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Forecast issued at: Monday 12th April 2021 14:00

Rain

The past week has been relatively dry across the country will all stations recording below average rainfall amounts. Wettest in the west and north with 12 to 17mm recorded (approximately 70 â€" 90% of normal). Driest in the south and east with less than 10mm recorded (approximately 20 â€" 70%). The southeast had the least with Johnstown Castle recording less than 1mm. The coming week will be mostly dry and below average up until Friday with less than 10mm expected generally, highest in the northwest and lowest in the south. There is some uncertainty regarding Friday and the weekend, current indications suggest it will be mostly dry but there is the potential for rain to push in from the Atlantic.

Temperatures

It has been a much colder week across the country with frosty nights at times. Mean air temperatures have ranged from 3.5 to 6.5 degrees which was 3 to 4.5 degrees below average for most, 2 to 3 degrees below in the south and southwest. The coming week will see temperatures slowly pick up to within a degree of normal with most stations expected to record means of around 7 to 9 degrees. There is a risk of some localised frosts in places over the coming few nights. Soil temperatures have remained close to average in the past week, ranging from 6.5 to 10 degrees. Soil temperatures are expected to be close to, or slightly above average over the coming week.

Sunshine

The past seven days have been brighter than normal, with around 35 to 45 hours of sunshine recorded across the country. The southern half of the country recorded the most sunshine with 110 to 140% of average, the northern half was closer to normal values. The next 7 days will bring higher sunshine amounts with sunny spells most days.

Drying Conditions

There will be moderate drying conditions today (Monday) and Tuesday, limited by showers and cooler than normal temperatures, but drying will improve a little later this week as our weather becomes mostly dry but winds remain light.

Spraying

There will be limited opportunities for spraying over the next couple of days as there will be showers at times. More opportunities for spraying later this week, especially Wednesday and Thursday.

Field Conditions

With below average rainfall over the past week, there has been good trafficability in all soil types. Over the next few days with lower than normal rainfall forecast soil moisture deficits will increase. Soil moisture deficits will likely increase further through the weekend but there is a possibility of rain, especially along Atlantic coastal counties where soils could return closer to saturation.

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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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