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Monday 24 July 2017

Silage on hold: Parts of the country could get 250pc of normal rainfall this week

Richie White's Slievenamon Agricultural Services crew pictured cutting silage near Drangan, Co Tipperary. Photo: Dylan Vaughan.
Richie White's Slievenamon Agricultural Services crew pictured cutting silage near Drangan, Co Tipperary. Photo: Dylan Vaughan.
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The coming week will be very unsettled with low pressure dominating, according to latest forecasts from Met Eireann.

It says rainfall is expected to be 140-200pc of average countrywide, but close to 250pc of normal in some southern areas.

It comes as the silage season continues to progress with farmers dodging the showers in recent days to get crops cut.

Met Eireann says drying conditions will in general be poor to moderate over the coming week.

Spraying opportunities will also be very limited in much of the time with unsettled and breezy conditions expected.

It says field conditions soil moisture deficits are currently between 0 and 10mm around the country, with parts of the southwest being saturated.

Well, moderately and poorly drained soils will become saturated in some parts of the country by the end of next week as the weather trends to the more unsettled.

In the past seven days, two bands of rain traversed the country (Thursday and Sunday). Otherwise the rainfall was quite showery and at times heavy.


As a result, rainfall accumulations have been on or above the expected averages for most of the country, with parts of the west and seeing 40 - 70% above average. Lowest recording were seen along east coast.

Meanwhile some unsettled, cooler weather expected in the coming days but becoming milder towards the end of the week.

Met Eireann says tomorrow, Tuesday, will be a cool, blustery day with a mixture of sunny spells and showers.

The showers will be mainly in Atlantic coastal counties at first, but will become more widespread during the day, many of them heavy, with a risk of thunderstorms, especially in the midlands, east and north.

On Wednesday, forecasts suggest while it will be dry and sunny for most areas Wednesday morning, cloudy weather with outbreaks of rain will move into the southwest during the morning and spread countrywide in the afternoon.

Further unsettled weather is expected on Thursday, Friday and into the weekend.


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