Last month was officially the hottest June ever recorded in Malta, according to weather experts.
Temperatures soared across the Maltese Islands, peaking at 37.8°C on Sunday 9 June.
A spokesman for Malta Weather said: ‘There also was almost a 10°C jump last month from the average maximum temperature recorded in May. Such a drastic change in the weather is very unusual in Malta and Gozo.’
Global-average temperatures were also at an all-time high for the month, beating the previous record set in 2016 by 0.1C.
The Copernicus Climate Change Service, which is tasked with providing weather information for the EU, said it was ‘difficult to directly attribute this heat wave to climate change’.
However, it added: ‘Such extreme weather events are expected to become more common as the planet continues to warm under increasing greenhouse gas concentrations.’
The weather monitoring body said that while this summer’s European heatwave was ‘not as persistent as that of summer 2018’ – when average temperatures were higher than normal during every month from April to December – it was particularly ‘intense’.
Temperatures of 6 to 10°C above normal hit most of France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and the Czech Republic over the five-day period, compared to the average for the same five days during 1981-2010.