Oc­to­ber was the stormi­est month in 67 years

Malta Independent - - News -

Over 10 hours of sunshine and the month’s max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture of 27.4˚C, both recorded on the first day of the month, might have raised hopes that mild weather would linger a lit­tle longer. How­ever, Oc­to­ber went on to be­come the stormi­est month since 1951, the Malta In­ter­na­tional Air­port said yes­ter­day.

Oc­to­ber air tem­per­a­tures ranged be­tween a pleas­ant high­est max­i­mum of 27.4˚C and a low­est min­i­mum of 13.8˚C recorded on the last day of the month. At 21.5˚C, the mean air tem­per­a­ture was equal to the 30-year cli­mate norm for Oc­to­ber. On the other hand, the mean sea tem­per­a­ture was 1.4˚C higher than the norm of 23.5˚C.

While the first day of the month was the sun­ni­est, the sec­ond day was the wettest, and some­what bleaker with 4.4 hours of sunshine recorded. On the day, the is­lands were pelted by 43.8 mm of rain – namely around 23 per cent of Oc­to­ber’s much-needed to­tal rainfall - re­sult­ing from a low-pressure sys­tem over Cor­sica which moved in a southerly di­rec­tion.

The 189.0 mm of rain col­lected last month heav­ily out­poured the 75.6 mm of rain ex­pected at this time of year. How­ever, this came nowhere near close to the ex­treme amount of 476.5 mm of rain mea­sured in Oc­to­ber 1951. On the other hand, with 16 thun­dery days, last month did dis­place Oc­to­ber 1962 (12 thun­dery days) as the stormi­est Oc­to­ber on record.

How­ever, not all was doom and gloom, as the sun shone for a to­tal of 187.7 hours. Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal data show that only three Oc­to­ber days – 14th, 18th and 31st - did not en­joy any sunshine what­so­ever. On the 31st of Oc­to­ber, the is­lands also ex­pe­ri­enced thun­der­storms and a pro­longed pe­riod of pre­cip­i­ta­tion, which cer­tainly damp­ened many a trick-or­treater’s plans.

Av­er­ag­ing at 7.8 knots, the wind speed was 0.6 knots higher than the norm. The month’s windi­est day was the 21st of Oc­to­ber, on which a max­i­mum gust of 37.5 knots blow­ing from a north by east di­rec­tion was recorded.

Other me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal ob­ser­va­tions in­clude re­ports of dust from the Sa­hara Desert on 28 and 29 Oc­to­ber.

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