Thunderstorms ‘light up’ Algarve – seven districts under ‘yellow alert’

Every district in mainland Portugal except for Bragança is under ‘yellow alert’ today due to forecasts of heavy rain, accompanied in some parts of the country by thunderstorms and strong wind gusts.

According to Portugal’s Sea and Atmosphere Institute (IPMA), Faro, Évora, Beja, Setúbal, Lisbon, Santarém, Portalegre and Castelo Branco will be under ‘yellow alert’ until 9pm due to heavy rain forecasts and until 6pm due to the likelihood of thunderstorms.

Indeed, thunderstorms were reported all over the Algarve last night, particularly in the Western Algarve (Barlavento).

Local meteorologist Bruno Gonçalves from Meteofontes says that around 23mm and 18mm of rain have already fallen at Sítio das Fontes and Carvoeiro, respectively, in Lagoa.

He predicts the heavy rain and thunder will continue into this afternoon, with the worst of it likely to hit the Eastern Algarve (Sotavento). Floods have already been reported in the Tavira area.

The gloomy weather is expected to continue into the weekend, albeit with forecasts pointing to a lower chance of thunderstorms.

Temperatures are normal for this time of year, with minimums ranging today from 9ºC in the north to 13ºC in the south and maximums between 13ºC and 18ºC in the north and 18ºC in 21ºC below Lisbon.