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Forecast issued at: Tuesday 22nd January 2019 15:00


The rainfall totals varied across the country over the past week but most areas recorded less than normal values. The western half of the country has generally seen rainfall values between 90 and 130% of normal while the eastern half of the country generally recorded between 40 and 60 % of average. Changeable weather is expected in the days ahead with precipitation likely to be near or below normal.


Mean air temperature have been up to a degree Celsius below normal, whereas earlier in the month mean air figures came in around 2 degrees above normal. Mean air temperatures for the week ahead are expected to be near or slightly above normal.


The past week has been sunnier than average in the south, while the extreme north had only half the average hours for the time of year.

Drying Conditions

Only medium at best over the next several days.


Limited opportunities for spraying until midweek, but better conditions should prevail later.

Field Conditions

Soils are saturated at the moment and poorly drained soils are waterlogged. Little change is expected for the week ahead.

Further Comments

Some night frosts until Wednesday. A little milder thereafter.

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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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