturated and that trafficability will be poor.

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