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Mercer Ward, from Hillsborough in Co. Down, gets some practice in ahead of the ploughing championships. Photo: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie

Mercer Ward, from Hillsborough in Co. Down, gets some practice in ahead of the ploughing championships. Photo: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie

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Mercer Ward, from Hillsborough in Co. Down, gets some practice in ahead of the ploughing championships. Photo: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie

TEMPERATURES will stay above average for the rest of the month, as the Indian summer continues.

Those descending on Stradbally for the start of the ploughing championships will be buoyed by the news that mud should be kept to a minimum.

While it won't stay completely dry, after some patchy drizzle this morning we should not see too much rain over the coming week.

Temperatures are forecast to stay above average for September at about 16 to 17 degrees celsius.

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Rugby stars Rob and Dave Kearney joined the National Dairy Council on the first day of the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois 
Picture Dylan Vaughan

Rugby stars Rob and Dave Kearney joined the National Dairy Council on the first day of the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois Picture Dylan Vaughan

Rob and Dave Kearney to Join NDC at Ploughing & Judge ‘Welly Line Out’ NDCDome at  ploughing: Block 3/ Row 21/ Stand 306
 Picture Dylan Vaughan

Rob and Dave Kearney to Join NDC at Ploughing & Judge ‘Welly Line Out’ NDCDome at ploughing: Block 3/ Row 21/ Stand 306 Picture Dylan Vaughan

23 Sept 2014;  General view of vintage tractors. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; General view of vintage tractors. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014;  DJ Courtney from West Cork enjoying the ploughing championships.  National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; DJ Courtney from West Cork enjoying the ploughing championships. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; Chloe, 7, Amy, 4, and Shanon, 9, from Ballyknockan, Portlaois.  National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; Chloe, 7, Amy, 4, and Shanon, 9, from Ballyknockan, Portlaois. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; Kate Doherty, 2, from Rathkeale, Limerick, plays with toy farm. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; Kate Doherty, 2, from Rathkeale, Limerick, plays with toy farm. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Rugby stars Rob and Dave Kearney joined the National Dairy Council on the first day of the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois 
Picture Dylan Vaughan

Rugby stars Rob and Dave Kearney joined the National Dairy Council on the first day of the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois Picture Dylan Vaughan

Rugby stars Rob and Dave Kearney joined the National Dairy Council on the first day of the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois 
Picture Dylan Vaughan

Rugby stars Rob and Dave Kearney joined the National Dairy Council on the first day of the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois Picture Dylan Vaughan

Rugby stars Rob and Dave Kearney joined the National Dairy Council on the first day of the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois 
Pictured were Rob And Dave Kearney in the Welly Line Out.
Picture Dylan Vaughan

Rugby stars Rob and Dave Kearney joined the National Dairy Council on the first day of the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois Pictured were Rob And Dave Kearney in the Welly Line Out. Picture Dylan Vaughan

23 Sept 2014; Michael Francis, from Athlone, Westmeath, and his grandson William Redmond, 2. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; Michael Francis, from Athlone, Westmeath, and his grandson William Redmond, 2. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; Man enjoys a snack. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; Man enjoys a snack. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014;  Emma Tracey, 16, Nicola O'Keeffe, 15, Ciara Hughes, 16, and Christina Tobin, 15, from Clonmel, Tipperary. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; Emma Tracey, 16, Nicola O'Keeffe, 15, Ciara Hughes, 16, and Christina Tobin, 15, from Clonmel, Tipperary. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014;  Mick and Kathleen from Gurteen, Co. Sligo. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; Mick and Kathleen from Gurteen, Co. Sligo. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014;  Dean Earle, 13, from Gorey, Wexford, tries his hand at a milking machine. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; Dean Earle, 13, from Gorey, Wexford, tries his hand at a milking machine. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014;  Group from Carlow. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; Group from Carlow. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014;  General view of the Irish Independent tent. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; General view of the Irish Independent tent. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Sr. Monica, left, and Sr. Gwen, from the Carmelite Monestary, Delgany, Wicklow. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Sr. Monica, left, and Sr. Gwen, from the Carmelite Monestary, Delgany, Wicklow. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Ben, 8, and brother George Guiney, 8, from Brosna, Co. Kerry, pictured with a Combine Harvester.  National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Ben, 8, and brother George Guiney, 8, from Brosna, Co. Kerry, pictured with a Combine Harvester. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Young revellers from Kilkenny. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Young revellers from Kilkenny. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

l-r; Rebecca Ogilvie, 10, Ellie Keogh, 10, and Niamh Ogilivie, 12, from Clonroche, Wexford. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

l-r; Rebecca Ogilvie, 10, Ellie Keogh, 10, and Niamh Ogilivie, 12, from Clonroche, Wexford. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Kayla McAuley, 10, from Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Kayla McAuley, 10, from Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

l-r; Joe Phelan, from Laois, Raymond Delaney, from Laois, and Peter Browne, from Offaly. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

l-r; Joe Phelan, from Laois, Raymond Delaney, from Laois, and Peter Browne, from Offaly. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Young boy takes photo of pigs. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Young boy takes photo of pigs. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014;  l-r; Sophie Clancy, 16, Roisin McGrath, 16, and Claire O'Toole, 16, from Ennistymon, Co. Clare.  National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; l-r; Sophie Clancy, 16, Roisin McGrath, 16, and Claire O'Toole, 16, from Ennistymon, Co. Clare. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; The Condren family; Eddie and Michelle with children Orlaith, 11, and Eabha, 9, from Abbeyleix.  National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; The Condren family; Eddie and Michelle with children Orlaith, 11, and Eabha, 9, from Abbeyleix. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; Twins Leo, left, and James Walsh, 6, from Castlebellingham. Co. Louth. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; Twins Leo, left, and James Walsh, 6, from Castlebellingham. Co. Louth. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014;  l-r; Cameron Byrnes, 15, Lauren Norton, 16, Amy Kelly, 15, and Ellen Liddy, 15, from Ennis, Co. Clare.  National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; l-r; Cameron Byrnes, 15, Lauren Norton, 16, Amy Kelly, 15, and Ellen Liddy, 15, from Ennis, Co. Clare. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014;  Frank and Joan Burke, from Newbridge, Co. Kildare. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

23 Sept 2014; Frank and Joan Burke, from Newbridge, Co. Kildare. National Ploughing Championships 2014. Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co. Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

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Rugby stars Rob and Dave Kearney joined the National Dairy Council on the first day of the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois Picture Dylan Vaughan

The weather is likely to stay relatively warm and settled across the entire country going into the weekend.

Forecaster Gerry Murphy said: "For the three days the rainfall amounts will be quite small, but it won't be completely dry.

"It will be about a degree above average for this time of year until the end of the month.

"The ploughing championships will start off with rain and drizzle but then by the end of the morning that will have disappeared. The afternoon will be dry and bright with some sunshine."

Irish Independent