With the daytime high exceeding 30 degrees Celsius for three days during the second week of May, the hot temperatures came close to being a record; but, it still wasn’t enough to catch up to the cool start in the first week.
The average temperature rose from 10.6 to 13.7 C, which leaves another half-degree yet to reach the normal for the month of 14.3 C.
It was pretty much dry throughout the week with only one millimetre of rain on Saturday evening. This brings the total precipitation for the first two weeks to 18 mm of rain, which is 50 per cent below normal. However, the forecast for the coming week is for cooler weather along with showers and periods of rain.
While the dry weather has been great for fieldwork, the soil in the fields has been slow to warm up, seemingly insulated by the very dry and crusty conditions on the surface. The average soil temperature at 10 centimetres of depth was as cool as 10 C (50 degrees Fahrenheit) at the beginning of the week and warmed up to an average of 21 C (70 F) by the end of it.