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Bad Weather Forecast

Wind and sea forecasts point to a “worsening of weather conditions and sea agitation in Madeira,” from midday tomorrow the 20th of March until 18:00 Friday, the 22nd of March, advises the Portuguese Navy and the National Maritime Authority.

According to the same source, sea agitation will be characterised by a swell coming from the Northwest, with waves reaching between 5 -9 metres, with an average interval of 11 and 12 seconds. As for the wind, it will be from the north quadrant and reach speeds up to 50km/h and gusts up to 85km/h.

Thus, the Navy and the National Maritime Authority warn, in particular, the fishing and recreational boating community to remain in port and adopt these precautionary measures.

Strengthen the mooring and surveillance of moored and anchored vessels and it is also advised that seafarers maintain a state of permanent vigilance and monitor the evolution of the meteorological situation, through the navigation warnings and the weather forecast of the Portuguese Institute of Atmosphere and Seae (IPMA), as well as other information made available by the Port Captaincies on the conditions of access to ports, avoiding going out to sea until conditions improve;

The general population is not advised to take walks along the coastline and on the beaches, as well as to practice activities in areas exposed to sea agitation or affected by surf. In particular, access to and permanence near cliffs and cliff areas should be avoided, and it is essential to adopt a preventive posture, not exposing oneself unnecessarily to risk;

– If there is an absolute need to go to the coast, you should maintain a vigilant attitude, always bearing in mind that in these conditions the sea can easily reach apparently safe areas.

Samantha Gannon

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