Weekend weather: cold to continue; becoming mild next week
Today will be another cold and mainly dry day with perhaps just the odd shower affecting the east and south in light variable or easterly breezes, according to Met Éireann. Frost and fog will clear slowly, but fog may linger, especially in the north and some parts of the midlands or east. Afternoon temperatures will reach just 2°C to 7°C generally.
Friday night will be cold and mostly dry with just a few isolated showers. Mist and fog will from again in light easterly breezes but winds will be moderate along south and parts of the east coasts. Temperatures falling to around -2°C to +1°C.
On Saturday any frost and fog will soon clear in the morning in a light to moderate easterly breeze. It will be dull or cloudy but mostly dry with just isolated showers. Top temperatures will reach 5°C to 9°C.
Saturday night will not be as cold as recent nights as east to southeasterly winds remain light to moderate, with some mist or fog patches forming. It will be mostly dry with good clear spells but some showers may affect parts of the east and southwest.
Sunday will be mostly dry with some sunny spells and just the odd showers perhaps in the southwest. Top temperatures will be around 5°C to 9°C in a light to moderate easterly breeze.
Sunday night will be mainly dry with some clear spells. Lowest temperatures will fall to around zero to +4°C in mainly light easterly breezes, moderate near east and south coasts.
It will gradually become milder from Monday onwards as winds veer southeasterly and later south to southwesterly bringing cloudier conditions. Monday will still be mostly dry but later outbreaks of rain will affect mainly the southwest and west. Monday night will be largely frost-free.
Beef: As we enter a busy period on winter-finishing farms, Adam Woods looks at assessing animals that are fit for slaughter.
Dairy: With many spring-calving farmers drying off cows now, it is more important than ever to plan your day, writes Jack Kennedy.
Sheep: Early housing of ewes can create problems, but some good practices help the process run smoothly.
Tillage: The arrival of December opens the door for winter ploughing and for the burning off of vegetation that will carry diseases and pests to the following crop.