Heat warning moves up to Red

Temperatures could reach 35°C

Red level temperatures

The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) today placed the south coast of Madeira under a Red warning, due to hot weather, until 20:00 tomorrow, Tuesday.

The “Red” meteorological warning, the most serious on a scale of four, is valid until 6:00 pm on Wednesday.

In a statement, IPMA states that “the joint action of an anticyclone located northeast of the Azores archipelago, which extends in a ridge to the Bay of Biscay, and a low-pressure valley located between North Africa and the Iberian Peninsula, allows the transport of a mass of hot and dry air to the Madeira archipelago”.

“Thus, values ​​of around 30°C are expected in the archipelago in the next few days, which on the southern slopes can reach values ​​of around 35°C. The minimum temperature should also rise to values ​​around 21 to 25 °C”, indicates the IPMA.

According to IPMA, the red warning for hot weather is in effect from 4:53 pm on the south coast of the island, extending until 8:00 pm on Tuesday. “The rest of the archipelago remains under a yellow and orange warning for hot weather”, reads the press release.

IPMA points out that this period of hot weather “will also be marked by an intensification of the wind, especially in high areas”, and by low humidity values, namely in the highlands, “thus increasing the risk of fire”.

“Additionally, in the same period there may be the transport of dust in suspension to the Madeira archipelago due to the persistent flow from the east”, they warn.

Thus, values ​​of around 30°C are expected in the archipelago in the next few days, which on the southern slopes can reach values ​​of around 35°C. The minimum temperature should also rise to values ​​around 21 to 25 °C.

At the moment, a warning for hot weather with a maximum Red level is in force on the south side of the island of Madeira, extending until the 28th. The rest of the archipelago is under a yellow and orange warning for hot weather. This episode should remain until the 29th.

“This period will also be marked by an intensification of the wind, especially in high areas. Given the nature of this air mass, rather low relative humidity values ​​are also to be expected, particularly in the highlands, thus increasing the risk of fire “, warns the IPMA.

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