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At least four departing flights were delayed and four other arrivals diverted to Palermo this morning as a severe thunderstorm hits Malta.
The first flights to be delayed and diverted were at 9:10am and 9:55am; an arriving flight from Amsterdam and the consequent departing one to the same airport (via Transavia).
Other diverted flights which were due to arrive between 9:55am and 10:40am were ones from Niederrhein (Ryanair), Warsaw (LOT) and Manchester (EasyJet).
As a result, the return flights to the three locations were delayed.
A lightning strike this Monday affected the Malta International Airport’s radar services, forcing the airport to briefly close.
Spells of heavy rainfall and thunder are forecasted for the rest of the day, with a red warning currently in effect. “The East Southeast wind will be strong and locally very strong at times over the Maltese Islands,” the forecast says.
This warning is valid till 11pm local time this evening