The Malta Independent 3 March 2024, Sunday
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January welcomed the new year with dry weather and higher-than-average temperatures

Thursday, 8 February 2024, 17:02 Last update: about 23 days ago

This winter season is proving to be a rather mild one thus far, as January, much like the previous month, lacked the cold, rainy weather which is typically associated with this time of year, a statement by the Malta International Airport read.

"As was the case in 2023, the Maltese Islands welcomed the new year with warm temperatures, and relatively dry weather. In fact, during the past month, only 37.3mm of precipitation was measured, falling 42.1mm short of the climatic norm. The same month saw the Meteorological Office report thunderstorms across the Maltese islands on two days in January, and only one occurrence of precipitation with hail."

Last month was also 1.2°C warmer than the norm, registering an average temperature of 14.1°C, it said. "The 18th of January brought with it a glimpse of summer, as the highest temperature soared to 24.5°C. Yet, the record for the highest temperature recorded by the Meteorological Office in the first month of the year remains that of 25.8°C, reached in January 2021."

On the other hand, 23rd January became the coldest day of the month when the air temperature dipped to 6.7°C. "While this temperature is significantly cooler than the norm, January 1981 still holds the record for the lowest temperature ever measured during the month, as the mercury plummeted to 1.4°C."

Last month was also brighter than usual, exceeding the climatic norm by 11.5 hours to register 181 hours of sunshine, it said. "Despite the fact that the average January day saw 5.8 hours of sunshine, less than one hour of sunshine was recorded (0.9) on 11th January, the month's gloomiest day."

At 9.0 knots, the average wind strength was in line with the monthly norm of 8.9 knots. The sixth and seventh days of January were the windiest, as gusts reaching 47 knots were measured across both days, it said.

 Carnival 2024 forecast

Fine and relatively warm weather is expected to usher in Carnival 2024 tomorrow. However, the weather is expected to become unstable and blustery in the following days, with thundery showers forecast for Sunday, it said.

"The wind is expected to increase between Friday and Saturday and remain rather strong to strong, varying between Force 5 and 6, for the remaining days. On Sunday, we're expecting gusty winds and thundery showers, which will result in a slight drop in temperature. The maximum temperature during the day will peak at 17°C, while the night-time temperature will drop to 11°C."

"Windy weather and isolated showers are also forecast for the last two days of Carnival on Monday and Tuesday." 


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