Sunbathers are set to hit Malta’s beaches in droves this weekend as temperatures soar.
The Maltese Islands are forecast to be one of the hottest places in Europe with temperatures feeling as warm as 38°C.
Tourist hotspots such as Mdina, Valletta and St Julian’s are predicted to bask in the summer heat on Saturday before temperatures climb even higher over the coming days.
The Met Office in Luqa said the hot spell will to continue into Sunday, Monday and Tuesday before a slightly cooler weather system moves across Malta towards the end of next week.
Andrea Muscat from Gozo Weather Page on Facebook said: ‘Today marks the start of the third heat spell of the season.
Temperatures will rise steadily over the next few days before being brought to an abrupt end by strong northwesterly winds next Wednesday.
‘If maximum temperatures exceed 36.5°C for five or more consecutive days, it would become a heatwave.’
The weather will be perfect for swimming, with sea temperatures as warm as 27°C around Malta and Gozo.
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