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Farming Weather Analysis
Sunday 18 March 2018 14:00
Precipitation for the past seven days has been below normal for Connacht and much of Ulster, values here ranging generally between 50% and 80%. For the rest of the country values were above average and parts of the southeast recording 2 to 2.5 times the expected average for the time of year. After today's heavy snow in eastern and southeastern counties especially, showers will become confined to eastern and southeastern coastal counties overnight and will become more scattered, then drier conditions are expected later Monday and Tuesday, but unsettled with some spells of heavy rain over the following days and windy at times also. Overall the next seven days are expected to see rainfall values close to average in most areas.
Despite the cold conditions which set in overnight the mean temperatures over the past 7 days were generally in and around normal. The present very cold conditions this weekend and for the next day or two will lead to values below normal although temperatures will improve over the following days, mean air temperatures are expected to be between 1 and 1.5 degrees below average. Soil temperatures for the past week have been above normal.
Sunshine totals over the past seven days were generally below average in many areas across the country, however Donegal and western counties of Connacht recorded just above normal sunshine. Sunshine over the week ahead is expected to be below normal due to unsettled conditions
Drying conditions will be poor a lot of the time. But reasonable later tomorrow and Tuesday with a lot of dry weather about but temperatures will be low, Unsettled conditions over the following days will bri9ng poor conditions.
Some opportunity later tomorrow and Tuesday but otherwise very limited opportunities.
Field conditions are very poor at the moment for most parts of the country. Very little improvement is expected over the next 7 days.
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