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Biting weather to take brighter turn at weekend

Is there light at the end of the Arctic weather tunnel for farmers?

Hopefully, yes!

According to the latest forecast from Met Eireann, the biting easterly winds that have brought freezing Siberian temperatures in their wake will fade and be replaced over the weekend by more traditional westerlies.

"The high pressure over Scotland and Scandinavia that has been producing these easterly winds will be eaten away at the end of the week and by Sunday we should see a return to more typical weather," Eoin Sherlock of Met Eireann said.

Doubling

Mr Sherlock said the resumption of Atlantic airflows would be accompanied by a doubling of air temperatures to a more normal 8°C to 11°C.

"Temperatures should start to lift in the west from Friday but the east will remain colder until Sunday," Mr Sherlock forecast.

He said the Atlantic airflow would bring some "soft April showers" into southern counties but heavy rain was not anticipated.

The lift in temperatures will come as a welcome relief to farmers. Grass growth rates are more than 40pc below normal in Teagasc Moorepark and non-existent in the north of the country.

The hope is that conditions on farms might turn quickly if ground temperatures improve.

Irish Independent