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Latest Farming Commentary

Forecast issued at: Saturday 26th May 2018 09:00


Over the past week, west Munster, Connacht and west Ulster had above average rainfall. Many places had just slightly above but west Munster was wettest with rainfall of 150 to 200% of long term average. But we had drier conditions further east with values generally between 15 and 60 % of normal in Leinster and east Munster and east Ulster. Overall general rainfall is expected to be well below normal in the week ahead countrywide, however thundery conditions are likely over the next few days and where thundery downpours break out, some areas will get torrential rainfall over short periods, biggest risk is over southern counties.


Last week, mean air temperatures were close to normal in northern areas and along the west coast, elsewhere mean temperatures were 1 to 2 degrees above average. Soils temperatures were 1.5 to 3 degrees above long term average. The week ahead is expected to be warm. Mean air temperatures expected to be 3 or 4 degrees Celsius above average in most places, about 1 or 2 degrees Celsius above average along coasts.


Sunshine values were mostly above normal over the past week with between 100 and 140% of the long-term average. The sunniest conditions were recorded in the southwest and west. Sunshine totals are expected to be above normal for the coming week.

Drying Conditions

Good drying conditions are expected outside of any showery episodes.


Spraying conditions will be good away from showers as breezes will be mostly light. Conditions will be somewhat poorer at times due to showery periods.

Field Conditions

Field conditions and trafficability have been good in the main recently. All soils are trafficable bar some poorly drained soils in the west. Not much change expected overall in the coming days but localised thundery downpours from Saturday could have an effect on conditions locally.

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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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