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North African Dust Affects Madeira

Madeira is again affected by dust from North Africa, an atmospheric phenomenon that should begin to dissipate on Wednesday, according to a forecast by Victor Prior, Madeira Delegate of the Portuguese Institute of Atmosphere and Sea (IPMA). Temperatures are set to rise tomorrow, but rain is forecast for Thursday.

Two hot days

In this regard, Victor Prior warned that the forecast advanced yesterday by IPMA – which pointed to maximum temperatures around 27/29 °C – has undergone a slight change.

Victor states that, between today and tomorrow, the thermometers in Funchal will be around 25/26 °C maximum and not 27/29 °C as initially reported, although the temperature may be higher in mountainous regions. The relative humidity of the air will remain “low, especially at intermediate altitudes.”

Rain is expected on Thursday

The sun is expected to continue until Wednesday, while on Thursday, the 13th of April, Victor Prior points to the occurrence of “light drizzle.” However, although the drizzle may be inconsequential, cloudy skies are expected.

As for the wind, the regional delegate of IPMA considers this week will not be ‘problematic,’ although gusts in the mountainous regions and the extreme East and West can reach speeds up to 70 km / h.

The south coast of Madeira is under the yellow warning due to the persistence of high temperatures and will remain in place until 21:00 tomorrow.

Samantha Gannon

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