Bad weather arrives

Wind, waves, rain, and cold expected

Bad weather in Funchal

Local press has finally picked up on the bad weather forecast first reported here for the next two days, reporting that there are new changes in the weather and yellow and orange warnings come into effect. JM reports that temperatures, for example, may drop to 10ºC, the wind may reach 120 km/hour and heavy precipitation possibly accompanied by thunderstorms. Snow may also make an appearance on high ground.

The Portuguese Weather Institute, IPMA, has placed Madeira under orange warning for sea, waves, and wind, and yellow for cold and snow. Thus, between today (Sunday) the wind and agitation will cause a yellow warning, which will turn orange between the first hour of the 14th until 6:00 am on the 15th of March. This, only for the north coast (maritime agitation) and mountainous regions (wind). In the remaining places in the archipelago, there will be yellow warnings for sea, waves, and wind.

Precipitation will appear in force from 00:00 hours on the 14th (Monday) until 6 am on the 15th of March. Showers, sometimes strong, which can be hail and accompanied by thunderstorms on the north coast and in mountainous regions. No precipitation is expected on the south coast or in Porto Santo, where the sea turmoil will put that island on orange and yellow warning, between the 13th and 15th of March.

Cold weather will appear on the south coast and mountainous regions, where there will be persistence of low values ​​of the minimum temperature, between the 13th (21:00 hours) and 15th of March (06:00 hours). This is one of the situations that can be more serious, according to IPMA, since there are places where it can go down to 10.ºC. As a curiosity, yesterday, the lowest temperature so far was 11.7 in Pico Alto and 13. .1ºC at Pico do Areeiro. In Funchal, the lowest temperature was 20.6C at the Observatory.

Finally, IPMA foresees snowfall in mountainous regions between 6 pm on the 14th and 00:00 am on the 15th of March.

All these warnings forced the natural alerts of the same colour from the Regional Civil Protection Service, where the population must follow certain advice to avoid unnecessary accidents or incidents.

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