Malta: Where the Sun Shines for 352 Hours in One Single Month!


The meteorological summer was brought to a close by a warmer-than-average August, during which the month’s climatic mean maximum temperature of 31.7°C was exceeded on 19 days. The month was brightened by 352.3 hours of summer sunshine, which total went over the sunshine quota for August by 17 hours.

August’s air temperature ranged between a minimum of 22.6°C and a maximum of 38.7°C, recorded on the fifteenth day of the month. The sea too was warmer than expected at this time of year, with the mean surface temperature surpassing the climate norm of 26.1°C by 1.9°C.



With 12.8 hours of sunshine measured, the fifth day of August was the month’s sunniest. On the same day, a maximum gust of 29 knots blowing from a west by north-west direction was also recorded. The average wind speed maintained throughout the month was of 7.4 knots, which was slightly stronger than the norm of 6.5 knots.

August, which is the last month of the Precipitation year, produced no rain, becoming, in fact, the driest month of the precipitation year 2019/2020. Precipitation collected during this 12-month period amounted to 384.4mm, or 68% of the rainfall that is typically expected. Twenty-eight per cent of this total was collected in November 2019, making it the wettest month of the precipitation year.

The start of the new precipitation year 2020/2021 has been particularly wet, with an average of 95.9mm of rainfall measured in the first 17 days of September.

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