Storm Ciarán, which is moving eastward across the Atlantic, is expected to affect mainland Portugal and Madeira from Thursday, with strong wind and precipitation, mainly in the North and Center.
According to a statement from the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), storm Ciarán, as designated by the United Kingdom Meteorological Service, is moving along the Atlantic towards the east, and at 00:00 on Thursday, “should be centered west-southwest of the British Isles”, with an impact on these islands, “particularly in terms of wind”.
“The Ciarán depression itself will not affect mainland Portugal, although side effects are expected, due to a frontal system that is associated with it, and which will cross the mainland during the early hours and morning of November 2nd,” reads the note.
Thus, from the end of the afternoon on Wednesday and throughout Thursday “an increase in the intensity of the wind is expected, which will blow strong from the southwest on the coast, especially on the west coast, and in the highlands, with gusts between 70 to 100 kms per hour”.
“Sometimes heavy precipitation is also expected, especially in the North and Center regions, where it should be persistent”, adds the IPMA.
Additionally, the institute predicts that “there will be a very significant increase in sea agitation on the 2nd on the west coast, where the waves are expected to be from the northwest and reach five to seven metres in height, and with a high probability of exceeding seven metres, namely north of Cabo Raso”.
“This episode should last until November 6th”, estimates IPMA.