MALTESE ISLANDS SET TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH CLOUDY WEATHER AND ABOVE-AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
- No rain but cloudy skies forecast for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
- Maximum temperature expected to exceed the climatic norm by 1°C
- First days of 2024 set to bring light winds and warm temperatures
As the Maltese Islands prepare to bid farewell to 2023 and ring in the new year, rather cloudy, dry weather is settling over the country while the mercury continues to rise, resulting in the air temperature exceeding the climatic norm for this time of year.
Revellers who will be soaking up the festive atmosphere in the capital city or joining in other celebrations across Malta and Gozo on New Year’s Eve will be pleased to hear that pleasant weather, characterised by light, west-southwesterly winds and cloudy skies, is forecast for the day.
Partly to rather cloudy weather with light winds blowing from a westerly direction, becoming west south-westerly later in the day, is also forecast for Monday, the first day of the new year.
Tourists visiting the islands seeking warmer climes will also welcome the news that the maximum temperature is set to peak at 18°C between Sunday and Monday, exceeding the month’s climatic norm by 1°C.
While the air temperature is expected to drop to a cooler 11°C overnight, these conditions are undoubtedly more pleasant than those registered back in 2014 when the mercury dropped to a crisp 2.8°C just before the clock struck midnight.
Fortunately, the weather will also favour those planning to spend the last of the Christmas holidays exploring the Maltese Islands, as the first days of 2024 will be characterised by partly to rather cloudy, dry weather. However, stronger winds are forecast for the second and third days of January as a rather strong Force 4 to 5 wind will blow from a west-southwest direction on Wednesday.
Despite the cloudy and windy conditions, the air temperature is expected to remain relatively warm, with the maximum temperature ranging between 18°C and 20°C, while the minimum temperature reaches 13°C.