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Farming Weather Analysis

Friday 17 November 2017 13:00


Rainfall over the past 7 days was above normal over the bulk of the country. However parts of the far north and south of the country recorded below normal rainfall, with values here generally 50% to 75% of average, with some coastal parts of the south recording less than 30% of normal. The week ahead is likely to remain changeable with bands of rain crossing the country. Most areas will see above normal rainfall over the coming week and the west and north are likely to see twice the expected average rainfall.


Air temperatures over the past week were variable across the country. Much of the south recorded slightly above normal temperature while elsewhere values were generally -0.2 to -1.0 degrees below. A slight frost is possible along some eastern areas tonight but it will become gradually milder over the coming week. Hence overall mean air temperatures for the week ahead will generally be above normal, and up to 2 or 3 degrees Celsius above normal in many places.


Sunshine values were above normal over Leinster for the past 7 days, but elsewhere it was duller than normal. The far southwest was the dullest place with just over 7 hours of sunshine recoded here in the past week. The coming week is likely to see a good deal of cloud with overall sunshine figures for the week ahead likely to be below the norm.

Drying Conditions

Drying conditions will be poor over much of the week, but some moderate drying at times


There will be limited spraying opportunities this coming week, with some opportunities today.

Field Conditions

Most soils are close to saturation at the moment with poorly drained soils waterlogged and no great change is expected over the next seven days.

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