Farming Weather Analysis
Thursday 27 July 2017 12:00
Yesterday's heavy rain and showers have finally brought an end to the semi-dry/settled weather of the summer. Rainfall is now exceeding its 7-day average by 200% in the west of the country and just over 100% along the east coast. And with low pressure remaining close to Ireland for the foreseeable future these figures will remain constant.
It has also got cooler; mean air temperatures for the past week have generally been below normal by between -0.3 to -1.2 degrees. With cooler conditions expected for much of the week ahead, below average mean temperatures as a whole are expected for the coming week.
It's been a sunny Summer despite the rain over the past week, sunshine hours have been above average across the country. The best of the sunshine was in the west, with close to 50 hours of sunshine recorded here in the past week. The coming week will see sunshine amounts close to normal.
Conditions deteriorating in showers and longer spells of rain over the coming few days.
Spraying will be poor at times due to blustery conditions and showers over the coming few days.
The land is in pretty good shape at the moment to accommodate the increased rainfall and can easily facilitate the heavy machinery for the harvest.