The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) also placed more than 40 municipalities in the districts of Faro, Beja, Lisbon, Leiria, Coimbra, Aveiro, Vila Real, Porto, Braga and Portalegre in very high danger.

Other municipalities in Viana do Castelo, Braga, Porto, Aveiro, Leiria, Santarém, Setúbal, Portalegre, Évora and Beja are now in high danger of fire.

Due to weather conditions, the danger of fire will remain high at least until Sunday.

This risk, determined by the IPMA, has five levels, ranging from reduced to maximum and calculations are obtained from air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and amount of precipitation in the last 24 hours.

Because of the hot weather with maximum temperatures that can exceed 40 degrees, the IPMA has placed the districts of Vila Real, Bragança, Viseu, Guarda, Coimbra, Castelo Branco and Santarém under red warning until 21:00 today, after which the yellow until 21:00 on Thursday.

The remaining districts of the continent will be among these days under an orange warning (the second most serious), also due to the hot weather, according to the information released, available on the institute’s website.