… but not as bad as first forecast
The forecast bad weather has begun to arrive in the Madeira archapelago and looks set to remain for a few days (the windy.com map below is for Tuesday).
JM report that the Regional Civil Protection Service (SRPC) has said that from today (Sunday), until the end of the afternoon of the next Tuesday (the 20th), periods of rain or occasional heavy showers are expected for Madeira, accompanied by thunderstorms.
The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) foresees for this Sunday, a day when there is a yellow warning throughout the Region, (orange in the mountainous regions) generally cloudy skies and temporary heavy rain, sometimes in downpours, which may be accompanied by thunderstorms.
The wind will blow moderate to strong (25 to 40 km/h) from the south, turning southwest, and sometimes blowing in gusts up to 75 km/h from mid-morning. In the highlands, the wind will be strong (35 to 50 km/h) from the south, turning southwest, and sometimes blowing with gusts up to 95 km/h from mid-morning.
Funchal will have generally cloudy skies. temporarily heavy rain, sometimes with showers that can be accompanied by thunderstorms and moderate to strong wind (25 to 40 km/h) from south, turning southwest, and sometimes blowing in gusts up to 75 km/h from the middle in the morning.
Regarding the state of the sea, the north coast will register waves from the northwest with 1 to 1.5 metres, gradually increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres, and the South coast waves below 1 metre, gradually passing to southwest waves with 1 to 2 metres.
A small rise in the minimum temperature is also expected. Funchal will have a maximum temperature of 24ºC and a minimum of 20ºC. In Porto Santo, maximum of 24ºC and minimum of 18ºC.
Pico Aeeiro reaches “red” level for rainfall
Later, the diario reported that the weather station at Pico Aeeiro had recorded rainfall of 64.8 litres of rain per square metre, reaching the highest “red” warning level
Bad weather affect flights
By midday today (Sunday), JM was reporting that a Transavia France flight from Paris, stopping in Porto, was on its way to Madeira. However, due to the impossibility of landing, (scheduled for 11:40 am), it was diverted back to Porto. A BA flight from London destined for Funchal is also returning to London due to the strong gusts that are being registered at the airport.
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