Weekend weather: Portugal expects rain, cold … and even snow

Portugal braces for harsh cold spell on Monday and Tuesday – and possibly snowfall

Portugal is braced for the peak of its cold spell on Monday and Tuesday next week, according to the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA).

The cold snap will see temperatures reach minus ten degrees in Serra da Estrela, minus seven degrees in Bragança and minus one degree in Porto.

The Filomena depression arrived in Portugal on Friday in mainland Portugal and will bring some rain and possibly snowfall. 

According to the IPMA, this year temperatures are considerably lower. On Friday, the country saw temperatures range between two to five degrees below the normal temperature for this time of the year.

Faro Council last week increased the assistance it provides to homeless people due to the cold wave, and last month, a temporary shelter was set up in Portimão to provide a safe and warm place for the town’s homeless to spend the night.