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Forecast issued at: Friday 21st January 2022 14:00


The past 7 days have been substantially drier than normal with less than 8mm of rain recorded in most areas, which equate to less than 25 % of the average for this time of year. It was wettest in the southwest with 32% of the average or 12.3 mm of rain recorded at Valentia. The next 7 days look set to continue much drier than normal, with between just 1 and 5 mm expected for many areas. Western and northwestern fringes will see a little more rainfall, between around 10 to 20mm, which equates to around 30 to 45% of normal.


Mean air temperatures over the past 7 days have ranged from 3.5 degrees in the east to 8.6 degrees in the southwest. Temperatures have been between 0.3 and 1.3 degrees above average over the western half of the country, and between 0.1 and 1.8 degrees below average over the eastern half of the country. Mean air temperatures are forecast to be between 1 and 2 degrees above average over the coming week, ranging between 5 and 8 degrees, highest in the Atlantic coastal fringes. Soil temperatures have ranged between 3.9 and 7.6 degrees, near average in eastern parts of Leinster but rising a degree or two warmer than average elsewhere. Mean soil temperatures will likely rise a little in northern parts, but hold closer to average towards the south and east.


The past week has seen a variation in sunshine totals with the sunniest conditions in the east and southeast, and the dullest conditions recorded in the north and parts of the west and south. Johnstown Castle recorded the most sunshine with 23.1 hours of sunshine recorded, 181% of the normal. The dullest weather was recorded at Shannon Airport with just 62% (7.3hrs) of normal recorded there. Overall, sunshine totals over the next 7 days will be below normal across the north and west, with totals closer to or above normal in the south and east.

Drying Conditions

Drying conditions are pretty poor at the moment even with the lack of rainfall, humidity levels are fairly high and winds are mostly light, inhibiting much drying. However the best of the marginal drying will be in the south and east.


There will be good opportunities for spraying during the rest of this week and over the weekend as it remains mostly dry, and winds will be relatively light.

Field Conditions

All soils are currently at saturation with most poorly drained soils approaching waterlogging in places. Despite below average rainfall expected over the coming week, there will little change in the soil conditions with poor drying expected.

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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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