Weather alert as temperatures soar to 42ºC

Several alerts have been launched in Portugal due to forecasts of “extremely hot weather” and “tropical nights” in the coming days, with temperatures set to be as high as 42ºC.

The news will be music to the ears of beachgoers as wind will not be a problem and sea temperatures are expected to be very pleasant, ranging between 20ºC and 22ºC in the Algarve.

Caution is advised, however. Twelve districts have been placed under ‘yellow alert’ – the third most serious of all – today by Portugal’s Sea and Atmosphere Institute (IPMA) due to the hot weather. They are Beja, Évora, Setúbal, Portalegre, Santarém, Lisboa, Leiria, Coimbra, Aveiro, Porto, Braga and Viana do Castelo, as well as the Madeira archipelago.

Portugal’s civil protection authority (ANPC) has also issued a fire alert, saying that the “hot and dry weather” will increase the risk of wildfires.

Finally, the national health board (DGS) has warned the population to take adequate protection against the heat, especially those who are “most vulnerable” such as babies, children and the elderly.

Drinking lots of water, staying in cool, shaded areas and using sun lotion when out in the sun are some of the recommendations made by the DGS.