Increased fire risk and North African dust clouds also forecast
Another week of scorching weather is forecast for Portugal, where some regions are expecting maximum temperatures to soar above 35ºC on Friday and Saturday.
The risk of wildfires will also increase, while the country could also be hit by a dust cloud from northern Africa, says the Institute of Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA).
“Today we still have very cloudy skies in the northern and centre regions and light rainfall, especially along the coast, which will persist in Minho until the end of the afternoon. Starting Thursday, we have a forecast of generally clear skies and a gradual increase of temperatures, with predictions pointing towards high maximum temperatures on Friday and Saturday,” IPMA meteorologist Paula Leitão told Lusa news agency on Tuesday.
According to Paula Leitão, Friday will be the day with the sharpest rise, and temperatures may exceed 30ºC to 35ºC in the Alentejo region.
The Algarve capital of Faro is expecting maximums of around 31ºC every day this week until Friday, when an even hotter 33ºC is predicted.
“Due to this situation, we will have an increased risk of fire. On Thursday and Friday, we will also have some atmospheric dust coming from North Africa, but nothing very serious,” Leitão said.
According to the meteorologist, the summer weather will be caused by a mass of warm air coming from North Africa.
“If this forecast is confirmed, temperatures will be well above normal for the season. Right now, they are already slightly above normal. Today (Tuesday), we have a 24ºC forecast for Lisbon and for Friday and Saturday, 30ºC. In the interior, we predict 30ºC in Évora and Beja today and Friday and Saturday may exceed 35ºC,” she said.
Paula Leitão added that the minimum temperatures will also be higher than normal and may reach 20ºC in some districts.
“Then from Sunday, the trend will be for lower temperatures and possible thunderstorm conditions and showers in the interior regions,” she said.
Earlier this month, meteorologist had already predicted that May would be a month of above-average temperatures.