Farming Weather Analysis
Sunday 23 April 2017 10:00
Rainfall amounts over the last seven days have been below normal across all provinces with an area of high pressure sitting close to Ireland. Most areas received between 10 and 30% of the average rainfall. However, it was a little wetter along the north coast with 60% of the normal weekly rainfall here. The coming 7 days are expected to be wetter than normal in all areas. At first a cold northerly flow will bring plenty of heavy showers during early part of the week and then towards next weekend winds will swing southwesterly with rain bands moving in from the Atlantic.
Mean air temperatures over the last week have been near or slightly above average. Southern parts have been mildest with more sunshine experienced here. Temperatures here were around 1 degree above normal. It was coolest along the north coast with temperatures 0.2 degrees below average. A very cold spell of weather is expected from Monday (April 24th) until Thursday (April 27th) with the risk of the wintry showers and overnight frost. Thereafter it will turn milder over the weekend as winds swing southwesterly. Overall temperatures during the 7 day period are expected to be around 1 degree below normal. Soil temperatures are about 3 degrees above normal at present but are likely to cool down over the coming week.
Sunshine amounts have been below normal across most of the country over the last seven days. It was dullest in eastern counties. The coming week looks set to be much brighter and sunshine amounts are expected to be above average.
The past week has been fairly dry, however, there has been very little wind due to the influence of nearby high pressure. Drying conditions could be described as mostly moderate, with patchy rain and drizzle occurring from time to time, especially in the northern half of Ireland and with below average sunshine in many places. A colder, windier and more showery regime will begin to unfold from tomorrow onwards which should bring improved drying conditions – however there will be some heavy showers.
Winds will freshen from tomorrow onwards from a mainly northerly direction so spraying opportunities will be limited.
Field conditions are good at present and no great change is forecast.
A short spell of very cold weather (from Monday 24th to Thursday 27th April) will bring the risk of wintry precipitation and overnight frost.