Extreme weather becoming the norm

Scorching weather returns: starting in Algarve from today

Little doubt that government will announce new  ‘situation of contingency’ 

Nine regions of mainland Portugal are to come under a yellow warning for tomorrow and Thursday due to the forecast persistence of high maximum temperatures, reports Lusa.

The regions of Vila Real, Bragança, Viseu, Guarda, Castelo Branco, Portalegre, Évora, Beja and Faro will be under yellow warning between 09:00 tomorrow and 17:00 on Thursday.

In the Faro region (Algarve), the yellow warning started at 9.00 today.

Says Lusa, IPMA will raise the yellow warning to orange in the districts of Bragança and Guarda between 09.00 on Thursday to 06:00 on Friday “because of hot weather”.

Meantime, IPMA has placed around 50 municipalities in the districts of Bragança, Vila Real, Viseu, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Santarém, Castelo Branco, Portalegre and Faro in danger of rural fire today; while “several districts of Vila Real, Viseu, Bragança, Guarda, Coimbra, Leiria, Santarém, Castelo Branco, Portalegre, Lisbon, Beja and Far” are in “very high danger of rural fire”.

Fire danger has five levels, explains Lusa, ranging from low to maximum and the calculations are obtained from the air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and amount of precipitation in the last 24 hours.

At 07:30 today, the fires burning in the municipalities of Murça and Chaves, in the district of Vila Real, were those that mobilized most resources, with almost 700 firefighters on the ground, supported by more than 270 land appliances, according to data from civil protection.

According to ANEPC, at 7:30am, 728 operatives were fighting the four fires in progress, supported by 246 vehicles.

More than a thousand operatives were fighting 32 fires – between ongoing fires, resolution and clear up operations in mainland Portugal, with the help of 429 vehicles.

Source: Lusa