The Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) predicts that this Wednesday will be the first of five consecutive days of rain, with the president of the institution welcoming the return of precipitation, considering it "a very significant contribution" to combat drought in the country.

In an interview with CNN, Miguel Miranda explained that "we are going to have five consecutive days of precipitation, it will be very important in the Tagus basin and in the Minho basin".

"Considering the long drought cycle we've been going through in recent years, this is fantastic news," he said.

Miguel Miranda stressed that it is essential to take advantage of these five days of rain, so that the hydrographic basins retain "a significant part of all this water".

Indian summer

However, Miguel Miranda put a brake on rain expectations for the rest of the month, referring to the IPMA forecast, and saying that "after this week of precipitation and lower temperatures, we will return to what people call an “Indian summer”.

"We're not expecting to have either a prolonged cooling or a big continuation of this period of precipitation. But if we had more precipitation, it would be welcome," he reiterated.