Rain, rain, rain... and snow!

Rain, rain, rain… and snow!

If you’re planning a walk in the sunshine this weekend, think again.
The Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) is predicting two days of rain and heavy clouds with possibly even snow on higher ground – and the rotten weather could last all the way to Thursday (April 3).
Worse still, temperatures will be dropping markedly in some areas.
IPMA meteorologist Maria João Frada said today (March 28): “Saturday will bring us mostly heavily-clouded skies, rain showers starting in the afternoon which may turn into snow at altitudes of around 1,200-1,400 metres, low-level winds, morning haze or mist and a general decrease of minimum temperatures.”
Sunday will be even worse.
“The sky will be filled with clouds and continuous rainfall is expected,” she added, predicting that rain will go on falling until as far on as Thursday.
Maximum temperatures are placed at around 15ºC for Faro, Beja, Évora, Leiria, Castelo Branco, Coimbra and Aveiro, and 14ºC for Lisbon, Porto, Viana do Castelo and Braga. All other districts can only hope to get as warm as 13ºC.
The coldest it will get, according to IPMA, is 1ºC in Guarda and Viseu.
Temperatures for Madeira and the Azores will vary between 20ºC and 13ºC (maximum) and 14ºC and 8ºC (minimum), with “very high chances” of rain.