The last 9 weeks were uncharacteristically drier than usual. December was closer to autumn when usually it is the wettest month of the year in Malta. The anticyclone which affected all of southern Europe and the central Mediterranean was to blame however it is now dissipating and weakened considerably in the last days and is making way for another weather system.
FirstMalta.com, an independent weather forecasting service, stated today that we are to expect some rain tomorrow and Thursday. Two distinct precipitation formations over Algeria and Rome are expected to merge and will reach us at around 11am – 1pm tomorrow according to their computerised weather prediction models.
By 3pm rain would have covered all of Malta and Gozo. It is expected to persist until 6pm and start dissipating slowly until the evening. Rain will however start again late at night and by 6am Thursday morning it will have covered all of Malta again and persist until noon, after which isolated showers will continue covering parts of Malta and Gozo until late at night.
The wind is expected to be predominantly West North West and reach 40 km/h (force 6) on Wednesday and increase to 55 km/h (force 7) on Thursday at times. Nevertheless wind gusts might reach 72km/h at times (Force 8).
Temperatures will nevertheless still reach a high of 18 degrees Celsius on Wednesday and 17 degrees Celsius on Thursday.
Friday and the weekend will see the return of some nice and clear weather though with temperatures soaring to 19 degrees Celsius on Saturday and 18 degrees predicted for Friday and Saturday. The sunny weekend is expected to give Maltese families some breathing space. This does not mean the return of such temperatures though and we will be updating you further about the situation which is expected for next week later on.