It is true that summer as we knew is not the same so far this year.. And if in July you would expect warmer days, clear skies and no precipitation, weather forecasts show that will not be so in the coming days.
As of Tuesday 9th, however, the maximum temperatures will increase, between two to five degrees, from north to south, reaching 37 degrees in some areas of the country. But the weather will remain damp. An unusual scenario for this time of year, stresses the meteorologist of the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) Ricardo Tavares, DN.
According to the IPMA forecasts, this weekend will still be a shower in some localities and cloudy in the coast of mainland Portugal. A scenario that may last until Monday, due to a “depression that will pass through the continent” on this day.
Until then, maximum temperatures should remain mild, ranging from 22 (Aveiro) to 30 (Bragança), and the minimum between 14 (Viseu) and 17 in almost all regions of mainland Portugal. On the islands, the maximum temperature will vary between 24 and 27 degrees, with precipitation recorded.
However, it is from Wednesday that will feel the heat throughout the continental region, with the maximum reaching 37 degrees in areas such as Castelo Branco and Santarém. Lisbon will reach 30 degrees, Porto at 29, Évora at 36 and Faro at 29. In the archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, it should not exceed 26 degrees.
According to meteorologist Ricardo Tavares, these temperatures are “normal” for the height of the year, but not the humidity that has been felt in recent weeks and that should be prolonged in the next.
The municipalities of Mogadouro, in the district of Bragança, and Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, in Guarda, present this Saturday a maximum risk of fire, according to the IPMA. There are also more than 50 municipalities in the districts of Faro, Santarém, Portalegre, Castelo Branco, Leiria, Viseu, Vila Real and Bragança at very high risk of fire.
The fire risk determined by the IPMA has five levels, ranging from reduced to maximum, being the third highest level. Calculations for this risk are obtained from air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and amount of precipitation in the last 24 hours.
Mainland Portugal and the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores also have a very high risk of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation during this weekend. Due to the very high risk of exposure to UV radiation throughout the country, the IPMA recommends the use of sunglasses with UV filter, hat, t-shirt, sun umbrella, sunscreen and prevent children from sun exposure.