Anailís Aimsire don Fheirmeoireacht
Friday 23 February 2018 15:00
The earlier part of Feb was fairly wet but the weather has started to dry out and rainfall for the past week or so is around 50 to 75% of normal for the bulk of the country. Very little precipitation is expected in the short term, but sleet and snow showers will spread from the east from about Tuesday onwards, with some significant accumulation over east Leinster, parts of east Munster and east Ulster too. But amounts further west should be lower.
Last weekend and the beginning of this week has been quiet mild although it has gotten cooler after midweek; mean temps for the past 7 days, are around average. There will be a continuing cooling through the weekend and then some very cold days are expected next week. The net result is that mean temps will be 2.5 to 4.8 C., below normal for the next seven days.
Sunshine figures have been normal or above this past week – between 120 to 140 % away from the southwest. Good sunshine values are expected certainly up to Monday evening, but from Tuesday onwards snow showers will be a feature and will reduce the amount of sunshine.
Drying will be good, outside of wintry precipitation.
Good opportunities for spraying, but not of there is snow and frost on the ground.
The land had been very wet up to mid-Feb but there has been some improvement in recent days. There will be a gradual increase in soil moisture deficits, with low precipitation values, but any snow will tend to stay and also with frosts being so severe on some nights, may not get out of the ground. By day.