Rain, high winds and huge waves put Portugal on weather alert

Rain, high winds and huge waves put Portugal on weather alert

Today’s heavy rain and high winds have led Portugal’s Civil Protection Authority (APC) to send out a warning, urging people to be extra careful, particularly when they are behind the wheel.

With heavy rain falling virtually all across Portugal and winds blowing at high speed, people are being advised to be more cautious than usual when driving or even walking outside.

Six districts – Viana do Castelo, Braga, Porto, Aveiro, Coimbra and Leiria – have been placed on ‘red alert’, the most serious of warnings, due to massive waves which could reach heights of 15 metres, according to Portugal’s Sea and Atmosphere Institute (IPMA).

Lisbon, Setúbal, Beja and Faro are placed under ‘orange alert’ and could see waves reaching heights ranging from 12 to 14 metres.

Civil Protection Commander André Fernandes was on Sic Notícias’ this morning to warn people to avoid coastal spots and resist the urge to get closer and closer for “that picture”.

According to forecasts on IPMA’s website, most of the warnings will remain in place tomorrow although the weather is expected to improve by Saturday.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com