Malta will be colder than the Scottish Highlands for the next few days, forecasters have warned.
The central Mediterranean is in the grip of a cold spell with temperatures falling as low as 5°C in Malta on Wednesday night – compared to overnight lows of 10°C in the far north of Scotland.
Weather experts said Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be a cosy one in Malta this year.
The Met Office predicted temperatures to reach only 13°C in Luqa on Thursday, compared to 16°C in Moray near Inverness.
Meanwhile, Andrea Muscat from Maltese Islands Weather said: ‘Daytime highs in Malta will struggle to reach 13°C.
‘Nighttime lows will dip to 5°C but real-feels will be far lower with temperatures on the coldest nights feeling as cold as 0°C.
‘These cold temperatures are expected to prevail for around a week. The next significant rainfall is expected to affect us on Saturday and Sunday.’
A flow of sub-tropical air from the Azores has made the weather in nothern Britain warmer than the Mediterranean, with temperatures in Scotland, Wales and northern England more than double the seasonal average.
‘It is drawing up a flow of south-westerly air from a sub-tropical direction, from the Azores. Some areas will see temperatures well above average.
‘North Wales could see some exceptionally high afternoon temperatures on Thursday while 16°C is possible in the north of Scotland.’
This #ValentinesDay will be a #mild ?️ one across the UK. North Wales could see some exceptionally high afternoon #temperatures, and with a #foehn effect across the north of Scotland 16 °C is possible somewhere here pic.twitter.com/zIstdnHxGp
— Met Office (@metoffice) February 13, 2019
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