Farming Weather Analysis
Friday 24 November 2017 13:00
Rainfall was well above average last week with parts of the midlands and east receiving 2 to 3 ties the normal rainfall amounts due to the very heavy rainfall on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. However, in the northwest and along the south coast rainfall was near to slightly above normal. The coming 7 days will be drier overall with scattered heavy showers at first and a band of rain on Sunday night clearing to scattered showers giving well below average rainfall totals.
Mean air temperatures over the past week ranged from slightly below normal in the northeast to 1.5 degrees above average in the southwest. But the cold weather has set in now and the week ahead will be colder than normal overall. However, there will be no frost on Sunday night but then a return to colder and slightly frosty conditions thereafter resulting in overall temperatures being two to three degrees below norm over much of Munster and Leinster and one to two degrees below normal for Connacht and Ulster.
The past week has been much duller than normal with only less than half the average sunshine in many areas. In contrast, the week ahead is likely to see above normal sunshine, with a lot of good sunshine especially over the next few days and again early days of next week away from northwestern and northern areas where it may well be very showery and slightly cloudier as a result.
There wil be a moderate or fresh and blustery breeze over the next few days which will give reasonable drying at times away from showers, even though the temperatures will be low.
Spraying conditions will be poor in the blustery conditions but will improve somewhat during Sunday ahead of the rain later on Sunday evening.
Most soils are close to saturation at the moment with poorly drained soils waterlogged and there is only a slight improvement likely over the next seven days.