The highest temperature values should be recorded Wednesday and Thursday.
After a lot of heat in recent days, the same situation is set to continue in mainland Portugal, at least until next Friday, July 15th.
These are the effects of the “circulation of a very hot and dry air mass, originating in North Africa”, as explained by the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) in an official statement.
Given this torrid scenario, temperatures will rise even further from this Tuesday, July 12th. The IPMA forecast points out that “a large part of the territory will reach maximum temperature values above 40°C during the next few days”. Therefore, the institute proceeded to issue red warnings, the highest on its warning scale.
The districts in red are: Viana do Castelo, Braga, Porto, Vila Real, Bragança, Guarda, Castelo Branco and Portalegre. The notice came into effect at 9:00 am this Tuesday and will remain until 6:00 pm on Wednesday, July 13th, after which it will change to orange.
The IPMA also issued an orange warning for the districts of Aveiro, Viseu, Coimbra, Leiria, Santarém, Lisbon, Setúbal, Évora and Beja because of the hot weather from 9 am today until 6 pm on Wednesday.
The district of Faro is under yellow warning because of the persistence of high values of the maximum temperature (until 18:00h on Wednesday), but also due to the forecast of maritime agitation, with waves from the southeast with 2 meters (until 15:00h today ).
It is expected that the “highest values of air temperature may occur on the 13th or 14th in some places, especially in Alentejo, where values of the order of 46°C can be recorded, in the Tagus valley, with 45°C, and in the northeast of Trás-os-Montes with values between 40 and 44 °C”.
At the same time, “tropical nights (minimum temperature above 20°C) will continue to occur in most of the territory, at least until the night of the 14th to the 15th of July”.
As for the wind, its intensity will be “weak to moderate and predominating from the east quadrant, being sometimes strong in the highlands, turning temporarily to the northwest on the west coast during the afternoon”.