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Forecast issued at: Thursday 21st February 2019 13:00


Rainfall totals over the past 7 days were below average over the bulk of the country, ranging between just under 20% of normal on the north Leinster coast and in the northeast, to between 70% and 115 % of normal elsewhere. However, rainfall was above normal along the west, southwest and southeast coast. Over the next 7 days, rainfall amounts will be well below normal almost everywhere, with current forecast amounts ranging between just 25 % of normal over a wide area to more near normal totals in the southwest. Most of this projected rainfall will occur in the form of weak frontal features these next few days, before high pressure becomes firmly established from later Saturday to Wednesday.


The past 7 days have been very mild, with mean air temperatures 3.5 degrees above normal. In fact daytime tempertuares were more like those of late March or early April. It will remain relatively very mild over the next 7 days, especially from Monday onwards. It will become even milder with mean air temperatures of 3 to 5 degrees above normal. While most nights will be frost free, Saturday night will see some frost setting in under calm and clear conditions.


The past 7 days have been slightly duller than normal in most parts of the country, with sunshine amounts ranging from 65% and 95% of normal in most areas. However, it was sunnier than normal along the east coast, with sunshine ranging between 130% and 180% of normal. Sunshine amounts over the next 7 days will vary over the next few days with equal amounts of cloud and susnhine. Current indications suggest that there is an increased chance of more widespread sunshine from Monday onwards.

Drying Conditions

Drying conditions will moderate to good in the breezy southerly winds but poor during any rain or drizzle.


There will be moderate or poor spraying conditions up to and including Monday due to breezy conditions and a little patchy rain or drizzle at times. However, there will be an improvement in spraying conditions from Monday, as winds decrease and conditions become mostly dry.

Field Conditions


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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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