Potato blight warning issued for South Galway

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Galway daily news Potato blight warning issued for South Galway

Met Eireann has issued another environmental warning for weather that could encourage the spread of potato blight in South Galway this week.

Weather conditions conducive to the spread of potato blight are forecast to occur early this week.

Potato blight is caused by a fungus called Phytophthora infestans that spreads through the air and thrives in humid weather.

Its symptoms include patches of brown freckles on leaves with a yellowish border, dark patches on tubers, and potatoes rotting into soggy masses.

The advisory from Met Eireann issued on Sunday covers all of Munster, as well as the south of Galway.

Opportunities for spraying are expected to be limited due to unsettled conditions.

The forecast for early this week Galway is for mostly overcast conditions with spells of rain.

Temperatures will range in the mid teens today, getting warmer and more humid on Tuesday, where the mercury is expected to hit 18 – 19 degrees.

Rain will die off from the midweek for the most part, with some sunny spells currently expected on Wednesday.