ANPC issues high temperature and fire risk warnings

ANPC ISSUES HIGH TEMPERATURE AND FIRE RISK WARNINGS

Following the contact with the IPMA held today, August 4, the ANPC Command of Relief Operations (CNOS) has issued a statement that the warm and dry weather will continue for the next 72 hours with an intensification of the wind, highlighting:

SITUATION

– Maximum temperatures varying between 36-40ºC, in the districts of Castelo Branco, Portalegre, Évora, Beja and Faro, and between 30-35ºC, in the districts of Bragança, Braga, Vila Real, Viseu, Guarda, Coimbra , Santarém and Lisbon. The minimum temperatures will be around 20ºC in the Alentejo interior and in the Algarve leeward coast.

Today moderate winds (up to 25 km / h) from the northwest, being temporarily from southwest in the Aalentejo leeward in the afternoon, being moderate from the afternoon, and sometimes strong (up to 40 km / h) with gusts up to 60 km / H on the coast south of Cape Carvoeiro and in the highlands of the center and south.

– From tomorrow and Monday, the wind will be moderate (up to 30 km / h) from the north / northwest quadrant, blowing moderate to strong (up to 45 km / h) on the west coast and uplands, sometimes with gusts up to 65 Km / h, especially during the afternoon. During the night period, the wind will turn northeast to moderate to strong, in the north and center regions, particularly in the highlands.

– The Relative Humidity (RH) will be 20-30% in the interior regions of the Continent, in a range that can extend to the coast in the South, with night time  recovery in the general territory (> 75%), except In the district of Faro (35 – 65%), during the night from Friday to Saturday.

– In the night from Saturday to Sunday, there will be a rise of HR over 70% in most of the territory and between 35 – 65% in the districts of Bragança, Porto, Viseu, Castelo Branco, Portalegre and Faro.

Fire risk indices will remain in the “very high” to “maximum” in the Algarve regions and in the North and Center regions, with the exception of the coast.

  1. EXPECTABLE EFFECTS

 

Depending on the forecast of the evolution of the meteorological conditions it is expected:

– Hot and dry weather. Moderate wind with conditions favourable to the eventual occurrence and propagation of forest fires.

 

  1. PREVENTIVE MEASURES

The ANPC recalls that, in accordance with the legal provisions in force, it is not allowed:

– Carrying out fires, for bonfires for recreation or leisure, or for food confectionery;

– Use of burning and combustion equipment for lighting or food confectionery;

– To burn cut and mowed bushes and any type of leftovers of exploitation;

– The launching of flasks with lit wick or any other type of rocket;

– Smoking or making fire of any kind in the forest spaces and pathways that surround them;

– Fumigation or disinfestation in apiaries with fumigators that are not equipped with sparking devices.

The ANPC also recalls some precautions to be taken, in the light of the predicted weather conditions, to carry out agricultural and forestry work, namely:

– Keep machines and equipment clean of oils and dust;

– To supply the machines in cold and in place with little vegetation;

– Be careful of the sparks during their handling, avoiding their use during periods of high heat.

The ANPC also recommends the adequacy of the behaviour and attitudes towards the forest fire danger situation, in particular with the adoption of the necessary preventive and precautionary measures, observing the prohibitions in force and paying special attention to the evolution of the fire danger for the next days , Available from the websites of the ANPC and IPMA, at the Forestry Technical Offices of the Municipalities and Fire Departments.


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