This year’s summer has seen a record heatwave. In recent days temperatures have somewhat cooled and were average for this time of the year and sometimes even less. However, over the coming days, temperatures are forecast to soar once again.
This year’s summer began with high temperatures from 20th June to 1st July and according to the International Airport Met Office were the highest-ever recorded in recent years.
Meteorologist Brian Micallef said that the highest temperatures were recorded during June with the mercury registering 41.5 Celsius in the last days of June. He said this was caused by high temperatures sweeping in from the Sahara Desert and moving over the centre of the Mediterranean. There were no incoming northerly winds from the Atlantic to offset the Sahara winds. This was spread over a period of 12 days and thus the highest ever June temperature was recorded.
However, according to the Met Office, throughout June of two years ago was the hottest stretch during the last five years.
Micallef explained that current temperatures were lower than the average for this time of year, 33 degrees Celsius. However, temperatures are expected to rise over the coming days as more Sahara Desert heat is headed toward Malta.
He said that high temperatures in Malta are experienced for shorter periods than had been experienced in June – but what classifies a heatwave? He said this is classified by three successive days in which temperatures of added five degrees of heat more than the normal are recorded.
Referring to the floods in Palermo, Micallef explained the likelihood of these storms happening in Malta is unlikely but these are quite normal for Sicily.
He said that when cold air spreads over a large region when this cools it produces storms and thunder.
Last month Malta only experienced 0.8mm of rainfall, that is, less than the normal which is 4mm.