Rainfall has been above normal across much of the country over the past seven days, this mostly due to the rainfall of yesterday evening and last night. Much of Munster and Connacht and the Midlands had between 110 and 125% of normal, however eastern coastal areas and Ulster had below normal expected values over the past week. With spells of rain and showers expected over the coming week it is likely that rainfall accumulations will be above normal along the southeast, southwest and western coastal parts for the coming week. However inland areas are likely to have below normal values with 50 to 80% of long term average expected.
Mean air temperatures in the last week have been close to 1 or 2 degrees above normal over much of Munster and Leinster. However, Connacht and Ulster were slightly cooler with mean air temperatures slightly below or just close to normal. The coming week will see mean air temperatures closer to normal or perhaps dipping below normal in one or two spots.
Sunshine values over the past week have been below normal across the country. However the east and southeast had the sunniest conditions with close to 90% of normal recorded here. The west and southwest had the dullest conditions with only 35 to 45% of normal sunshine hours recorded there. With unsettled conditions forecast for the coming week it is likely sunshine amounts will be below normal.
Drying conditions will be generally poor for the coming few days. However conditions improving somewhat as we head towards the weekend, though showers will still be a feature then.
Spraying conditions will be mostly poor due to rain or wind.
Most soils are trafficable at present, however soils in parts of the west and southwest becoming saturated at times this week, with some poorly drained soils in Connacht becoming water-logged from time to time.