All districts under yellow warning due to hot weather


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On Sunday, IPMA’s yellow alert for the “persistence of high values of maximum temperature” extends to Madeira (north and south coasts and Porto Santo) and, on the mainland, remains in the districts of Vila Real, Bragança, Guarda, Castelo Branco, Portalegre, Santarém, Setúbal and Faro.

On Monday, the institute keeps Évora and Beja under orange warning, extending it also to the southern coast of Madeira, and remain under yellow warning, until 18:00, the districts of Vila Real, Bragança, Guarda, Castelo Branco, Portalegre, Santarém, Setúbal and Faro.

According to IPMA, the yellow warning is issued whenever there is a risk situation for certain activities depending on the weather situation, while the orange warning corresponds to a moderate to high risk weather situation.

The IPMA predicts continued warm weather for the coming days, highlighting maximum temperatures of around 42 degrees Celsius in Evora and Beja and above 30 degrees in almost all districts, with the exception of Viana do Castelo, Porto and Aveiro.

At stake is, according to IPMA, the action of an “anticyclonic ridge between the Bay of Biscay and the archipelago of Madeira, which will give rise to a circulation that will bring at altitude an air mass originating in North Africa.

“Following this episode of hot weather, which should be more prolonged south of the Tagus and Beira Baixa, where it is expected the occurrence of a heat wave until the 29th, so it is advisable to follow the guidelines of the DGS [Directorate General of Health] for situations of hot weather,” says the IPMA in a statement.

The DGS recalled the recommendation to pay special attention to those most vulnerable to heat, such as children, the elderly, the chronically ill, and pregnant women.

On its website, the DGS advises that chronically ill patients or those on medication and/or specific diets should follow the recommendations of their treating physician or the SNS24 hotline, and recommends contacting and monitoring the elderly and other people living in isolation, ensuring hydration and staying in a cool environment.

The DGS also recommends special precautions such as avoiding physical effort outdoors and direct sun exposure, especially between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., in addition to using sunscreen with a factor of 30 or higher every two hours and after swimming.

Due to these weather conditions, associated with low values of relative humidity, IPMA also places under very high risk of rural fire several counties in the central interior, as well as in the South, to be classified with maximum or very high values.

This IPMA forecast also led the National Authority for Emergency and Civil Protection (ANEPC) to warn of the high risk of fires throughout the mainland, recommending preventive measures.

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