Weather alert as temperatures to skyrocket to nearly 40ºC

A weather alert has been launched by Portugal’s health board (DGS) following forecasts of “extremely hot weather” this weekend, with maximum temperatures due to increase three to six degrees before reaching maximums of nearly 40ºC on Monday.

While temperatures on Saturday may still be mild, they are expected to increase three to six degrees on Sunday, according to meteorologist Maria João Frada from the national sea and atmosphere institute (IPMA).

By Monday, maximum temperatures will range from 30ºC to 35ºC in most of Portugal, with the Alentejo nearly reaching the 40ºC mark.

Tropical nights are also forecast, with the Algarve, Alentejo, Lisbon and Vale do Tejo areas expecting minimum temperatures of over 20ºC.

DGS is warning the population to take precautions like staying hydrated, keeping houses cool and keeping an eye out for the elderly, people with chronic conditions, children and people with reduced mobility.

The health board also recommends avoiding the sun between 11am and 7pm and keeping outdoor physical activities, especially during the hottest hours, to a minimum.

People should also wear light and comfortable clothes, hats and sunglasses and use sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection.