Weekend weather: Rain returns as seven districts are put under orange alert

Although Portugal just enjoyed a reasonably sunny week, forecasters predict a miserable rainy weekend ahead, with warnings of “strong winds and dangerous waves”.

According to the Portuguese Institute of Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), it will rain all across the country on Saturday, although temperatures will be mostly mild. Minimum temperatures are expected between 9ºC and 13ºC on the coast and 2ºC and 12ºC in inland areas and maximums not much higher.

For Sunday, there is good news and bad news. While IPMA predicts that the rain will stop throughout most of the country, temperatures are expected to plummet significantly.

Widespread warnings
Seven districts (Viana do Castelo, Braga, Porto, Aveiro, Coimbra, Leiria and Lisbon) will be under orange alert starting at 9pm tonight (January 30) as waves are expected to reach as much as five to six metres.

Faro, Beja and Setúbal are under yellow alert between midday today and 8pm tomorrow as they are also expecting rough waves, reaching heights between four and five metres.

Strong winds have also prompted a yellow alert in Bragança, Vila Real, Viana do Castelo, Braga, Porto, Aveiro, Viseu, Guarda, Coimbra, Leiria, Castelo Branco and Setúbal between 6pm today and midday tomorrow.