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.

Algarve Spa Week offers 50% off treatments

The Algarve Spa Week is returning in April, offering special deals such as half-price luxury spa treatments at five-star hotels and resorts between April 9 and 17.

This year, the theme is “Spa & Sports”. Thus one of the novelties is a 50-minute sports massage that will combine “very specific techniques that help release the stiffness and muscular tension of athletes”. It will cost €50 and be available at the 10 spas that will take part.

These include: Atlântico Spa (Nau São Rafael Atlântico); Lisvaýa Spa (Vale D’Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa); 7 Seven Spa (Hilton Vilamoura); Blue & Green Spa (The Lake Resort); Almond Tree Wellness Spa (Crowne Plaza); Angsana Spa (Tivoli Marina Vilamoura); Elements Spa by Banyan Tree (Tivoli Victoria); as well as newcomers Spa L14 (NAU Salgados Dunas Suites); Tanai Spa (Cascade Resort) and Sayanna Spa (EPIC Sana Algarve). The second stage of the event will take place between October 1 and 9, including three more spas: Spa Atlântico (NAU Salgados Palace); Serenity Spa (Pine Cliffs Hotel); and the soon-to-open Macdonald Monchique Resort.

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