Malta could be hit by a hail storm on Sunday

Malta could be hit by hail stones on the stormiest Sunday of 2018, according to weather forecasters.

The warning came after the island was drenched by heavy rain, thunder and lightning in the wettest 24 hours experienced in Malta for several months.

Andrea Muscat from Gozo Weather Page said: ‘The rough weather reaches its climax on Sunday, when showers and thunderstorms which will be heavy, blustery and also possibly with hail at times will lash the Maltese Islands.

‘The past 24 hours have already seen up to 100 mm being measured in the wettest areas.

‘More showers and thunderstorms are on their way. The chance of rain will persist till late on Sunday.’

The Met Office in Luqa confirmed that Sunday would be wet and cloudy with thunder at times.

It said the storm was ’caused by an unstable mass of air passing through the centre of the Mediterranean’.

Malta Police confirmed no injuries or serious road accidents were reported on Saturday despite the bad weather.

A number of streets were turned into rivers as they flooded within minutes of the first downpour.

Roads in Marsalforn, Xlendi, Siggiewi, Marsascala, Birkirkara, Msida, St Paul’s Bay, Naxxar, Gzira, Zebbug and St Julian’s were among the worst affected by floodwater.

Forecasters said the highest rainfall fell in Zurrieq with 104mm in 24 hours.

Mosta saw 92mm while Lija experienced 88mm of rain.

Alarming video footage showing floodwater rushing down a flight of steps in Mellieha went viral on social media after being featured on Bay Easy.

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Publiée par Bay Easy sur Vendredi 12 octobre 2018

Photos: JoeandCarmen SciclunaJoyce Farrugia

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