Floods in downtown Albufeira as Algarve battered by red weather alert
Following their initial forecast for “some sunshine” in the Algarve today (Sunday), Portugal’s sea and atmosphere institute has been forced into a radical rethink as wind and rain reduce much of the centre of the region to a quagmire.
Floods have been reported in downtown Albufeira and Portimão, while elsewhere roads, houses and garages are reported to be “practically inaccessible” due to torrents of pouring rain.
In Guia, a river was reported to have burst its banks “causing some damage”, while elsewhere trees have blown over and fallen onto roads.
According to Faro’s CDOS (emergency central) 69 separate calls for help and assistance had been received by lunchtime today – with most coming in the boroughs of Loulé, Albufeira, Faro and Silves.
As SIC television news ran footage on homes being pumped out, and SOL newspaper listed 192 rescue workers in action, supported by 81 vehicles, IPMA has the whole region on red alert, warning that heavy rain will continue until at least 3pm.
October comes to an end this weekend with every district in Portugal expecting rain while temperatures will be plunging.
Saturday morning (October 31) is set to see the worst of the weather, says Portugal’s sea and atmosphere institute IPMA though skies should clear up in the afternoon.
More rain will come on Sunday with only the Algarve escaping the general gloom. In fact the south should be in for some sunshine.
Says IPMA, maximum temperatures of 20ºC, 17ºC and 16ºC are expected in Faro, Lisbon and Porto, but minimums could drop to a chilling 13ºC, 10ºC and 9ºC.