Portugal, most of the continent at maximum fire risk
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More than 100 provinces of Faro, Santarém, Leiria, Portalegre, Beja, Castelo Branco, Guarda, Aveiro, Coimbra, Viseu, Braga, Porto, Vila Real, and Bragança are at maximum fire risk in rural areas, according to the national meteorological institute of Portugal, IPMA.

IPMA has also placed more than 40 provinces in Faro, Beja, Lisbon, Leiria, Coimbra, Aveiro, Vila Real, Porto, Braga and Portalegre at very high risk, Lusa writes, KosovaPress reports.

Other provinces in Viana do Castelo, Braga, Porto, Aveiro, Leiria, Lisbon, Santarém, Setúbal, Portalegre, Évora and Beja are today at high fire risk.

Due to the weather conditions, the fire danger will be high until at least Saturday.

Since the beginning of the year, 6349 fire incidents have affected 28132 hectares of rural areas.

IPMA predicts a general increase in maximum temperature over the next few days, with maximums close to 40ºC in the south and north and center of the country, possibly reaching 44ºC in parts of the Alentejo and Tagus valleys.

At night, minimum temperatures will also be high, with figures above 20°C (tropical nights) in much of the country and may not even drop below 25°C in some places in the Algarve, Alentejo and Beira. Internal."

Due to the hot weather, the IPMA has placed the provinces of Vila Real, Bragança, Viseu, Guarda, Coimbra, Castelo Branco and Santarém under a red alert from 00:00 today until 10:00 Thursday.

For regions at extreme risk, IPMA recommends avoiding sun exposure as much as possible.

Regarding very high-risk regions, IPMA advises the use of sunglasses with UV filters, hats, T-shirts, umbrellas, sunscreen and avoiding exposure of children to the sun.

For high-risk regions, IPMA recommends wearing sunglasses with a UV filter, a hat, a T-shirt and sunscreen.

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