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Malta is BATTERED by gale force winds and heavy rain

Police have urged drivers to take extra care on the roads as Malta is battered by gale force winds and heavy rain.

Forecasters issued yellow weather alerts on Monday as ‘very strong to gale force’ winds swept across the Maltese Islands.

The stormy weather brought heavy rain across Malta and Gozo and disrupted the ferry service between the islands, sparking delays at Cirkewwa and Mgarr.

A spokesman for Gozo Channel told 89.7 Bay: ‘Due to the current weather conditions the ferry is operating via the Comino route and therefore delays are expected.’

The Met Office in Luqa said the ‘strong west northwest will increase to very strong to gale force’.

Marsalforn Bay, Ramla Bay, Mellieha Bay, St Paul’s Bay and Sliema were worst affected by strong winds whipping up the sea.

A number of minor accidents were reported on the roads because of the slippery conditions.

Andrea Muscat from Maltese Islands Weather also warned of gales.

He added: ‘The west northwest wind will be very strong throughout today across exposed areas of the Maltese Islands.

‘It will be especially strong in the afternoon, when it should reach Force 8/9 for a few hours.

‘Plan ahead if travelling with the Gozo Channel ferry.’

The good news is that the winds are expected to die down overnight.

The weather for the rest of the week looks slightly better, with sunshine expected on Tuesday and Wednesday before showers return on Thursday.

Temperatures will reach highs of around 15°C this week, according to The Met Office.

Stay tuned to 89.7 Bay for all the most accurate news, weather and traffic information for Malta and Gozo.

Photos: Mario Muscat