Until Friday, the 8th, “as a result of the approach and passage, through the Archipelago of Madeira, of a vast depression system of strong activity and instability, with associated frontal surfaces”, Victor Prior, IPMA regional delegate in Madeira, foresees the continuation “periods of rain or persistent downpours accompanied by thunderstorms”, not only tomorrow “during dawn and morning”, but also on Thursday and Friday, but these days “downpours should be less frequent and less intense”, so “a significant improvement should be registered from the 9th (Saturday) ”, describes the meteorologist.
He admits that “in the same periods the wind will be temporarily moderate to strong (30 to 45 km / h) with gusts of around 70 km / h in coastal areas and 90 km / h in mountainous regions.”
For this first week of the New Year, air temperatures will remain ‘cool’, and could cool down at the weekend to the point where there may be conditions for snowfall on the top of the mountains.
“In Funchal, the maximum temperature should vary between 18 and 21 ºC and the minimum between 12 and 17 ºC”, and the coldest days are expected to be between Friday, the 8th, and Monday, the 11th, days in that “the precipitation may be in the form of snow at the highest peaks of Madeira, “he admits.
The sea with some agitation is also expected to thicken at the end of the week, by predicting that the significant height of the waves, ranging between 2.0 and 3.0 m until Thursday, will increase on Friday morning “to 5 at 6 meters (northeast) “, That is, they can reach the maximum height of 12 meters. On the south coast of Madeira, the ‘significant’ swell, from southwest or west, should vary between 2.0 and 3.0 m”, he says.