Malta is set to be colder than Iceland tonight.
The Met Office said temperatures in Luqa will feel as chilly as 5°C on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, Reykjavik in Iceland will experience minimum temperatures of 7°C, according to BBC Weather.
Forecasters said the cold snap in Malta and Gozo could last for a week with showers and even hail stones a possibility.
The Met Office in Luqa issued a strong winds warning on Thursday morning but despite the rough sea, Gozo Channel ferry services between Mgarr and Cirkewwa remained unaffected.
The change in conditions after an unseasonably mild New Year’s Day in Malta has been brought about by a shift in an area of high pressure over France, bringing polar air, leading to mostly bright days and very cold nights.
Andrea Muscat from Maltese Islands Weather said: ‘A low pressure system remains stationary to the east of the Maltese Islands.
‘Meanwhile, an area of high pressure is present over western Europe.
‘This will generate a strong wind from the west-northwest. The Maltese Islands will be right at the centre of this.’
Sales of gas heaters and gas cylinders have soared in recent days as people try to stay warm at home.
A spokesman for Liquigas told Malta Today: ‘Yes, Liquigas Malta has seen an increase in activity due to the lower temperature.
‘Liquigas was expecting the cold spell as forecast by weather channels and is fully prepared and stocked to be able to supply for the required demand.’