Rain warning escalated

Orange warning for heavy rain

Forecasts for today in Madeira point to very cloudy skies, with the associated rain predicted yesterday, gradually decreasing in cloudiness from the afternoon onwards.

The Portuguese Weather Institute, IPMA, predicts periods of rain, sometimes heavy, especially on the southern slopes, especially in the westernmost part, and in the highlands, changing to showers from the afternoon onwards, which could be strong at times.

For this reason, orange and yellow warnings were issued. The first is in effect between 6 am and noon, on the North and South coasts and in the mountainous areas of the island of Madeira; the second runs from 3 am to 6 am and from 12 pm to 3 pm, in Madeira. For Porto Santo, a yellow warning is in force, between 3 am and 3 pm this Thursday. 

Conditions favour thunderstorms

According to the same authority, there will be conditions favourable to the occurrence of thunderstorms throughout today.

The wind is expected to be moderate to strong (30 to 45 km/h) from the South-Southwest, with gusts of up to 65 km/h, turning to the West quadrant, weak to moderate (up to 25 km/h), from the afternoon onwards.

A small drop in temperature is expected, with a minimum of 18ºC and a maximum of 23ºC expected on both islands.

Funchal can expect very cloudy skies, gradually decreasing in the afternoon onwards. Here too there are favourable conditions for the occurrence of thunderstorms and periods of rain are expected, sometimes heavy, turning into showers from the afternoon onwards. In the capital the wind is forecast to be moderate to strong (up to 40 km/h) from the south-southwest, becoming generally weak (less than 20 km/h) from mid-afternoon onwards. A small increase in the minimum temperature is expected.

On the north coast, waves from the Northwest, with 1 to 1.5 metres. On the south coast, southwest waves of 2 to 2.5 metres are expected. The sea water temperature will be around 22/23ºC.

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