Malta’s latest sizzling heatwave ends with a bang

Malta’s third heatwave of the summer has come to a close with a bang.

The heat and humidity following the hottest day of the year on Monday ended with a dramatic storm across the north of Malta early on Tuesday morning.

Thousands were woken up in the middle of the night to experience thunder and lightning off the coast of Gozo, Mellieha and St Paul’s Bay.

The latest heatwave, which hit the Maltese Islands for a week, came to an end after forecasters predicted cooler temperatures and windy weather for the week ahead.

Sun worshippers have flocked to beaches over the last few days as the country basked in unseasonably sizzling weather, with temperatures feeling as warm as 41°C on Monday.

The Met Office in Luqa said temperatures will hover around 29°C for the next five days or so, with some strong winds in the air at times helping to keep us cool.

Photos: Izabela Domasik, Zlatko Zlatanovski