In a statement issued Monday, popular weather website www.maltaweather.com said that February 2009 was colder and wetter than usual although it broke no records. This cold weather had in fact persisted for most of the second part of the month.Mean temperatures for February showed air temperatures to be 1.0°C below average when compared to the normal February mean since temperature records began at Balzan in 1987. In fact, the mean temperature was of 11.9°C compared to the average of 12.9°C. The coldest February ever was in 2003 when the mean monthly temperature was of 10.8°C.
However, the extreme minimum temperature of 5.3°C at Balzan was not a record. The coldest February day on record since 1987 at Balzan was on 1st February 1999 when the extreme minimum temperature fell to 2.6C. There was also extreme minimum temperatures last month of 4.1°C at Rabat (Malta) and Nadur (Gozo). The warmest day last month was on the 5th when the temperature peaked at 20.1°C.
A total of 106.5 mm of rain were recorded at Balzan last month. The average rainfall in February since rainfall started being recorded in Balzan in 1985 is of 63.1 mm. The wettest day was on the 24th of the month with 40.1mm. The wettest February on record was that of 1996 with 181.3 mm and the driest was that of 1990 with a total of just 1.5 mm.
Thunder was heard on 4 days last month and there were 9 days with hail, which was well above the average number of days with hail for the month of February.
The average wind speed last month at Zebbug Malta was of 16km/h and the most frequent direction was the West-Northwest. The highest gust, that of 72.2km/h was experience on the 12th of the month. There was also a gust of 101.8km/h at Mellieha the evening before.
Constantly updated information live from 10 automatic weather stations distributed around Malta and Gozo, together with accurate 5-day weather forecasts, a detailed 3-day forecast for mariners, and various satellite and weather images are available on www.maltaweather.com
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