Anailís Aimsire don Fheirmeoireacht
Monday 20 February 2017 15:00
Rainfall for February so far has been generally below average. For much of Connacht, Ulster and the midlands we have had less than 50% of average. Values have been slightly above average in some southern and eastern areas and Roche's Point in Co. Cork has reported 140%. The rainfall forecast for this coming week is for above average amounts for most areas with 200-250% in parts of the west and northwest but in southeastern counties it will be a little drier with just 50-70% of average rainfall.
Soil temperatures are 6 to 8 degrees that's one to two degrees above average. The coming week will be quite mild with the average daytime temperatures around 10 degrees. There is a possibility of colder nights from mid-week with air temperatures down close to zero and some ground frosts but nothing severe is forecast and it looks set to turn milder once again over the weekend.
Sunshine amounts have varied across the country over the past seven days but most regions have seen less sunshine than average. The dullest conditions were reported in the east with just 4-11 hours of sunshine (20-50% of average). The sunniest conditions were experienced in the southwest with around 15 hours recorded here (90% of the weekly average). The winter so far has had sunshine slightly above average. Little sunshine is expected in the coming week with a moisture-laden westerly flow set to dominate bringing lots of cloud and spells of rain.
Poor drying conditions across the country over the next few days with humid air and mist/fog/drizzle.
Opportunities for spraying will be a bit limited, but breezes will be mostly moderate and there will be enough dry periods generally. However, western coastal areas may be often too windy and too wet for spraying.
Well drained soils will remain trafficable over the coming days. Moderately drained soils are trafficable at present but will become saturated at times during the coming week. Poorly drained soils are saturated or waterlogged and will remain so during the coming week.
Briefly colder Wednesday night through Thursday with the risk of gales/stormy conditions for a time. Some wintry precipitation is possible on Thursday with sleet or snow possible on high ground in the north above approximately 300m.