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Forecast issued at: Sunday 17th October 2021 12:00

Rain

Rainfall amounts over the last 7 days have been well below normal nationwide. It was driest at Casement Aerodrome in County Dublin with just over 3mm of precipitation recorded. The wettest station was Malin Head in County Donegal with just over 25mm of rainfall recorded. The next 7 days are expected to be wetter than average across all of the country. Atlantic coastal counties are expected to see around twice the weekly average rainfall with around 50-80mm forecast over the next 7 days. Eastern areas are forecast to receive around 20-30mm of rainfall, slightly above average.

Temperatures

Mean air temperatures have been slightly above average across the country in the last 7 days with mean temperatures of around 11 or 12 degrees. Temperatures are forecast to be 1 or 2 degrees above average next week as a mild southerly air-flow dominates early in the week but it will turn cooler later in the week. Soil temperatures remain between 2 and 4 degrees above normal for October, presently ranging 12 to 14 degrees.

Sunshine

Munster was the sunniest province over the last week with 31 hours of sunshine recorded at Valentia in County Kerry, 159% of average. For much of Leinster and Connacht amounts were close to average with around 15 to 20 hours of sunshine. It was dullest in Ulster with Malin Head in County Donegal recording over 8 hours of sunshine, around half of average for this time in October. Sunshine amounts in the coming 7 days are expected to be below average due to the unsettled weather pattern.

Drying Conditions

Drying will be fairly poor over the next 7 days due to the unsettled weather conditions with frequent spells of wet and windy weather.

Spraying

There will be very limited opportunities for spraying over the next 7 days. There may be some opportunities for a time today.

Field Conditions

Across most of the country, soils are close to saturation and some poorly drained soils are waterlogged. The exception are soils in central and southern Leinster which are dry to normal, with soil moisture deficits of 10 to 30mm. Over the coming week, all soils will see a decrease in their soil moisture deficits with many moderately and poorly drained soils becoming waterlogged.

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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