Malta put on thunder alert for the next three days

Thundery showers are set to disrupt the summer heatwave in Malta and Gozo, forecasters have warned.

The Maltese Islands will see a change in the weather on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday following weeks of glorious summer sunshine.

And Malta could expect ‘some isolated thundery and gusty showers’ over the next three days, the Met Office told 89.7 Bay.

Andrea Muscat from the reliable Gozo Weather Page on Facebook added: ‘The clouds that have been crossing over the Maltese Islands lately are all remnants of thunderstorms over Tunisia.

‘These remnants will be reinvigorated by the very warm seas around.

‘They will pass over the central Mediterranean in the form of several isolated showers and thunderstorms. Hence, it would be wise to expect at least one isolated thunderstorm.

‘Any isolated thunderstorms may be heavy, with hail and blusteey at times.

‘The rain will be clean, with no fine desert sand.

‘It is important to appreciate that, at this time of the year, such showers are very fickle and could miss the Maltese Islands.’

The good weather is set to return to Malta and Gozo by Wednesday as the summer sunshine makes a return.

News of Malta’s thunder alert comes as Spain and Portugal suffer in near record temperatures which have claimed the lives of three men.

The three men died from heatstroke in Spain as Europe’s heatwave rages on.

A middle-aged man in Barcelona was found in the street after he collapsed and two other men, a road worker and a 78-year-old man, have also died from heatstroke.

The extreme weather, caused by an influx of hot air from Africa, is also carrying dust from the Sahara Desert across Malta, Gibraltar, southern France and the Italian islands.

Portugal issued red health alerts for extreme heat for more than half the country, with thermometers reaching 46C this weekend.

Portugal’s highest recorded temperature was 47.4°C in 2003.

The hot weather is also affecting Malta, Spain, France and Italy where people crowded beaches to cool off.

Emergency services in Spain issued a red alert until Monday, placing extra services such as medical staff and firefighters on standby.

In Portugal’s southern Alentejo province, some farmers chose to work during the night instead of in the heat of the day.

Beaches around Lisbon were packed on Saturday.

Meanwhile, 400 firefighters and five water-dropping aircraft are battling a wildfire in the Algarve region.

In Spain, heat warnings were issued in 41 of the country’s 50 provinces with temperatures expected to reach up to 45C.

Spain’s highest recorded temperature was 46.9°C in Cordobain July 2017.

Meanwhile, in other parts of Europe, a mountain glacier in Sweden has melted so much that its peak is no longer the country’s highest point.

Sweden has had its hottest July in 250 years and is currently under threat from wildfires.

In Malta, forecasters warned the heatwave would be broken by thunderstorms on Sunday and Monday with temperatures feeling as warm as 38°C.

The World Meteorological Organisation says continental Europe’s record was 48C in Greece in 1977.

Read more: Gozo Weather Page

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