Farming Weather Analysis
Monday 19 March 2018 13:00
Precipitation amounts 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 with parts of the southeast recording 2 to 2.5 times the expected average for the time of year. After yesterday's heavy snow in eastern and southeastern counties especially, showers have become isolated today and dry conditions are expected Tuesday, but unsettled with some spells of heavy rain over the following days and windy at times also. With a westerly flow expected to dominate in the next 7 days, precipitation amounts are expected to be close to or above normal in western counties but below normal in the east and southeast.
Mean air temperatures over the last week have been generally around 1 degree below the March average. Soil temperatures are close the seasonal norm. The present very cold conditions will continue overnight with sharp or severe frosts tonight and on Tuesday night but the risk of frost will diminish later in the week. Temperatures will return to near-normal values later in the week. However, mean air temperatures are expected to be between 1 and 1.5 degrees below average over the 7 day period.
Sunshine totals over the past seven days were generally below average but counties of Connacht recorded just above normal sunshine. There will be plenty of sunshine around on Tuesday but thereafter predominantly cloudy conditions are forecast.
Fairly good drying conditions are expected on Tuesday with lots of sunshine and moderate variable breezes. Turning rather unsettled from Wednesday and later in the week, especially in the west and northwest but still some drying possible across the east and southeast.
There will be opportunities for spraying on Tuesday but conditions will be wet and breezy at times later in the week.
Field conditions are poor at the moment for most parts of the country. Decent drying is expected on Tuesday but a return to wet conditions by mid-week will bring little further improvement.