In what seemed to be an unusual turn of evcents, two very beautiful sunny days welcomed February in Malta this weekend. However, almost like clockwork, Sunday’s late hours brought with them an overnight weather warning, thunder and showers over parts of the islands. Now, it looks like the weather is set to go back to proper wintery just in time for the first week of February.
Last night’s thundery start is set to continue throughout today and up till tomorrow, with the possibility of thunderstorms hitting the islands persisting for the next 24 hours. Even without the thunder, however, isolated showers are forecasted for the rest of the week, with only Friday showing a potential respite of cloudy weather.
Yesterday’s warm spell of 16°C definitely looks like it was a one-off, with highs this week not making it past 12 and 13°C. As far as lows go, evenings will just about make it to the double digits, with mid-week seeing them drop to 9°C.
In true shipwreck-February style, the winds this week won’t be too mild. Tuesday in particular will hold Force 6 northeasterly winds (yep, that’s the much-feared Grigal) alongside the possible thunderstorms.
Northerly and easterly winds will dominate much of the week, but interestingly enough, the mildest spell will be on Friday 8th, when the wind is set to drop to Force 2 and 3. However, we’re going to have to wait and see. After all, Sunday is when the notorious 10th February will be landing, so stay tuned to this weekend’s weather update to see whether we’ll get another stormy and windy first public holiday of 2019.
Photo by Stoyan Katevski