Easnaimh Thaise na hIthreach

Forecast issued at: Wednesday 17th April 2024 14:00

Rain

It has continued wetter than average across the country for the past week, with 2 to 2.8 times of average rainfall recorded for many areas in the northern half of the country. However, rainfall totals were close to or even below normal across south Leinster and Munster. Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan, recorded the most rainfall, 46mm, which equates to 286% of average. It was the driest in Oak Park Carlow with just 8.8 mm tallied here, equating to 67% of average. High pressure in the Atlantic is forecast to gradually move closer in the coming days, leading to well below average rainfall amounts, with less than 5mm forecast countrywide.

Temperatures

While it turned cooler over the past few days, it has generally been milder than average for the past week with mean air temperatures coming in between 8.2 and 10.7 degrees Celsius, which is between 0.6 and 2.4 degrees above normal. For the coming week, mean air temperatures for the period expected to be normal or a degree above, ranging from between 8 and 10 degrees Celsius. Soil temperatures have been above normal, ranging from 8.6 to 11.3 degrees, which is between 1.6 and 3.4 degrees above average, and will remain above normal.

Sunshine

It has been generally a little duller than average for the past week, with sunshine amounts ranging from 58% of normal to 95%. It was sunniest in the East, with 34.1 hours of sunshine recorded in Dublin Airport, whereas Valentia in Co. Kerry was dullest with 20.5 hours of sunshine recorded there. As high pressure builds over the weekend, sunshine amounts will likely trend above average.

Drying Conditions

Even though the winds will ease, drying conditions will improve as the week progresses with mostly dry conditions forecast.

Spraying

There'll be opportunities for spraying after today as winds ease and it becomes drier.

Field Conditions

Currently, many well drained soils are saturated, though some well rained soils in the South and Southwest are trafficable. Most poorly drained and moderately drained soils are currently saturated or waterlogged. With lower than average rainfall amounts expected this week, trafficability will improve. Most well drained soils will become trafficable, with some improvement in moderate and poorly drained soils too.

Forecast maps and meteograms can be found on Blight Forecast.

Agricultural Data Graphs

Soil Moisture Deficits

Déantar Easnaimh Thaise na hIthreach (SMD) (mm) a ríomh le haghaidh trí chineál ithreach: draenáilte go maith, draenáilte go measartha agus gan mórán draenála déanta uirthi. Le haghaidh tuilleadh eolais maidir leis an gcaoi a ríomhtar Easnaimh Thaise na hIthreach, cliceáil anseo.