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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Soil moisture deficits hit 40mm as no large rainfall amounts forecast

Cattle grazing at Ballyloughan Castle in Bagenalstown, Co Carlow. Photo: Roger Jones
Cattle grazing at Ballyloughan Castle in Bagenalstown, Co Carlow. Photo: Roger Jones
Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

Land across the country is very dry with soil moisture deficits of around 40mm, according to Met Eireann.

It says the situation is unlikely to improve to any extend in the week ahead with some restriction in growth likely.

The first week of May has seen a continuation of the recent extended spell of dry weather, with little or no rainfall over the northern half of the country.

Many other places had less than 25% of average, but parts of the south and southwest recorded 25 to 50% of normal this due to rainfall last weekend.

Met Eireann says dry weather is forecast for the coming few days but towards the later part of the week (Friday and over the weekend) some showers and rain are expected but large rainfall amounts are not forecast at this stage.

Temperatures improved remarkably in the early days of last week (over 20 degrees Celsius recorded in the northwest of the country), temperatures then fell back through the second half of the week.

Met Eireann says the next seven days will see temperatures close to or about a half a degree above normal in most places.

The past week has seen sunshine values above normal virtually everywhere.

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The best of the sunshine and indeed the temperatures were in the west and northwest with sunshine of 160 to 200% of average through Connacht and Ulster, however it was a little cloudy in the far southwest and values here were slightly below average.

Overall sunshine figures for the week ahead should be average or above average in some places.

Met Eireann forecasts good conditions for spraying over the next few days but conditions are likely to deteriorate towards the latter part of next week.

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