Warm and sunny to welcome New Year: Near record temp says Met Office

Warmer weather coupled with clear skies will be arriving on the Maltese islands just in time for the New Year’s weekend, as a mainly sunny end to December flows into a sunny and dry New Year’s Day.

The first day of 2022 is set to be one of the warmest on record, as a maximum temperature of 20°C is expected on Saturday. This is close to the maximum temperature of 20.2°C registered on the 1st of January in 1985, which went down on record as Malta’s warmest New Year’s Day.

However, lower temperatures are expected over the rest of the weekend, with highs of 18°C and 17°C forecast for the 31st of December and the 2nd of January respectively. Temperatures will dip to lows varying between 11°C and 12°C from Friday to Sunday, with the latter forecast to be the coolest day.

The rather strong winds which are currently affecting the islands will die down gradually over the coming days, as Force 3 winds from the north will become north northwest tomorrow, before picking up to reach Force 4 to 5 on Saturday. On Sunday, calmer Force 2 to 3 winds are expected to blow from the west northwest, becoming variable by the evening.

Source: Malta International Airport Weather