The Uruguayan Institute of Meteorology (inumet) issued an advisory last Wednesday for a gradual increase in temperature over the next few days.
According to the organization, from that day until next Tuesday the 10th there will be “scarce cloudiness”, a wildfire risk ‘elevated and rising’ and an “extremely high” UV index during the afternoon.
The notice of the institute was accompanied by an image where the vast majority of the country is seen painted red: The Fire Weather Index (FWI) estimates the danger of wildfires. “High FWI values indicate more favorable weather conditions for triggering a forest fire,” Inumet reports on his website.
Temperature rise in the coming days.
-Risk of forest fire very high and increasing.
-Extremely high UV index in the afternoon.
– Inumet (@MeteorologiaUy) January 4, 2023
The index scale marks the color red as very high risk.
In this regard, Pablo Benítez, spokesman for Firefighters, explained to The Observer how the cameras work smart to detect forest fires. As he indicated, they are installed in several high points of the country, such as on hills. A) Yes, they constantly monitor spaces, rotating 360° and have a detection range of up to 15 km.
For his part, the director of Meteorology and Climate for the Inumet Society, Nestor Santayanaexplained at a press conference on Tuesday that this summer will be one “quite similar to the previous one”, that is, “deficit in terms of rainfall” and “warmer than usual”.
The coastal zone of the country may be the exception, he noted, since there the parameters may be within the normal range, according to Channel 5.