Yesterday’s storm wreaked havoc on the Maltese Islands as roads flooded, rubble walls deteriorated, and the AFM had to rescue some people from their cars with a helicopter…
Within a matter of hours, Malta saw an average of 92.7mm of rainfall amid Thursday’s heavy orange alert storm, marking it as the wettest day of 2021 thus far.
Photo Source: Times of Malta
Yesterday’s storm managed to exceed October’s worst storm. Usually, the total expected rainfall in the month of November ranges between 80mm and 100mm, but yesterday alone managed to achieve round about the same result.
Further, most of the rainfall was concentrated on the Northern side of Malta where St. Paul’s Bay, Bugibba, Mosta, Mellieha, Lija, and Naxxar experiencing over 100mm of rainfall. In the meantime, the Southern side – primarily Birzebbuga – saw roughly 25mm of rain.
Photo source: Times of Malta
This means that both October and November of 2021 exceeded the expected amount of rain, making this autumn one of the wettest so far. In fact, since September 1st, rainfall has reached 412mm.
The Civil Protection Department also referred to Thursday’s storm as one of the worst the Islands have ever seen.