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Here is the weather forecast: a 50pc increase in drought and heavy rain events...

Irish growing season to increase by between 30-40 days by 2050

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Cattle eating silage on Hook Head during the drought in summer 2018

Cattle eating silage on Hook Head during the drought in summer 2018

Cattle eating silage on Hook Head during the drought in summer 2018

Farmers are facing a substantial increase in the number of droughts and 50pc more heavy rainfall events by the middle of this century (2041–2060).

Temperatures are projected to increase by 1–1.6°C compared with the baseline period (1981–2000), with the largest increases in the east. It will see the length of the growing season to increase by between 30-40 days.


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