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Farming Weather Analysis

Friday 26 May 2017 13:00


The week started rather unsettled with some rain. However, high pressure built by mid-week bringing largely dry conditions for the remainder of the period. Precipitation amounts for the 7 day period ranged from just 1-5mm in parts of south Leinster to 10-15mm in Ulster and Connacht. All areas experienced below normal rainfall amounts. A period of heavy rain is expected on Saturday with further showery rain expected to move in on Sunday night. Next week is expected to be changeable with rain or showers at times. Overall precipitation amounts over the next 7 days are expected to be near or above average with 10-20mm of rain in most areas and with 30-40mm in some exposed locations of the north and west.


Air temperatures increased sharply late this week with the hottest day of the year so far recorded on Thursday, May 25th in Mount Dillon, County Roscommon at 26 degrees Celsius. Overall mean air temperatures for the week were 1-2 degrees above normal. The coming 7 days look set to turn a little fresher but mean air temperatures are still expected to be 1 or 2 degrees above average. Soil temperatures remain 2 or 3 degrees above the seasonal norm.


Sunshine amounts have been close to or above average over the past week. The coming week is likely to see average sunshine values with dry, fine settled conditions today and much of tomorrow but conditions breaking down for the weekend, with a mixture of cloud and sunny interval early next week.

Drying Conditions

Heavy rain is expected on Friday night and during Saturday morning. Drying will be relatively good later on Saturday and for a time on Sunday. However, drying conditions will reduce poor on Sunday night as further showery rain moves in from the southeast.


Opportunities for spraying are likely from late afternoon on Saturday and through much of Sunday with fairly light winds and mostly dry conditions. However, showery rain will develop on Sunday night.

Field Conditions

Soil moisture deficits are currently running at 20 to 40 mm countrywide. Conditions will improve slightly, particularly in the west of the country, with the rainfall forecast for the late Friday and on Saturday.

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