“Associated with the approach and passage of the cold front, periods of occasionally heavy rain or showers are expected, accompanied by thunderstorms, more likely on the south coast and in the mountainous regions of the island of Madeira, especially during the late afternoon and Tuesday night”, reads the note.

The SRPC adds that, from late afternoon today and early Wednesday, the wind will be “moderate from the southwest, temporarily strong (30 to 40 kilometers per hour) with gusts of around 80 to 90 kilometres per hour”.

These conditions led the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) to place the mountainous regions and the south coast of Madeira under an orange weather warning until 00:00 on Wednesday.

The City Council of Funchal informed that, following the warnings issued by the IPMA, it decided to cancel all urban cleaning work scheduled for this afternoon, “with the staff assigned to these functions being redirected to support the cleaning of gutters and monitoring of the most critical points of the city”.