Silage season to be temporarily halted by unsettled weather

There is a danger that silage season could be temporarily halted by unsettled weather conditions this week, according to Met Eireann.

Conditions are expected to become very unsettled as the week goes on, with occasional showers or longer spells of rain likely.

Some sunny breaks are forecast at first this morning, Monday, in parts of the north and east – but it is set to be mostly cloudy for the remainder of the day.

There is a risk that scattered outbreaks of rain, mainly in the west and southwest, will become persistent during the morning; conditions are expected to remain mostly dry in other areas.

Rain will gradually spread northeastwards during the afternoon, some heavy outbreaks are possible, with most areas being affected by rainfall as the evening progresses. Temperatures are set to reach between 14º and 16º.

Tonight, conditions are expected to turn mild, humid and wet. Widespread rain, possibly turning heavy at times, is also likely.

Opportunities for both drying and spraying will be few and far between over the coming days, as conditions remain generally poor, according to Met Eireann.

Meanwhile, soil moisture deficits are currently normal, it added.

Tomorrow

Heavy rain in eastern areas will clear away tomorrow morning, Tuesday, as conditions brighten up.

Some sunny spells are forecast to develop. Heavy showers are also expected, turning widespread by the afternoon with a risk of isolated thunderstorms.

Highest temperatures of between 16º and 21º in light winds are likely.

It is set to be mild and humid tomorrow night, with patches of mist and fog developing in some areas. Most places will remain dry, but there will be a possibility of some showers along coastal areas, according to Met Eireann.

Wednesday

Bright or sunny spells are forecast on Wednesday. There will be a danger of some heavy showers, as well as a slight risk of isolated thunderstorms.

Some more prolonged, heavy rain is likely in eastern areas in the afternoon and evening, as well as in many places overnight.

Maximum temperatures of 15º to 19º are expected in mostly light breezes, increasing to moderate or fresh breezes on some coasts.

Thursday

Thursday morning is set to bring a mixture of rain and some dry, bright periods.

It is forecast to become breezy, as northwest winds increase to fresh and gusty. Conditions are likely to turn cool in the afternoon, as the temperature drops to as low as 13º.

Outlook

Friday is expected to be windy and very cool, with widespread showers also possible. Temperatures are set to remain in the mid-teens.

Early indications for next weekend suggest that weather conditions will be very changeable. However, rainfall amounts will be smaller overall compared to mid-week accumulations, Met Eireann concluded.

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