The New Year has officially got off to a nippy start in Malta and Gozo.
Forecasters confirmed temperatures were colder in the Maltese Islands on Wednesday night than in parts of Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Norway.
Overnight lows hit a fairly chilly 8°C in Luqa on New Year’s Day, compared to around 11°C in Dublin, Cork, Swansea, Dumfries, Bergen, Shetland and the Faroe Isles.
Forecaster Samuel Cutajar from Maltese Facebook page It-Temp Madwarna said temperatures in Malta are slightly colder than normal for the beginning of January.
He told 89.7 Bay: ‘A warm and humid plume of air went all the way up to Scandinavia from North Africa, while we received a blast of colder air from Siberia over the past few days.
‘In Malta it was 8°C on Wednesday night, while in the Faroes, many parts of Ireland and the entire western Norwegian coast, temperatures were hovering around 11°C.’
More cold nights are expected for Malta and Gozo over the next few days with temperatures falling to 6°C by the weekend, according to The Met Office.
The coldest January day ever recorded in Malta was back in 1981 when temperatures plunged to an astonishing 1.4°C.
However, no snow was officially recorded, only hail.
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