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Fifteen boroughs at “maximum” fire risk

Fifteen boroughs in Portugal are facing a “maximum” risk of wildfires today (July 21), according to Portugal’s sea and atmosphere institute (IPMA).

These include Mação and Sardoal (Santarém); Vila de Rei and Oleiros (Castelo Branco); Pampilhosa da Serra (Coimbra); Sabugal, Guarda, Celorico da Beira, Fornos de Algodres, Aguiar da Beira, Gouveia and Trancoso (Guarda); and Sernancelhe, Tarouca and Moimenta da Beira (Viseu).

In the Algarve, the fire risk is “very high” in Vila do Bispo, Lagos, Portimão, Monchique, Silves, Loulé, São Brás de Alportel, Tavira and Alcoutim.

IPMA calculates boroughs’ fire risks using air temperature, humidity, precipitation levels and wind speed.

In related news, today is expected to be another hot and sunny day with temperatures reaching a scorching 37ºC in the Algarve, 35ºC in the Alentejo, 27ºC in Lisbon and a much cooler 23ºC in Porto.

For more weather forecasts and information on fire risks, visit www.ipma.pt

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com