Air and sea temperatures in June over 1°C higher than climate norm
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Throughout the month of June, as spring made way for summer, the Maltese islands experienced more sunny days and high temperatures.
There was yellow weather warning issued by the Meteorological Office indicated that very high temperatures would bring the month to a sweltering close.
And sure enough, on both the 29th and 30th of June, the temperature shot up to a maximum of 36.4°C.
The Met Office added that the first day of the season was bathed in 12.7 hours of sunshine and saw air temperatures reach a pleasant 29°C.
The average sea temperature for June was 1.8°C higher than the climate norm of 21.5°C, while the average air temperature was 25.3°C rather than the expected 23.9°C.
The days were also brighter than expected, with an average of 11.5 hours of sunshine. The Met Office added that while the sun shone for a maximum of 13 hours on the 15th , 16th and 17th of June, the 6th was the gloomiest day of the month, with a mere 2.1 hours of sunshine registered.
A thunderstorm produced 4.8mm of the total precipitation of 7.2mm recorded in June. This total, the Met Office said, exceeded the climatic norm by 4.0mm, but the month was nowhere near as wet as June 2007, when 76.2mm of rainfall were measured.
The mean wind speed in unewas 6.6 knots, and the maximum wind gust was recorded on the 18th of June at 30 knots.
Photograph by Alain Salvary