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Anailís Aimsire don Fheirmeoireacht

Tuesday 20 February 2018 13:00

Rain

Precipitation for the past week has been above normal in western counties and close to average in many other parts but less that 75% of average in parts of east Ulster and northeast Leinster. The coming week looks set to be dry, with less than 5% of the usual rain expected for most areas, a little higher along the east coast.

Temperatures

Mean air temperatures were around normal last week in most places ranging from 4.7 to 7.1 degrees Celsius, only along the north and northwest coasts were they significantly below the average, close to 1 degree below the norm there. Mean soil temperatures are around average or a little above in some parts. Both air and soil temperatures will fall back in the week ahead and overall mean air temperatures for the week ahead are expected to be 2 degrees Celsius below the norm generally, with some very cold frosty nights expected, but cloud cover will probably limit frost to eastern counties on Wednesday and Thursday night.

Sunshine

The past week has been sunnier than normal inland, around average or a bit below in western, eastern and northern coastal areas. there will good sunshine through today and in places tomorrow also, but cloudier conditions are expected on Thursday and Friday, however sunnier skies are likely to return for the weekend and overall sunshine figures will be normal or above in many areas in the week ahead.

Drying Conditions

There will be good drying conditions especially on the brighter days in the week ahead

Spraying

Opportunities for spraying will be moderate to good, but some days the frost may linger well into the afternoons.

Field Conditions

Poorly drained soils are currently saturated but well drained and moderately drained soils have somewhat improved in the last week and will further improve in the coming week.

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