IPMA forecasts rain, wind, snow and strong sea waves this weekend


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The Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) is forecasting rain, wind, snow and strong sea turbulence this Easter weekend on the mainland, with rainfall in the south decreasing from Sunday.

“Until Easter Sunday, March 31, precipitation will continue to occur, decreasing in intensity and frequency in the southern region from Sunday afternoon onwards,” the IPMA said in a statement released today.

“This precipitation may be accompanied by thunderstorms and hail, with the highest probability on the 30th,” i.e. Saturday.

The IPMA forecasts snowfall in the mountains of the northern region and in the Serra da Estrela.

“The wind will be from the west or southwest, sometimes blowing strongly on the coast and highlands, especially from Saturday afternoon onwards, with gusts of up to 65 kilometers per hour and 75 kilometers per hour respectively,” the institute said.

The minimum temperature “will generally vary between 6ºC and 11°C, with between -3°C and 6°C in the north and central interior”, while the maximum temperature will fluctuate between 11°C and 17°C, “with less than 10°C in some places in the central interior”.

There will be strong sea waves on the west coast, “with north-westerly waves of four to five meters”, which “will begin to gradually diminish from the morning of the 30th, with westerly or north-westerly waves of 3 to 3.5 meters remaining until the end of the 31st, Easter Sunday”.

The IPMA recalls that the weather in mainland Portugal “continues to be influenced by frontal undulations associated with a vast depressionary region stretching from Iceland to the Madeira region, one of whose nuclei was the Nelson depression, which has since moved northeast”.

Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert
Hervé Hubert is a 55-year-old writer and journalist based in Porto, Portugal. Born in France, he brings a unique blend of French and Portuguese perspectives to his work. Education Hervé studied Journalism and Literature at the University of Lyon in France. After completing his studies, he gained valuable experience working with various French media outlets (Portugal France also). Career He worked for several years as a journalist in France before making the move to Portugal. In Porto, he joined the Portugal Pulse team as a staff writer. Skills Hervé specializes in storytelling, investigative journalism, and cultural commentary. He has a flair for capturing complex issues in a relatable way. Personal Life He currently resides in Porto and enjoys the city's rich culture, from Fado music to Francesinha cuisine. Hervé continues to maintain strong ties to his French heritage, often traveling back to France for family visits and cultural exploration. With his unique background and diverse skill set, Hervé Hubert adds a layered, multicultural lens to every story he covers.

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