April sunnier and drier than expected

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Meteorological Office within the Malta International Airport said that April this year was sunnier, hotter and drier than expected.

The lowest temperature recorded last month was 9.7°C and this was recorded on three separate days. The highest temperature recorded was that of 25.6°C on 28th April. The mean temperature was 16.7°C, meaning 0.6°C higher than the climatic norm for April over the past 30 years.

On the other hand, the mean sea temperature was 1.1°C higher than the climatic norm which is 16.1°C.

The Meteorological Office noted in a statement that April had 253.3 hours of sunlight, almost 5 hours more than expected. Each April day had around 8.4 hours of sunlight every day. The sunniest day was the 30th of April, on which day the sun shone for 12.9 hours. In the meantime, the 3rd of April saw no sunlight at all. This same day had the strongest wind gust in April, with 31 knots coming from the north-eastern direction.

On the whole, April was less windy than expected. The wind maintained a mean speed of 8.4 knots throughout the month rather than the expected 9.5 knots. 4th April was the month’s wettest day, on which 17mm of precipitation were collected. The total rainfall for the month amounted to 18mm, falling 2.8mm short of measuring up to the climate norm for April. While two thunderstorms are usually reported in April, no thunderstorms were reported last month.