It’s official: Malta suffers its stormiest month ever

October will go down in history in Malta.

Last month was officially the stormiest month ever with 16 days of thunder and lightning across the Maltese Islands.

The Met Office in Luqa said the record was previously shared by two months – October 1962 and November 1986, both of which had 12 thundery days.

Most of the stormy weather experienced last month was caused by low-pressure systems over the Mediterranean which swept across Malta and Gozo.

Last month was also the wettest October since 2010.

Heavy rain battered the Maltese Islands last month, with rainfall more than twice the norm for the time of year.

The Met Office set the record straight after an amateur Facebook page wrongly claimed Malta had ‘suffered the wettest October for 70 years’.

A spokesman for the Met Office told 89.7 Bay: ‘The total amount of precipitation for October 2018 amounted to 189mm, which was more than double the trend of 75.6 mm according to the 30-year climate norm.

‘This value is the official amount of precipitation measured in Luqa.

‘In October 2010, 230mm of rain was collected.’

The wettest October on record in Malta was in 1951, when 476.5 mm of rain fell.

Photos: pineapplemediamalta.comJustin Camenzuli PhotographyMartin Zerafa

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