Temperatures will rise from Thursday, forecasting maximums in the Tagus Valley and inland Alentejo and Algarve that can reach 42 degrees, contributing to heat waves, according to meteorologist Maria João Frada.
Speaking to Lusa, the meteorologist from the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) said that the rise in temperatures will be “very significant”, above average for the time of year, and should remain at least until the 27th of June.
“Today are forecast periods of rain or showers that can be locally intense and accompanied by thunderstorms in the northern and central regions and hail in the afternoon only in the interior north and central. In the south it will be weak and infrequent. Tomorrow [terça-feira] there is still the possibility of some showers in the northern and central regions, more likely on the coast north of Cape Mondego”, he said.
According to Maria João Frada, on Wednesday, the day on which summer begins, showers are still expected overnight in the North and Center regions, but it should improve in terms of cloudiness from the end of the morning.
“Then we will have a situation of hot weather. We will move from mild temperatures to hot, to higher temperatures. The hottest areas will be the Tagus Valley and the interior of Alentejo and Algarve. degrees,” he said.
According to Maria João Frada, over the weekend, temperatures could reach 38 and 40 to 42 degrees Celsius in some places south of the Tagus.
“In the rest of the territory, the maximum temperatures should be between 30 and 35 degrees, with the exception of the coastal strip, which is still uncertain. Most of the IPMA stations south of the Tagus will be contributing to the heat wave. The IPMA should issue hot weather warnings,” he said.
The IPMA meteorologist said that the minimum temperatures will also rise from Thursday and remain at least until the 27th, with high values for this time of year.
“We are also going to have a significant rise in the minimums. We are going to have tropical nights, that is, temperatures equal to or greater than 20 degrees, namely south of the Tagus”, he said.
Maria João Frada also highlighted that, following the hot weather, the danger of rural fires will increase to a very high and maximum level throughout the territory.