29 districts in Portugal at very high or maximum fire risk

Algarve municipality Tavira is at maximum fire risk

Nearly 30 districts in Portugal are facing at least a very high risk of wildfires, according to the national meteorological institute IPMA.

Tavira in the Algarve is the only national borough at maximum risk of wildfires, while 28 districts in the interior north, centre and Algarve regions are deemed at very high risk.

The boroughs facing a very high risk are in Bragança (three), Castelo Branco (seven), Santarém (eight), Portalegre (five) and Faro (five).

At high risk are dozens of districts of the interior north and centre, the south Alentejo and Algarve, IPMA adds.

The fire risk, determined by IPMA, has five levels, ranging from low to maximum. The calculations are obtained from the air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and amount of rainfall in the last 24 hours.

For today, IPMA foresees a small increase in the maximum temperature in the North and Centre regions, slightly cloudy or clear sky, sometimes strong wind in the highlands and a sharp cooling at night. A small rise in minimum temperature is also expected.

As for temperatures, the minimums will vary between 5ºC (Braga) and 13ºC (Lisbon) and the maximum between 21ºC (Guarda) and 31ºC (Santarem).

Source: Lusa