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