Sixth warmest October since 1922
With an average temperature of 23°C, October days were warmer than the climate norm by 2.3°C. This was the 6th warmest October since 1922. The mean temperature was below the norm only in some of the last days of October.
The warmest day last month was registered on the 1st with a maximum temperature of 30.4°C. The lowest temperature last October was 15.5°C and this was recorded on October 26th. Records at the MetOffice show that the highest temperature ever reached in October was 34.5°C on October 27, 1999 while the lowest temperature was 8°C on October 30, 1978.
Following the heavy rain registered over the Maltese islands in the early hours of the October 25, together the additional rainfall during the rest of the month made it to a total of 46.8 mm. This total rainfall is well below the climate norm of 89.7 mm.
There were six (6) days with thunderstorms, which is equal to the climate average. The stormiest October was that of 1962 with 12 thunderstorm days. Malta also had one day with hail on October 25. No fog was observed at the Malta Airport MetOffice in Luqa.
The average sea surface temperature was 25.1°C. This is 2.2°C higher than the average value for October.
The wind speed averaging 7.9 knots, was slightly higher than expected for a typical October. For 69% of the time it was in the light speed bracket (1-10 knots). The East was the most frequent direction. On October 1 the maximum gust reached 34 knots from the East South East.
This October average humidity reached 78% which is equal to the 30-year mean. Last month we had total of 200.1 hours of sunshine, which is lower than the climate norm of 221.4 hours.