Malta ‘one of the sunniest places in Europe’ last month

Malta was one of the sunniest places in Europe last month, according to new figures.

They showed the Maltese Islands enjoyed 331 hours of sunshine in August – 20 hours more than during the same month in 2018.

Weather experts said August was also slightly warmer than usual this year but wasn’t a record breaker.

The maximum temperature in August was registered just before the Santa Maria holiday in Malta, when mercury hit 36°C on 13 August.

A spokeswoman for the Met Office in Luqa told 89.7 Bay: ‘The  first few days of the month saw pleasant temperatures, which dropped to a minimum of 21.8°C on 6 August.

‘While July registered a mean air temperature of 27.9°C, a hot August drove the average air temperature up to 28.2°C, one degree warmer than normal.

‘The sea temperature was also one degree warmer than usual, reaching 27.3°C.’

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