Poor weather fails to halt play

The overnight storms in the North and North West of the country have failed to disrupt the business of farming.

All of the co-ops in the affected areas have confirmed to AgriLand that milk collection lorries are getting to farm their destinations.

“We have had no reports of fallen trees preventing lorries getting on farm,” an Aurivo spokesperson explained.

“But if there are any farmers affected by such circumstances, obviously they should contact us as a matter of priority. Our fleet of lorries is well capable of dealing with the worst the weather can throw. For example, back in the horrendously cold spell at the end of 2010, not one farm collection was missed.”

Glanbia has, likewise, confirmed that the weather had not caused any disruption to its milk collection activities this morning. The Irish Farmers Association is confirming no disruption on farms so far.

“If there are any issues arising, farmers in the North and North West are most likely to be in the firing line,” a spokesman for the organisation confirmed.

Met Eireann has this morning issued a wind warning for Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal that it says is valid until the afternoon.

According to forecasters, strong to gale force and gusty west to northwest winds, will give some severe gusts over Ulster, north Connacht and north Leinster.

Met Eireann says values will range 85 to 100km/h generally, but will be higher in exposed coastal and hilly parts of Ulster, with gusts of 110 to 120 km/h expected.

There will also be rain in parts this morning heaviest in northern areas. Winds are expected to moderate in the afternoon.

Temperatures are expected to be just five to seven degrees., over Ulster, but eight to 10 degrees. Met Eireann notes though it will feel cold.

Tonight is forecast to be cold over Ulster and Leinster, with some frost and temperatures down to zero or slightly below. Cloudy and misty weather is expected in other parts overnight.

Met Eireann says the outlook for tomorrow is for generally cloudy and misty weather. Top temperatures seven to 11 C, best along the Atlantic Seaboard.

For the weekend Met Eireann forecasts settled weather. It says with temperatures will be normal or slightly above by day. The nights will be mild too, with very few if any frosts. Rainfall is forecast to be will be well below normal.

 

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