Malta’s summer heatwave from hell is over – for now!

Keep calm and carry on.

That’s the advice from weather forecasters as Malta’s second heatwave of 2017 finally comes to an end.

The island has suffered sizzling temperatures for more than a week, with the mercury peaking at 38.7°C on Thursday, making it the hottest day of the year so far.

The Met Office in Luqa said temperatures are expected to fall slightly this weekend to around 32°C and then down to 30°C by the middle of next week.

Thousands of sun lovers headed to Malta’s beaches and the Blue Lagoon to cool off in the sea.

Sea temperatures around the Maltese Islands have also warmed up over the last few days to reach 27°C.

Health chiefs issued a heatwave alert earlier this week, urging people to stay out of the sun between 10am and 3pm, and to drink plenty of water.

The highest temperature ever recorded in Malta in July was back in 1988 when the mercury hit a sweltering 42.7°C.

Read more: The Met Office, Luqa

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