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Forecast issued at: Sunday 15th September 2019 11:00

Rain

Amounts of rainfall have varied a lot over Ireland for the first 2 weeks of September. The far northwest had one and a half times normal, in contrast to less than 10% of average in the south and southeast of the country. The coming week is expected to have much less than average rainfall as anticyclonic conditions prevail. In fact most parts are likely to have less than half the norm for the time of year.

Temperatures

Mean air temperatures have been between par and one degrees below normal over the past week, mainly due to cool nights. The coming week will warm up gradually allowing average temperatures to get a little above normal.

Sunshine

The past week has had near normal sunshine over northern counties, whereas the south and southeast of the country had up to one and a half times the average.

Drying Conditions

Good daytime drying is expected this coming week with improved sunshine and higher temperatures, but winds overall will be light.

Spraying

For similar reasons as drying, there will be good opportunities for spraying.

Field Conditions

Soils are generally near saturation in the north and west of the country, but soil moisture deficits are generally 10 to 30 mm in Munster and Leinster. Grass growth remains good as soil temperatures are above normal everywhere.

Further Comments

A spell of settled weather will be the main feature going forward.

Agricultural Data Graphs

Soil Moisture Deficits

Soil Moisture Deficits (SMDs) are calculated for three classes of soil: well drained, moderately drained and poorly drained. For further information on how Soil Moisture Deficits are calculated, click here.

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