Malta enjoys nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine in 2019

Malta was hotter and drier than average in 2019, according to weather experts.

The Met Office in Luqa said there was no shortage of sunshine last year with the sun making an appearance for a 2,992 hours.

The year started with a wetter-than-average January, which produced 99.8 mm of much-needed rain.

February saw the year’s coldest day with temperatures falling to 3.7˚C on February 23.

February’s violent storm, which wreaked havoc across Malta and Gozo, was followed by the stormiest May in decades.

 

June was hottest on record since 1923 with temperatures reaching 37.8˚C during the first heatwave of the summer.

In July, as a second heatwave hit the Maltese Islands, the mercury rose even further to hit 39.6˚C.

The hottest day of 2019 was July 9.

July was also the sunniest month of the year, with around 368 hours of glorious blue skies.

A total of 47 thunderstorms were reported at the Met Office in 2019 with 11 thundery days in October alone.

The year ended on a chilly note as temperatures dropped to 7.6˚C on the last two days of 2019 and hail pelted parts of the islands.

However, December was generally warmer, sunnier and considerably drier than the climate norm.

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