599mm of rainfall recorded in 2018, with October wettest month of year
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Gozo and Malta received 599mm of rainfall in total, making 2018 significantly wetter than the previous two years, when 432mm and 324mm of rainfall were measured respectively, the Met Office said today.
The Met Office noted that October not only saw 189mm of rainfall, but also recorded 16 thundery days, making it both the wettest month of the year and the stormiest month ever to be recorded.
It was also the most humid month last year, with an average of 77% humidity. The least humid day of the year followed the hottest one for 2018, the 13th of July, when temperatures reached a sizzling 35.7°C.
December was a month of sunny skies and relatively warm temperatures, with meteorological records showing that the sun shone over Malta for 211.7 hours during the last month of the year, which is over 40 hours more than the norm, the Met Office said today.
Air temperatures during the month drop from a maximum of 19.4°C, on the 4th and 5th of the month, to a minimum of 5.7°C on the 28th; this being the lowest temperature recorded in 2018.
Despite this, the Met Office added that the weather conditions throughout the month remained mild, with an average wind speed of 10.1 knots and only 30.2mm of rainfall, 79% of which was measured on December 1st.
The year of 2018 had fewer hours of sunshine than 2017, but still enjoyed an average of 236.2 hours of sunny skies per month between January and December, amounting to around 65% of all daytime hours during the year.
The Met Office said that July was both the brightest and the driest month of the year, with a total of 362.6 hours of sunshine and only 0.4mm of dew recorded, whereas the dullest month was February, recording just over 136 hours of sunshine and an average cloud cover of 4.8 oktas.
Following a relatively dry start to the year, 181.4mm of rain fell in February, 117mm of which were measured on the 9th of the month, making it the second wettest day in February since 1923.
Photograph by Alain Salvary