The continuation of high temperatures, absence of precipitation and very high fire danger are some of the forecasts of the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) for the coming months.
The president of IPMA said, at the end of a meeting attended by the ministers of the Environment, Internal Administration and Agriculture, that the objective is not to be alarmist, but realistic and to act preventively.
“The situation is not dramatic, we have to look at things calmly, but with anticipation. Since February we have little precipitation. The probability of precipitation between now and the summer is low and, therefore, we are going to have tension in many areas, in the environment, in supply, in dams, in fires. It is very important to understand now that we are going to have a marathon and not a 100 meter race to reach September, October better than last year”, said Miguel Miranda.
The president of the IPMA stressed that the risk of fire will be high, highlighting that everyone has to prepare for the summer and balance the economy with the lives of citizens.
“We have to move forward with structural measures. We cannot leave it to the end to implement measures that involve policies, but also [behaviors] of citizens, ”he said.