Weather alert as temperatures soar to 42ºC

Several alerts have been launched in Portugal due to forecasts of “extremely hot weather” and “tropical nights” in the coming days, with temperatures set to be as high as 42ºC.

The news will be music to the ears of beachgoers as wind will not be a problem and sea temperatures are expected to be very pleasant, ranging between 20ºC and 22ºC in the Algarve.

Caution is advised, however. Twelve districts have been placed under ‘yellow alert’ – the third most serious of all – today by Portugal’s Sea and Atmosphere Institute (IPMA) due to the hot weather. They are Beja, Évora, Setúbal, Portalegre, Santarém, Lisboa, Leiria, Coimbra, Aveiro, Porto, Braga and Viana do Castelo, as well as the Madeira archipelago.

Portugal’s civil protection authority (ANPC) has also issued a fire alert, saying that the “hot and dry weather” will increase the risk of wildfires.

Finally, the national health board (DGS) has warned the population to take adequate protection against the heat, especially those who are “most vulnerable” such as babies, children and the elderly.

Drinking lots of water, staying in cool, shaded areas and using sun lotion when out in the sun are some of the recommendations made by the DGS.

Albufeira leads list of “most searched-for” summer destinations

Albufeira was the “most searched-for destination” in Portugal last summer, according to travel website Trivago.

Monte Gordo, Portimão, Vilamoura and Praia da Rocha also made the top-10 between June and September.

Albufeira was also second on the list of destinations that were most searched during the 12 months of 2015, trailing only behind Lisbon.

Three Algarve beaches are among “the most beautiful in Spain and Portugal”

Three Algarve beaches are among “the most beautiful in Spain and Portugal”, according to a list published online this week by Condé Nast Traveler’s American website.

Carvoeiro’s Praia da Marinha (pictured) is placed second, trailing behind Spain’s Cala En Porter in Minorca.

“With beautiful rocky outcrops and clean, calm water, Marinha is generally recognised as one of the best beaches in Europe – and the world,” the magazine writes.

The third spot belongs to Praia da Falésia in Albufeira, the beach that “draws its name from the orange-red cliffs that serve as a backdrop to its nearly four-mile stretch of sand.”

Following Falésia are three Spanish beaches – Playa de Ses Illetes (Formentera), Playa de Las Catedrales (Galicia), and Playa del Silencio (Asturias).

The list ends with the Algarve’s Praia de Odeceixe, especially “popular with surfers”, and Spain’s Playa de Rodas in the Cíes Islands.