DGS recommends protective measures against the heat forecast for the next few days

Maximum temperatures can reach 38 degrees

The Directorate-General for Health recommends the adoption of additional protection measures against heat following IPMA's forecast of rising temperatures from Thursday onwards, with maximum temperatures reaching 38 degrees.

The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) predicts a rise in the maximum temperature for the next few days, which could lead to an increase in the danger of rural fires and which has already led to the issuing of hot weather warnings for four districts.

The districts of Évora, Beja, Santarém and Portalegre will be under yellow warning between 11am on Thursday and 00pm on Friday due to the persistence of high maximum temperature values.

In a statement, the IPMA justifies the rise in temperature with the “establishment of an anticyclonic crest over the Bay of Biscay and a depression trough that extends from Morocco towards the Iberian Peninsula that will give rise to an atmospheric circulation favorable to a weather situation hot and dry in mainland Portugal».

For the next few days, an increase in temperature values ​​is expected, especially the maximum, with values ​​above 30 degrees expected in most of the territory, with the exception of some places on the western coastal strip, and values ​​between 35 and 38 degrees in the interior of the Center and South regions.

An increase in the minimum temperature is also expected, with values ​​between 20 and 22 degrees expected in Beira Baixa, Alto Alentejo and the eastern Algarve on Thursday and Friday.

According to IPMA, these meteorological conditions, associated with low values ​​of relative air humidity, will result in a significant increase in the danger of rural fires.

The IPMA foresees maximum or very high values ​​of rural fire danger in several municipalities in the northern and central interior, as well as in the southern region, with implications for restricting the use of fire and activities permitted in rural areas.

«The trend points to a small decrease in temperature values ​​during the weekend, however, maximum values ​​are still expected to remain high in the following days», according to IPMA.

The wind will be from the north, sometimes blowing strongly on the west coast during the afternoon due to the strengthening of the breeze effect and will turn to the east from the end of Thursday.

Also on Thursday, a cold frontal surface is expected to approach the north of the Iberian Peninsula, which will lead to a temporary increase in atmospheric instability, with the possibility of showers and thunderstorms in the northeast of Trás-os-Montes.

Given the forecast of hot weather, the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) recommends the adoption of additional protective measures against heat, advising the population to look for cool and ventilated, or air-conditioned, environments.

It also recommends that the population increase their intake of water or unsweetened natural fruit juices and avoid the consumption of alcoholic beverages, as well as direct exposure to the sun, especially between 11 am and 00 pm.

Wearing loose, opaque clothing that covers most of the body, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with ultraviolet protection and avoiding activities that require great physical effort, particularly sports and leisure outdoors, are other safety measures. additional protection recommended.

The DGS also recommends that you choose the hottest hours to travel by car and asks for “special attention” to groups most vulnerable to heat, such as children, the elderly, chronically ill people, pregnant women, people with reduced mobility, workers working outdoors, practitioners of physical activity and isolated people.