Madeira is going to suffer bad weather over the next 48 hours with the whole island and Porto Santo on Orange alert from tomorrow morning.
The wind is going to be one of the main factors of this weather alert with strong gusts up to 130km over the mountains and the far East and West of the Island.
Anyone travelling over the next two days in or out of the Island need to be prepared, I advise you carry some food and drink, as delays or cancelled flights will most likely happen over the next few days.
Looking at Wind Guru, they are forecasting strong winds, I do not really know which direction this wind needs to be to create the cross winds that normally disrupt flights the most to the island.
This is translated text from the JM
CIVIL PROTECTION ALERT FOR POLAR COLD AND SNOW IN THE COMING DAYS
The Regional Relief Operations Command left a warning and some recommendations to the population due to the arrival of polar cold and snow in the next 48 hours.
The alert, which was based on information from the Portuguese Institute and Atmospheric, explains that the weather in the Madeira Archipelago will be conditioned by the joint action of the Azores anticyclone, centred north of the Azores and depressions over the Iberian Peninsula and over Northwest Africa, thus transporting modified maritime polar cold air.
“This situation will give rise to great cloudiness, rain or showers moderately moderate, which will be snow on the highest points of the island of Madeira, strong wind and rough seas,” read in the alert, which shows that until about 9 hours of tomorrow, is expected orange alert for sea and wind agitation in Madeira and Porto Santo.
In Funchal, the maximum temperature will be of the order of 17 ° C and the minimum of the order of 12 ° C. In the Areeiro (1500 meters), the maximum temperature will be of the order of 3 ° C and the minimum of the order of -2 ° C.
The wind will be temporarily very strong (50 to 65 km / h), north, with gusts up to 130 km / h, particularly in the high and extreme east and west of the island of Madeira and in Porto Santo, especially from the dawn of tomorrow and the end of the afternoon of the 8 (Thursday).
Associated with this situation of strong wind, it is expected for the days of tomorrow and this Thursday, for the north coast of the island of Madeira and Porto Santo, north waves that will be between the 4 meters and the 6.5 meters.
The recommendations of the Regional Civil Protection Service are as follows:
Recommendations for Strong Wind
Close doors and windows and remove any loose objects found on the balconies and pectorals of the windows.
whenever possible, avoid trips to areas affected by this type of weather situation.
do not drive through areas with degraded buildings due to the risk of overturning.
Pay attention to the assembled structures (scaffolding, awnings, tents, roofs), which may be affected by stronger gusts of wind, as well as a possible fall of trees.
Recommendations for Sea Stirring
Due to the strong ripple, avoid coastal areas (cliffs, marginal roads, sea walks, beaches).
In areas at risk of coastal erosion, the population should pay attention to the possible alteration of buildings (dwellings, commercial establishments, beach supports, etc.), located near the coast or near beaches.
Recommendations for Cold Weather
Use several layers of clothing instead of a single piece of thick fabric. Avoid very tight clothing or perspiration.
Avoid intense physical activities that require more effort.
Reduced attention to the driving of vehicles, especially on routes prone to the formation and Persistence of ice, and prudent driving is therefore advisable.
Keep in mind that roads may be cut or conditioned to traffic.
Recommendations for Snow
In places where there is snowfall, citizens should follow scrupulously the indications given by the authorities regarding respect for road closures , alternative routes, signs and other information;
On circularly lanes, avoid stopping or leaving the car at the lane, thus contributing to an increase in traffic congestion;
Avoid risky behaviour that could lead to accidents.