Easter is approaching and the long weekend should have good weather and maximum temperatures "above average for the time of year", with some regions exceeding 30 degrees, according to the forecast by the Institute of the Sea and of the Atmosphere (IPMA).

According to the IPMA, "the weather in mainland Portugal over the Easter weekend will be conditioned by an anticyclonic ridge that extends from the Azores region to the Bay of Biscay and by a depression over North Africa".

This situation "will bring stable weather, with little cloudiness, no precipitation and values of maximum temperature above the average for the time of year".

Between the 6th and 9th of April, Thursday and Sunday, the maximum temperature is expected to vary approximately between 23 and 27 degrees in most of the country, being higher in the interior of the Alentejo and in the Tagus Valley, where it may reach slightly higher values, up to 30 degrees, predicts the Institute.

The minimum temperature should vary approximately between 7 and 11 degrees, "with the exception of the coastal strip south of Cabo Carvoeiro, where it will be slightly higher", and in the northeast of Trás-os-Montes, where it will vary between 4 and 7 degrees.

"Southeast waves of 1 to 2 metres on the south coast of the Algarve and northwest waves of up to 2 meters on the west coast" are also forecast.

The IPMA warns that "the ultraviolet index will be very high” and recommends the use of sun protection during outdoor activities.