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New high tech Algarve weather station

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The Algarve takes a significant leap forward in the field of meteorology with the entry into operation of the new meteorological radar system, installed in Cavalos do Caldeirão, in the municipality of Loulé. This state-of-the-art equipment, from the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), promises to revolutionise the capacity for meteorological surveillance and forecasting in the region.

According to IPMA, the relevance of this innovation extends beyond national borders, benefiting not only Portugal but also a large part of the European continent, especially Spain (AEMet). Portugal and Spain maintain a real-time data exchange protocol, focused on detecting and monitoring severe weather meteorological phenomena, essential for safeguarding lives and property.

The state-of-the-art radar, with dual polarisation technology, offers a significant improvement in weather surveillance and forecasting. Furthermore, it plays a crucial role in the operational prevention of forest fires, contributing to environmental protection and boosting the national economy, especially in the agricultural, forestry and tourism sectors.

As part of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR), the investment in installing this meteorological radar system in the Algarve (Loulé) and in Coruche, in the district of Santarém, totaled around 2.8 million euros. With this implementation, IPMA now has five meteorological radars strategically distributed, covering areas such as Arouca, Coruche, Loulé, Porto Santo and Terceira, all equipped with dual polarisation technology.

At the same time, within the scope of the PRR, two meteorological stations were installed close to the new meteorological radar systems, together with two lightning detectors, located in Olhão and Viana do Castelo.

This technological advancement not only strengthens Portugal’s weather forecasting capacity but also reinforces international cooperation in monitoring and responding to adverse weather events. The investment reflects the ongoing commitment to the safety and well-being of the population, as well as the preservation of the environment.

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