The European Space Agency has uploaded an image to Facebook showing exactly how hot Malta was yesterday. While the image is centred on Italy, we’re visible in the bottom right corner, and it’s not too looking too good for the islands.
The image shows the Land Surface Temperature, rather than the air temperature, and it’s looking like we’ll be able to start frying our breakfast eggs on the floor pretty soon. Egg whites become solid and – well, white – when the proteins denature, a process which begins happening at around 41°C.
The colour coding scale in the bottom left of the photo confirms Malta’s surface temperature yesterday was somewhere between the 40 – 45°C mark, pretty close to egg-frying standards. While not as warm as some parts of Sicily or Tunisia seemed to be, the Maltese islands were incredibly hot yesterday, especially in Gozo and the southeast of Malta. And it’s looking like this current heatwave still has a couple of days of blazing to do, so enjoy and stay safe!