Cool April as below average temperatures are recorded
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Cool April as below average temperatures are recorded

Saharan dust covers skies on 6 days

April’s mean air temperature stood at 15.9°C in April, slightly lower than the climate norm of 16.1°C, Malta Airport’s Meteorological Office said.

It said in a statement that typically, the month’s mean maximum temperature reached 19.8°C, but a cooler-than-average April saw the mean maximum temperature drop by 0.7°C. 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 with only 15.4mm of precipitation measured throughout the month. A total 39% of this was recorded on April 5, making this the wettest day of the month.

The first week of April put the month on course for a gloomy and wet 30-day stretch, with no sunshine at all being recorded on the Maltese Islands on April 1, 2, 4 and 5.

Suspended Saharan dust covered the skies and there was also the odd blood rain shower. The red skies were eventually blown away by stronger-than-average winds, which maintained a mean speed of 10.3 knots throughout April, 0.8 knots stronger than the climate norm.

At 240.7 hours, the April sun shone over the islands eight hours less than the monthly average. There was a daily average of eight hours of sunshine, with the month’s brightest day, April 28, registering a total of 12.5 hours of sunshine.

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