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 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.
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 C., above average in most places, about 1 or 2 C., 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.
Good drying conditions are expected outside of any showery episodes.
Spraying conditions will be good away from showers as breezes will be mostly light.
Field conditions and trafficability have been good in the main recently. All soils are trafficable bar some poorly drained soils in the west.
There's a risk of conditions conducive to spread of potato especially in parts near the south coast, as humidities will be high and there could be prolonged misty periods at times.