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Latest Farming Commentary

Forecast issued at: Sunday 25th October 2020 15:00

Rain

A mobile Atlantic regime dominated our weather for the much of last week, leading to twice the normal rainfall amounts for most of Connacht and the western seaboard in the last 7 days. While the midlands experience near norm or slightly above rainfall, as expected eastern parts of the country saw below average amounts, with 40 to 60% of the norm recorded. Weather conditions over the next 7 days will be very unsettled, with above normal rainfall expected almost everywhere with good portions of the country expected to see between 200 and 300% of average. The east will be marginally drier overall but 150% of norm is still expected.

Temperatures

The past week has seen near normal temperatures for the time of year with all values being within 0.5 degrees of the norm. Mean air temperatures are expected to remain near normal almost everywhere for the coming week, however the northwest will be a bit cooler - a degree or two below normal overall. Southern and eastern coasts wil be marginally warmer by a degree or two of norm. Mean soil temperatures in the past week were between 0.3 and 1.9 degrees above average, with the greatest difference in the midlands. Over the next week, soil temperatures will likely remain similar or slightly closer to average.

Sunshine

Sunshine totals for the past 7 days were near normal for Ulster and Connacht, but cloudier conditions in the east and south dropped sunshine totals in these areas to between 60 – 80% of the norm. However, Johnstown Castle in Wexford faired a little better with 92% of average recorded there. Sunshine amounts over the coming week will be below average in the west and at or above average in the east where the best of the sunny spells will be found.

Drying Conditions

Drying conditions will generally be poor for much of the time over the next 7 days, though there will be limited drying at times between rain or showers, especially in the east and southeast.

Spraying

Spraying chance will be limited with Monday afternoon currently providing the best window for more prolonged dry spells and slacker winds.

Field Conditions

All soils are currently saturated or close to saturation, with some poorly drained soils waterlogged in most areas. With further unsettled conditions and above average rainfall expected in the coming week, soils will continue to be saturated while moderately drained soils will likely become waterlogged in many areas also.

Agricultural Data Graphs

Soil Moisture Deficits

Soil Moisture Deficits (SMDs) in (mm) 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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