October in Malta was warmer, brighter and wetter than usually expected
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October in Malta was warmer, brighter and wetter than what is usually expected during this period, Malta Airport MetOffice reported today.
The average air temperature was 22.2°C, while the minimum stood at 18.7°C. Both temperatures were 0.7°C more than normal for the month of October.
The sea temperature stood at 25.0°C, which is considerably warmer than the normal October temperature of 23.5°C.
Last month, the Maltese Islands were also swept by a mixture of light and variable winds, lasting a total of 113 hours. The most frequent wind direction was the West Northwest and had a mean speed of 6.2 knots. This was less than the typical speed of 7.2 knots. The strongest gust was measured at 37 knots from the Southwest on October 5th.
Meanwhile, total rainfall amounted to 82.4 mm, which is higher than the average of 75.6 mm. Thunder was heard on six days (3rd, 5th, 27th, 28th, 29th and the 31st), which is slightly above the October norm of five days.
Malta still enjoyed a sufficient amount of sunshine, which tallied to 249.7 hours. This averaged to 8.1 hours of bright sunshine per day, which is 1.1 hours more than the October average. The sunniest day was October 8th, which saw 10.4 hours of sunshine, while the dullest was on October 5th, with only 1.3 hours of sunshine.
Relative humidity levels registered a four per cent decrease when compared to the same month last year, landing at 75 per cent. No hail was reported at the Malta International Airport and only one day of fog was seen.
The warmest day was October 18th of the month, where the mercury rose to 30.7°C. The coolest day was October 29th, when temperatures fell to a cool 13.5°C.
Photograph: Alain Salvary