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Forecast issued at: Wednesday 17th July 2019 10:00


The past two weeks ( first half of July) has had well below average rainfall in most areas, around 25 to 40% of normal in general, bar the north coast of Ulster which had around 80% of normal. The coming week's rainfall profile is likely be well above normal, with at least twice the average rainfall, locally 2.5 times, due to the expected unsettled conditions forecast.


Mean air temperatures have been a little above normal over the past week, ranging 15.3 C., in Malin Head to 17.1 C., in Shannon Airport Co. Clare. Mean air temperatures during the coming week are expected to be above average, despite somewhat fresher conditions for today and Thursday, but becoming close and humid again for next weekend. Night time values will be much higher than normal. Overall values will be up to 1.0 C., above in many places and locally 2.0 C. Soil temperatures over the past week have been 2 or 3 degrees warmer than normal, ranging 16.9 C., in Knock Airport to 20.5 C., in Johnstown Castle in Wexford Town. Little change is expected in the numbers; a slight increase is possible.


Sunshine amounts for the last 7 days have been below normal in all areas. On the otherhand, sunshine amounts were above everywhere else, best over Munster and south Leinster at around 150 % of average.

Drying Conditions

Drying will become poor to moderate with the changeable conditions forecast.


There will be limited opportunities for spraying.

Field Conditions

Soil moisture deficits are generally high over the southern half of the country, between 55 and 70mm, which is restricting growth somewhat. These deficits will reduce by at least 20 mm, locally more, over the coming seven day period.

Agricultural Data Graphs

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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