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Forecast issued at: Friday 15th February 2019 11:00


Rainfall totals were close to or above average in most places over the past 7 days, but parts of Munster and south Leinster had just 40 to 70% of normal values. High pressure over continental Europe over the coming days will generally weaken and slow the progress of any Atlantic frontal systems approaching the country. However, the high pressure will temporarily move further east later this weekend, allowing some rain or showers in from the Atlantic at times. As a result, rainfall totals are expected to be above normal in some Atlantic coastal counties, but below normal for the rest of the country. Values for the eastern half of the country are only forecast to be between 15 and 50% of average.


Mean air temperatures were above average everywhere this past week. A generally southerly airflow is expected over the country for the next 7 days, bringing milder than average temperatures and several frost free nights. Mean temperatures are expected to be between 1 and 3 degrees above average as a result. Soil temperatures have also been above average across the country over the past 7 days.


Sunshine amounts have been above average for much of Leinster, Munster and Ulster this past week. It was cloudier in Connacht and along the southwest coast, with values of 60 to 80% of average. Sunniest conditions were in the east, where there were around 30 hours of sunshine. There will be a mix of cloud and sunny spells this coming week and overall it is expected that sunshine will remain close to average or slightly above.

Drying Conditions

Drying conditions will generally be moderate over the next week, but will reduce poor at times this weekend.


There will be poor spraying conditions for most of the week ahead due to breezy conditions and some showers.

Field Conditions

Well drained and moderately drained soil is trafficable, but most poorly drained soil is saturated. Although it will be drier than normal in many parts for much of the week ahead, some moderately drained soils will become saturated and most poorly drained soil will be saturated or waterlogged.

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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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