Only 30 minutes of sunshine on November’s “bleakest” day

Photo: Miguela Xuereb

Only 30 minutes of sunshine were recorded on 17 November which went down as the bleakest and wettest day for the previous month.

The Malta International Airport published its weather highlights for November 2020 which was drier than usual.

On the same day, 27.7mm of rainfall were collected in 24 hours, making the day also the wettest in an otherwise drier-than-average November.

A total of 77.1mm of precipitation were collected during the month less than the 101.7mm rainfall quota.

The Malta International Airport reported dry and calm weather in the first half of the month which later gave way to wet and windier days as the month progressed.

The air temperature peaked on the fourth day at 23.7°C as the islands experienced unseasonable autumn weather in the first half of the month, which is commonly referred to as is-Sajf ta’ San Martin or Indian summer.

At 17.7°C, November’s average air temperature was 0.1°C higher than the climate norm, while the average sea surface temperature surpassed the climate norm of 21°C by 1.0°C.

The month’s mean cloud cover of 3.1 oktas was lighter than expected at this time of year. November’s 186.5 hours of sunshine were in line with the climate norm, with the sunniest day of the month clocking up 9.8 hours of sunshine.  

A total of three thunderstorms were recorded in the second half of the month and shallow fog on six days.

The month was generally much calmer than the norm, maintaining a mean wind speed of 6.6 knots rather than the expected 8.3 knots. The windiest day was the 28th of November, producing the month’s maximum gust of 35 knots blowing from a south-east by south direction.