Farming Weather Analysis
Friday 16 March 2018 11:00
Rainfall for the past seven days has been below normal for most of Connacht and west Ulster and for Clare too, values here ranging between 47% and 95%. For Leinster and the rest of Munster the rate was between 100 and 350 percent of the usual for the time of year, the highest values being over the Wicklow Mountains and equating to around 50 mm in places. The next seven days are expected to be a bit wetter than average in Eastern parts of the country and along some Atlantic coastal fringes but a little lower than normal in other areas.
Temperatures over the past 7 days have now averaged out within a degree of the seasonal norm. The colder conditions are expected to return this weekend with low daytime temps and severe frosts at night and will be back down to below average by about 2 degrees in places. It will still be cold early next week though not as cold as the weekend. Temperatures are expected to recover later in the week. Soil temperatures have recovered to around normal but are still slightly below normal along the east coast and in places along the west coast too.
Sunshine totals for the past seven days were below average for Leinster, Munster, much of Connacht and South Ulster. The dullest areas were near the South coast. It was sunnier in the Northwest with nearly 30 hours recorded in the north of Donegal.
Drying conditions will be poor a lot of the time, but will improve a bit early next week. Some drying possible in the West tomorrow.
Best on Tuesday as high pressure builds over the country.
Field conditions are very poor at the moment for most parts of the country. A slight improvement is expected over the next 7 days.