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Forecast issued at: Sunday 11th April 2021 12:00

Rain

The past week has been relatively dry across the country with less than 10mm of rainfall recorded generally (below 5mm in the south and east), but up to 15mm in parts of the far west and northwest. This is well below the weekly average for April. The next 7 days will bring quite similar rainfall amounts, as high pressure is never too far away from us. Generally we can expect 5 to 10mm over the next week, highest in the northwest. This is below average for April. There is some uncertainty regarding next weekend, some rain may push in from the west, but it will likely stay mostly dry.

Temperatures

A notably cold airmass lay across Ireland over the last week with mean air temperatures generally 2 to 4 degrees below the April average at just 4 to 6 degrees. Soil temperatures had remained slightly above average for most of the week, but they have now returned to normal, generally 8 to 9 degrees. Mean air temperatures will recover to more typical values through next week, although the nights will remain quite cold with slight frosts until later in the week, as skies will clear at times and winds will be light.

Sunshine

The past 7 days have been brighter than normal, with around 30 to 45 hours of sunshine recorded across the country. The southern half of the country recorded the most sunshine with around 130% 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. However winds remain light.

Spraying

There will be limited opportunities for spraying over the next couple of days as there will be showers at times. Although winds will be generally light. There may be an opportunity this afternoon in the southern half of the country, but showers will return tonight. 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 coming week with lower than normal rainfall forecast soil moisture deficits will increase. By next weekend SMDs will be around 5mm in the northwest to 35mm in the southeast.

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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