Weather warnings in place on Portugal’s beaches

Weather warnings in place on Portugal’s beaches

People advised to keep away from sea, jetties, cliffs and beaches

Portugal’s national maritime authority (AMN) has today advised against activities near the sea, including jetties, cliffs and beaches, due to the “considerable worsening” of weather conditions and sea disturbance from 6pm.

In a statement, AMN warns that sea disturbance for the next 48-hours – between 6pm today and 6pm Friday – will be characterised by a swell from the northwest quadrant, with a significant height that could reach seven metres and a maximum height of 13 metres.

The public is advised to “avoid walks near the sea or in areas exposed to sea disturbance, including protective jetties of ports, cliffs and/ or beaches, “to avoid being surprised by a wave”.

AMN also suggests reinforcing mooring and “close surveillance” of moored and anchored boats.

“Do not practice recreational fishing, especially near the cliffs and cliff areas often affected by the breaking of waves – always bearing in mind that under these conditions the sea can easily reach apparently safe areas,” says the statement

Seven districts (Viana do Castelo, Braga, Porto, Aveiro, Coimbra, Leiria and Lisbon) will be under orange warning – the second most serious – from tonight until mid-afternoon Thursday because of sea disturbance, adds national meteorological institute, IPMA.

The warning will be extended until 4pm on Thursday, then lowered one level to yellow until at least 7pm on Friday.

The information provided in the IPMA warnings indicates that northwest waves are expected for these districts with five to six meters and maximum height up to 11 meters, writes Lusa.