Stormy weather places six districts under ‘yellow alert’ in Portugal

Six districts in Portugal will be placed under ‘yellow alert’ until tomorrow due to forecasts of heavy rain and thunderstorms.

The worst of the stormy weather is set to hit Leiria, Lisbon and Setúbal at around 3pm today, while the ‘yellow alert’ will come into effect in Évora, Beja and Faro at 9pm and remain in place until 6am the following morning.

The weather is expected to start clearing up by Sunday, according to forecasts from the Portuguese Sea and Atmosphere Institute (IPMA).

Temperatures will be mild for the most part throughout the coming days, with maximums ranging between 15ºC and 19ºC across the country and minimums rarely dropping below 10ºC except in northern inland regions, where they could fall to as low as 4ºC.

Meanwhile, Portimão’s civil protection services have put out a weather warning urging the population to be especially cautious.

Recommendations include ensuring water drainage systems are cleared, driving defensively, avoiding areas prone to flooding, ensuring loose structures are properly secured, avoiding coastal areas and refraining from water sports.

Visit www.ipma.pt for more forecasts.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com