The Met Office at Malta International Airport confirmed that January was cooler and drier than normal.
On Wednesday morning the Met Office said it registered two consecutive days with gale force winds, being the 6th and 7th of the month. The strongest was the 7th with wind gusts at 48 knots from the West Northwest with the daily mean wind speed of 23.5kts.
Since 1947 the strongest recorded wind gust at Malta Airport was on 15th January 1951, 16th January 1978 and 2nd January 1994 with a maximum gust of 61 knots.
The overall monthly average wind speed measured at Malta Airport was 9 knots which was lower than the monthly climate average of 10.2 knots. The most frequent wind direction in January was from the West Northwest direction.
In January a total of 67mm of rain fell at Luqa, which was lower than the January norm of 89mm. The wettest day for January was the 30th of the month with a total of 9.8 mm. The highest total January rainfall on record occurred in 2009 with a total of 248.2 mm, while the driest one was that in 1983 with just 8.5 mm.
The Met Office added that with a mean temperature of 11.6°C, January 2012 was cooler then the climate norm of 12.4 °C. The mean maximum temperature for January 2012 was 14.2°C, less than the norm of 15.2°C. The mean minimum temperature was 9°C and this is also less than the climate norm of 9.5°C.
The highest temperature recorded last month was 16.9°C on the 2nd and the lowest temperature was 4.7°C on the 27th.
The mean sea temperature last month was 16°C which was 0.8°C warmer than average. The lowest recorded grass minimum temperature for this month was -0.7°C on the night of the 26/27th January. A mean relative humidity of 74% was recorded in January, which is less than the climate norm of 79%.
Thunder was heard on January 4th and 6th while hail was also observed on the 6th of the month.
The average hours of bright sunshine a day was 5 hours and 42 minutes, 36 minutes more than the average of 5 hours 06 minutes.
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