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Last month was the second coldest EVER in Malta

We all felt the cold last month – and now it’s official.

February was the second coldest month ever recorded in Malta, according to the latest weather data from the Met Office in Luqa.

Forecasters said temperatures plunged to a frosty low of 3°C at one stage between February 23 and 24.

A Met Office spokesman said: ‘As temperatures plummeted, strong winds battered the Maltese Islands and whipped up rough seas.

‘Gusty winds blowing from a north-easterly direction and reaching 54 knots, forced the cancellation of a number of highly anticipated outdoor events.

‘While these winds were among the strongest to be registered in recent years, the highest wind gust was actually recorded in February 1955, reaching 70 knots, which is equivalent to approximately 130 km/h.’

Last month was also the second wettest February to be recorded in Malta since 1923.

A total of 93 mm of rain fell in just 11 days, with hail reported on three days.

February fast facts

  • Highest temperature in Malta reached 19°C
  • Lowest temperature dropped to 3°C
  • 93mm of rain measured in February, higher than normal
  • More than 192 hours of sunshine in Malta last month

Pics by Rachel Zammit and Christine Gauci