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Below average temperatures throughout April and 6 days of Saharan dust

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Below average temperatures throughout April and 6 days of Saharan dustAccording to the Met Office, in April the air temperature peaked at 28.2°C, dropping to 8.6°C later in the month, the skies were covered with Saharan dust covered on 6 days of the month, but we did also get 240 hours of sunshine through the month.

April’s mean air temperature stood at 15.9°C, cooling down slightly from the climate norm of 16.1°C, the Met Office said.

Typically, the month’s mean maximum temperature reaches 19.8°C, but a cooler-than-average April saw the mean maximum temperature drop by 0.7°C. It noted that the mean minimum temperature remained relatively unchanged, warming by a fractional 0.2°C when compared to the climate norm of 12.4°C.

April showers were few and far between, seeing as only 15.4mm of precipitation were measured throughout the month. MIA said that 39% of the total precipitation was recorded on the 5th of April, making this the wettest day of the month. No sunshine was recorded on the Maltese Islands at all on the 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th of April.

The MET Office said that suspended Saharan dust covered our skies, accompanied by the odd blood rain shower. It said that the red skies which settled over the islands were blown away by stronger-than-average winds, which maintained a mean speed of 10.3 knots throughout April; this being 0.8 knots stronger than the climate norm.

At 240.7 hours, the April sun shone over the islands for just 8 hours less than the monthly average. The Met Office said that there was a daily average of 8 hours of sunshine, with the month’s brightest day, April 28th, registering a total of 12.5 hours of sunshine.

Photograph by Alain Salvary

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