Third heat wave starts Saturday, warns IPMA president

August ends with third heat wave. September will be warmer than previous years.

The end of the week will be marked by a new heat wave, which should start on August 20th, warned Jorge Miguel Miranda, president of the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA), who met with the Government this Wednesday to assess the weather forecasts for the coming days.

“We went through a [first] heat wave of great intensity that reached temperatures of almost fifty degrees. We went through a second wave with less intensity, but even so with great impact, and we are going to experience a third heat wave, probably in a few days”, affirmed Jorge Miguel Miranda, who also warned that “the danger of rural fire in Portugal is still in the middle of the campaign”.

The president of the IPMA added that “the forecasts are not positive in terms of precipitation” and that “September will probably be a little drier and a little warmer, as has been the case in previous months.” He also noted that the situation in the rest of Europe does not present a good prognosis, “climate change is obviously a determining factor, with a prolonged drought, a heat wave and a kind of “wind wave”, situations that are worsening each other.”

Although the Algarve will be less affected than the northern regions of the country, according to the IPMA’s forecast, maximum temperatures this Sunday will reach 35ºC in Faro and Albufeira, 33ºC in Portimão and 29ºC in Lagos.

By Alexandra Stilwell