Farming Weather Analysis
Friday 20 October 2017 14:00
The past week has been wetter than average across much of the country. With the southwest having the wettest conditions with two to three times the average rainfall here over the past week. However some eastern parts had close to or just slightly below normal rainfall. The coming seven days will be unsettled with some heavy rain and showers today and tomorrow associated with storm Brian, but following this most places will see below average rainfall however parts of the southwest are expected to be wetter than normal.
It has been mild for the past week with mean air temperatures around 1.5 to 2.5 degrees above average over much of the country. However along Atlantic coastal fringes mean air temperatures were between 0.4 to 1.4 degrees above normal. The coming week will remain milder than normal with mean air temperatures generally expected to be 0.8 to 2.7 degrees above average.
It has been duller than normal over the past week with 50-70% of normal sunshine amounts over much of the country but coastal counties of the northwest and southwest received less than half of the normal sunshine amounts. The coming week will be very mixed but there will be some brighter sunnier intervals at times.
Drying conditions will be generally poor for the coming week in the spells of heavy rain over the next few days, but may improve moderate on Sunday. Variable but often poor conditions can be expected over the coming week.
There will be limited opportunities for spraying overall due to wet and/or windy conditions.
Well drained soils are saturated at the moment with waterlogged conditions in moderately and poorly drained soils. There is no improvement expected in soil conditions in the coming week due to heavy rainfall and unsettled conditions early next week.