Speaking to journalists in Almeirim, José Luis Carneiro guaranteed that "all the means of the entire national Civil Protection device" were committed to face the "demanding challenges, from a meteorological point of view" foreseen for the coming days, with temperatures in the district of Santarém predicted to reach 40 degrees Celsius.

However, “the means will always be limited in light of the scale of the challenges we are faced with”, warned the Minister of Internal Administration (MAI), alluding to “a very unique and very serious combination of factors” that affects various parts of the country.

“We are talking about very low humidity levels, which can be below 20%, […] during the day and also at night, which is very relevant”, said the minister, calling for “greater attention and greater responsibility, because, once again, the evidence related to the causes of the fires that remain active, point to negligent behaviours”.