The first few days of May continued from where April left off – cool and wet. The average temperature for the past week was 7.4 Celsius, which was barely above the normal for April (6.5 Celsius) and way behind the average for May at 14.3 Celsius.
Needless to say, the temperatures for the last couple of days in April were insufficient to move the needle on the average for the month which remained a full degree Celsius below normal. There was another 20 mm of rain in the last week, so the ground remained wet and cold with soil temperatures ranging between 9 and 12 Celsius on a daily basis.
A few farmers got out on the fields with direct seeding of cereals in mid-week, but that didn’t last long as the rain came back again at the end of the week.
The next two weeks are looking much improved with only a few forecasts of showers or possible rain, even if temperatures will continue on the cool side.