Very strong winds caused mayhem all around Malta late last night and early this morning, and while the situation is set to improve by the hour, we’re still looking at some very wintry projections.
Last night, gale-force winds of Force 7 climaxed in gusts of Force 8 at around midnight, with certain moments even peaking at Force 9 in certain locations. The sea was just as rough, with waves hitting heights of 5.5 metres at certain points.
In fact, a weather warning issued last night warned that the strong winds kicking off last night at 3pm would persist until 9am this morning. But while the warning was set to stop being valid earlier today, still-strong gusts are set to persist for a couple of days.
Today has kicked off with a cold morning which will feel like 12°C as northerly winds will continue dropping the apparent temperature. By the evening, that will drop to 7°C.
With some spells of rain already hitting the islands earlier today, isolated showers could persist as the weather gets slightly better ahead of tomorrow.
And while this week might not have a lot of rain in store for Malta and the temperature is set to get warmer, days will never feel warmer than 17°C.
As for the wind, a shift to the southwest will see gusts escalate to Force 5 by the end of the week.
With temperatures increasing but still remaining relatively low, today’s isolated showers might even end up with hail at times.
“Cold winter temperatures are expected to continue across Malta and Gozo until at least tomorrow Monday,” Facebook forecasters Malta Weather posted yesterday evening. “Strong winds and isolated rain showers may be with hail at times as a cold airmass persists over the central Mediterranean.”