For many of us in Malta a few snowflakes on Christmas Day is the ultimate festive wish.
But if you’re dreaming of a White Christmas in Malta this year, keep on dreaming. It’s not going to happen.
A ‘mild’ Christmas Day is expected in the Maltese Islands with some sunshine and a small risk of showers.
Temperatures are set to hit around 16°C, according to forecasters.
Will it rain on Christmas Day in Malta?
Andrea Muscat from Gozo Weather Page said: ‘It appears that the Maltese Islands will be under the influence of a low pressure of North African origin on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Temperatures will be mild with a 16°C high and 11°C low.
‘The weather should be variably cloudy with the possibility of isolated showers, particularly early on Christmas Eve and late on Christmas Day.
‘Any rain would deposit fine desert sand. The wind should be from the East on both days, reaching moderate speeds on Christmas Eve before becoming light on Christmas Day. ‘
What do the stats say?
According to the Met Office, snow is almost unheard of in Malta – although hailstorms are always a possibility in the months of December and January.
In fact, the island has experienced only seven ‘official’ snowfalls since 1858.
The last one was on New Year’s Eve in 2014 when temperatures plunged to 2.8°C, the lowest December night temperature ever recorded in Malta.
The coldest night ever recorded remains that of January 29 1981, when the temperature dropped to 1.4°C.
Meanwhile, weather experts Met Check have launched an online checker so you can see if it will be a White Christmas in your area.