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Met Éireann has issued a potato blight warning for the entire country

By Sarah Finnan

June 11, 2020 at 12:07pm

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Remember the thing that caused the famine? Yes, well Met Éireann has issued an 'Environmental Warning' for the country warning that conditions will be conducive to the spread of potato blight this weekend.

We didn't think it was possible, but yep 2020 just got worse as Met Éireann has issued a potato blight warning for the entire country - confirming, what we've suspected for some time now, that we're in fact moving backwards and not forwards.

Appearing on the website under the heading 'Environmental Warnings', Met Éireann writes:

"Weather conditions conducive to the spread of potato blight will occur this weekend."

Great... just great.

Issued at 11pm on Wednesday night, it doesn't specifically state when the warning is in place until however as it mentions the weekend, it will most likely extend into next week.

Caused by a fungus-like organism, potato blight spreads rapidly in warm humid weather causing collapse and decay. Not good in other words.  In order for blight to occur, the 'ideal' conditions call for at least a 12 hour period with temperatures of 10 degrees or higher and relative humidity greater than 90 per cent.

As for the rest of the forecast, well there's not great news there either. Today is expected to be a breezy day nationwide with a "good deal of cloud and some showers". Tonight will be showery bringing occasional heavy bursts while tomorrow will be fairly cloudy with further showery outbreaks. Saturday is predicted to be rainy though there will be a good deal of dry weather overnight, spilling over into Sunday which will be warm and humid with sunshine and heavy showers.

Perfect.

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