Thirty-eight municipalities in the districts of Vila Real, Bragança, Leiria, Guarda, Castelo Branco, Portalegre, Santarém and Faro are today at maximum risk of rural fire, according to the Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA).
The IPMA has also placed more than 100 municipalities in the districts of Braga, Via Real, Bragança, Viseu, Porto, Aveiro, Coimbra, Leiria, Santarém, Lisboa, Guarda, Castelo Branco, Portalegre, Beja, Évora and Faro in very high danger.
Other municipalities in Viana do Castelo, Braga, Vila Real, Porto, Aveiro, Leiria, Lisbon, Santarém, Setúbal, Portalegre, Faro, Évora and Beja are in high danger of fire today.
Because of the weather conditions, the danger of fire will remain high in some municipalities, at least until Friday.
This risk, determined by the IPMA, has five levels, ranging from low to maximum, and the calculations are based on air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and the amount of rainfall in the last 24 hours.
The IPMA forecasts slightly cloudy or clear skies for today on the mainland, with temporarily very cloudy skies in the far north until mid-afternoon, especially in the mountains, where there is a possibility of scattered light showers.
Strong winds are also forecast for the west coast and the highlands, with a slight rise in temperature.
Minimum temperatures will oscillate between 10 degrees Celsius (in Bragança and Guarda) and 21 (in Faro) and maximum temperatures between 23 (in Viana do Castelo) and 34 (in Faro).