It’s official: Malta sizzled this summer.
After weeks of heatwave hell followed by sweltering sunny days at the beach, weather experts have now confirmed that 2019 will go down as one of the hottest on record.
Temperatures across the Maltese Islands soared to a high of 39.6°C, according to the Met Office in Luqa.
It said Malta enjoyed glorious blue skies between June and September with a monthly average of 325 hours of sunshine this summer.
The brightest days were in August, with August 18 and 19 racking up 13.2 hours of sunshine each.
A spokeswoman for the Met Office said: ‘Summer opened on a sweltering note, with June going down on record as the hottest one in Malta since 1923.
‘The highest maximum temperature for summer was reached early on, when the mercury neared the 40°C mark amid a heatwave that hit the Maltese Islands between July 8 to 10.’
But it wasn’t hottest summer we’ve ever experienced.
The highest temperature recorded in Malta was an incredible 43.8˚C back in August 1999.
Summer 2019 by numbers
Highest temperature – 39.6°C – July 8-10
Lowest temperature -18.5°C
Brightest days – 13.2 hours of sunshine – August 18, 19
Gloomiest day – 0.1 hours of sunshine – September 10
Wettest day – 12.2mm of rain – September 10
Wettest month – 31.7mm – September
Warmest average sea temperature – 27.3°C – August