JULY TEMPERATURE PEAKS AT 38.8°C EARLY ON IN THE MONTH
July’s air temperature averaged at 28.6°C
The mean sea surface temperature was 2.7°C warmer than the norm
378 sunshine hours were clocked during the month
July was another hotter-than-average summer month, with the mean air temperature exceeding the climate norm of 26.9°C by 1.7°C. July’s maximum temperature peaked at 38.8°C on the second day, while the lowest temperature was recorded on the twelfth day at 21.3°C.
At 27.9°C, the mean sea surface temperature for July was 2.7°C warmer than the climate norm for the month, going on to surpass the expected mean temperature for August by 1.2°C as well.
378.5 hours of sunshine brightened the second month of the meteorological summer, with July 16 clocking a maximum of 13.4 sunshine hours. At 0.6 oktas, the mean cloud cover for July was slightly lower than the expected 0.8 oktas.
0.2mm of rain were measured by the Meteorological Office in Ħal Luqa, making July slightly wetter than the norm.
The month was calmer than the norm, maintaining an average wind speed of 5.9 knots rather than the expected 6.9 knots. The maximum gust for the month was recorded on July 8 at 34 knots, blowing from the Northwest by West.
Between Wednesday 10 and Friday 12 August the Maltese Islands were hit by showers, which were locally thundery, gusty and heavy at times. Such weather is expected at this time of year, with the presence of the għarajjex ta’ Santa Marija, which are synonymous with the month of August, signalling the upcoming seasonal change.
The Meteorological Office is forecasting generally fine weather from Saturday through to Thursday. The Maltese Islands are set to experience temperatures that are higher than the August climate norm of 32°C in the coming days, with the temperature expected to peak at 36°C on Wednesday August 17.
Published on: 12.08.22