Lower-than-usual temperatures (down by 2-4 degrees C from their long-term average) were registered in the west and north-west of Romania. Temperatures above the long-term normal occurred in the south of the country and in its northeastern region named Moldova (2 C). Air temperatures averaged within –8 and +10 C, peaked at +12 C in the south and bottomed out at –13 C at night in the north.
Minor precipitation in the form of snow and sleet was reported in the north of Romania, near the border with Ukraine (5-10 mm for the week). Snow cover was seen mostly in mountainous areas, being absent in the rest of the country. Winter crops are provided with sufficient and optimal amounts of soil moisture (in the 0-50 cm soil layer) all over the country except for the southern region of Dobruja.
Winter crops are dormant in the northern regions; cereals are at the stages of three leaves and tillering. Plants continued to grow slowly in the south. (UkrAgroConsult/Business World Magazine)