Lisbon sees first snow in 50 years

in News · 04-01-2006 00:00:00 · 0 Comments

It took more than 50 years for history to repeat itself. For the first time since 1954, the Portuguese capital was on Sunday covered in a blanket of snow. Similarly, high-lying parts of the country’s southern most region of the Algarve, excepting for the Monchique mountain range, where it last snowed in 1983, also recorded its first snowfalls in 50 years.

Older generations in Lisbon will only recall two incidents of snow falling in the country’s largest city. Back in January 1954, and ten years earlier, on Christmas Day.
However, the snow that fell in Lisbon on Sunday afternoon did not last for more than an hour, though sub-zero temperatures allowed for young and old to enjoy this rare occurrence until the evening.
The generalised snow falls across the country, according to the Weather Bureau, was brought on by a cold front form the northwest that brought with it “extremely cold air”, allowing for snow to fall on low-lying areas such as the capital, Évora in the Alentejo and even on the beach of summer hotspot Figueira da Foz.
In the Algarve, up to 30 centimetres of snow was recorded in certain parts of the Monchique mountain range, while the Serra da Caldeirão range to the east recorded its first snow since February 2, 1954.


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