issuedtime 2018-02-24T13:00:00+00:00 Met.ie

Farming Weather Analysis

Saturday 24 February 2018 13:00

Rain

The earlier part of Feb was fairly wet but the weather has started to dry out and rainfall for the past week or so is around 20 to 30% of normal for the bulk of the country. Very little precipitation is expected for the weekend or the start of next week, but sleet and snow showers will spread from the east from about Tuesday onwards. There will be some significant accumulation along the Leinster and south Munster coast, less so through the middle of the country and very little percip in the west.

Temperatures

Last weekend and the beginning of this week has been quiet mild but after midweek it did gradually get cooler; mean temps for the past 7 days, are just slightly below average. There will be a continuing cooling through the weekend and then some very cold days are expected next week. The net result is that mean temps will be lower by about 4 to 5 degrees through the next 7 days.

Sunshine

Sunshine figures have been normal or above this past week between 120 to 150 % away from the southwest. Today is very overcast but there should be better sunshine through Sunday and Monday. However from Tuesday onwards showers activity will be a feature and this will reduce the amount of sunshine.

Drying Conditions

Drying will be good, outside of wintry precipitation.

Spraying

Good opportunities for spraying this weekend, early next week.

Field Conditions

The land had been very wet up to mid-Feb but there has been an improvement in recent days. There will be a continuing increase in soil moisture deficits through the weekend and during next week, despite the wintry showers.