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Farming Weather Analysis

Tuesday 20 March 2018 15:00


Precipitation amounts for the past seven days have been below normal for Connacht, parts of County Clare and much of west Ulster, values here ranging generally between 30% and 80%. For the rest of the country values were above average with parts of the east recording 2 to 2.5 times the expected average for the time of year. Our weather will continue dry today, but turning unsettled with some spells of heavy rain over the coming few days and windy at times also. With a southwest to west flow expected to dominate in the next few days, precipitation amounts are expected to be close to or above normal along Atlantic coastal counties but below normal in the Midlands, east and southeast.


Mean air temperatures over the last week have been generally around 1 or 2 degrees below the March average. Soil temperatures are generally above normal in most areas but along coastal areas values are running slightly below and parts of the southwest are running more than half a degree below. Mean air temperatures for the coming week are expected to return to near normal values for many places over the coming week. Much of the northern half of the country generally half a degree above normal however some coastal parts of the south close half a degree below normal.


Sunshine totals over the past seven days were generally below average but much of Connacht recorded above normal sunshine. There will be plenty of sunshine around today Tuesday but thereafter a good deal of cloud with rain or showers at times but some sunny spells will occur.

Drying Conditions

Turning rather unsettled over the coming few days with rain and showers especially in the west and northwest and with temperatures not expected to get much higher than 10 degrees, there will be limited drying.


There will be opportunities for spraying today Tuesday but conditions will be wet and breezy at times later in the week.

Field Conditions

Light soils are trafficable at the moment and poorly drained soils are saturated, very little improvement is expected over the coming week.

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