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Forecast issued at: Saturday 25th May 2019 11:00


Over the past 7 days rainfall amounts were well below average across the country. For the most parts amounts were below 20% of average. However, across the north rainfall totals came in a little higher with 30 to 73% of the usual rainfall recorded here. With an Atlantic regime dominating the next 7 days of our weather, rainfall amounts are expected to be above average in most places, with parts of the northwest expecting ~ 40mm. Amounts will be below average along southern and eastern coasts.


Over the past week, mean air temperatures have ranged close to the seasonal norm. Soil temperatures have ranged from 13 to 15 degrees, which is above normal, by 1 to 3 degrees. With the change in airmass on Sunday, temperatures will dip below average for this time year but warmer weather is indicated for later in the week.


For the past week, sunshine amounts were above average in Munster, ranging from 100 to 128%. It was also sunnier than normal close to Malin Head. However, it was duller than normal in most other areas, especially across north Leinster with just 50% to 60% of the usual sunshine here.

Drying Conditions

Drying conditions will vary over the coming week and will be poor at times.


Spraying opportunities will be moderate or limited with mixed conditions.

Field Conditions

Soil moisture deficits are above 40 to 55mm over parts of Munster and Connacht. Elsewhere soil moisture deficits are around 30 to 35mm. Over the next week, they will decrease somewhat as the weather becomes more changeable. Trafficability will continue to be good.

Further Comments

There is a possibility that weather conducive to the spread of Potato blight will develop in places this week.

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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