As opposed to the previous month, October 2012 was drier than average with 65.8mm compared to the average of 76.4mm. This mainly fell on the 25th of the month, when a waterspout was also seen off St Paul’s Bay. October was also hotter than average, particularly at night, with the mean monthly minimum temperature of 23.3°C being 1.1°C above average.
The mean monthly maximum temperature of 25.6°C was 0.5°C above average while the mean monthly temperature of 20.3°C was 1.6°C above average. The hottest October since temperature records began in 1987 was that of 1990 with a mean temperature of 23.9°C. The coolest was in 1996 with a mean temperature of 19.9°C.
The hottest day in October 2012 was on the 1st day of the month with a maximum of 29.7°C. The hottest October day ever recorded was of 33.5°C on 2nd October 1991 and 27th October 1999. The lowest minimum temperature in October 2012 was of 15.8°C on the 26th. The coldest October night ever recorded was of 11.3°C on 29th October 1996.
The SW was the most frequent wind direction with an average wind speed at Zebbug Malta of 7.4km/h. The strongest gust at Zebbug was of 64.8km/h on the 27th. A gust of 96.2km/h was recorded at Mellieha on the same day.
The mean monthly sea-level pressure was 1014.1hPa, with the highest of 1022.1hPa occurring on the 6th and the lowest of 1000.3hPa occurring on the 27th.
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