Twelve Portuguese districts on weather alert, with high winds and waves

Twelve Portuguese districts remain on bad weather alert as IPMA – the national weather forecasting service – predicts high winds, with gusts of between 70-100 km/hour, and choppy seas prolonging throughout the day.

The yellow alert covers the districts of Bragança, Viseu, Porto, Guarda, Faro, Vila Real, Viana do Castelo, Leiria, Castelo Branco, Aveiro, Coimbra and Braga.

In the Algarve, Tavira has called a halt to traffic in and out of the port, while small boats are not being taken into Figueira da Foz.

In Funchal, Madeira, boat owners have been advised to ensure all boats are safely tethered to moorings.

As Diário de Notícias explains this morning, the storms here are all a consequence of “an especially strong el Niño”, which is affecting a number of other countries in the southern hemisphere – particularly Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay where storms and floods have seen over 150,000 people evacuated from their homes.

In the northern hemisphere also, Britain is still battling against the worst floods seen for years.