Farming Weather Analysis
Monday 16 January 2017 14:00
Rainfall over the last 7 days has varied across the country. It has been drier than normal in all areas with the exception of Malin Head. Over Connacht and across west Munster rainfall totals have been between 70 and 100% of the seasonal average. Elsewhere there was 20 to 60% of the normal rainfall with the driest conditions in east Munster and south Leinster. High pressure looks set to dominate over the next 7 days bringing mainly dry and settled conditions, with only small amounts of rain if any.
Despite a brief cold snap last week, temperatures over the past 7 days have averaged close to the seasonal norm or slightly above. Mean temperatures were highest in Connacht averaging around 1 degree above normal. The coolest conditions were across parts of east Leinster where temperatures were between 0.1 and 0.4 degrees above normal. Soil values were generally between 1 and 2 degrees above normal. Over the next 7 days, mean air temperatures are expected to be close to or slightly above the monthly average, with the highest anomalies in the north of the country. Some night frosts are likely, especially on Wednesday and Thursday night of this week where a sharp frost is possible in places.
Sunshine amounts have varied across the country over the past 7 days but have generally been close to average. The sunniest conditions have been experienced along southern and eastern coastal fringes with between 17 and 21 hours of sunshine recorded here. The gloomiest conditions have been along the north and west coast with between 5 and 10 hours of sunshine recorded. Over the next 7 days sunshine amounts are expected to be near or below normal with lots of cloud expected.
Drying conditions will be generally moderate or poor over the coming week, with light winds and a good deal of cloud in the flow.
There will be opportunities for spraying this week, as mainly dry settled conditions will prevail.
Well drained soils are trafficable at present and will remain so for the coming week. Moderately drained soils are saturated or waterlogged but they will gradually improve. However, poorly drained soils will remain saturated.