The Easter weekend will be full of showers in the Mainland, with a gradual rise in temperature until Saturday and a slight drop in the next few days, the Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) said today.
In a statement with the Easter forecast, the IPMA warned that between Thursday and Monday “the weather will be influenced by a depressive region, initially on mainland Portugal and with gradual displacement to the southeast, positioning itself on the Balearic archipelago, giving rise to the occurrence of showers.
On Thursday and Friday, precipitation will be “more frequent and intense”, and may be accompanied by thunderstorms and hailstorms or snow falling at the highest points of the Serra da Estrela.
The wind will blow from the southern quadrant and will gradually roll to the north quadrant, blowing more intense in the highlands, added the IPMA.
On Saturday and Sunday, “forecast uncertainty increases due to the position of depression, although the trend indicates that a northeaster current is gradually established and the probability of precipitation occurring decreases these days.”
The wind will be from the north quadrant, sometimes strong northeast from the highlands.
As for temperature, a gradual rise is expected, especially the maximum, until Saturday, with a slight decrease in the following days.
The maximum temperature, Saturday and Sunday, will vary between 23 and 27 ° C in the North and Central regions and between 20 and 23 ° C in the other regions.
The minimum temperature, on Thursday and Friday, will vary between 9 and 12 ° C on the coast and between 5 and 10 ° C in the interior, where it will increase in the following days and can reach 10/11 ° C.
In the Archipelago of the Azores, the weather conditions should be relatively stable, with periods of overcast sky and the wind blowing from the south to the south/southwest. There should be some temporary weak rainfall, especially in the Western and Central Groups.
On Saturday and Sunday, the sky will appear open in the Azores, and the mild, moderate south wind will rotate to the eastern quadrant.
The minimum temperature for Thursday should vary between 11 and 12ºC and the maximum between 16 and 19ºC.
On Friday and Saturday, there will be a slight rise in temperature, with the minimum varying between 14 and 16ºC and the maximum between 18 and 20ºC.
In the Madeira Archipelago, between Thursday and Monday, the weather will be influenced by an anticyclone or anticyclonic crests that are positioned to the west or north of the archipelago.
In general, periods of the overcast sky will predominate, with generally weak precipitation occurring in the northern and upland slopes of the island of Madeira, and on Easter Sunday the probability of occurrence of precipitation is less than 35% predicts the IPMA.
The wind will be from north/northeast weak to moderate, blowing strong in the highlands especially from Saturday.
The minimum temperature should vary between 11 and 16ºC and the maximum between 17 and 23ºC, with the exception of the highlands, where the temperature will be lower, with a minimum between 3 and 7ºC and the maximum between 10 and at 15 ° C.