A straight translation from the DN.
Madeira and the entire western coastal strip are now under ‘yellow warning’ due to strong wind forecasts of around 80 kilometers per hour, according to the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA).
According to the Institute, the south coast of the island of Madeira remains under ‘yellow warning’ due to the forecast of strong wind with bursts of the order of 70 kilometers per hour until 18:00 today.
Still in Madeira, the IPMA has put the island’s mountainous lands under ‘yellow warning’ because of the persistence of high values of the maximum temperature until 21:00 today.
Because of the hot weather, the IPMA put the municipalities of Machico, Santana, Santa Cruz and Funchal at ‘maximum’ risk of fire.
The Institute also placed the entire western coastal strip of the continent (Viana do Castelo, Braga, Porto, Aveiro, Coimbra, Leiria, Lisbon, Setúbal, Beja and Faro) under ‘yellow warning’ due to strong winds with bursts that can reach 80 Kilometers per hour until the end of today.
The ‘yellow warning’, the third most serious, means a hazardous situation for certain weather-dependent activities.
As for the weather, in Madeira it is expected a generally cloudy sky, presenting periods of greater cloudiness in the northern slopes and in the island of Porto Santo.
It is also forecast moderate to strong wind from the northeast, with gusts up to 70 kilometers per hour on the east and west ends of the island of Madeira and in some mountainous locations and small temperature drop in the mountainous areas from mid-afternoon.
Very high UV exposure risk
The archipelago today has a ‘very high’ risk of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. For regions with ‘very high’ risk, the IPMA recommends the use of sunglasses with UV filter, hat, t-shirt, sun umbrella and sunscreen, as well as discourage children’s exposure to the sun.
The UV indices vary between 1 and 2, where UV is ‘low’, 3 to 5 (‘moderate’), 6 to 7 (‘high’), 8 to 10 (‘very high’) and higher than 11 ‘extreme’).