October warmer and drier than average

October 2014 was slightly warmer and drier than average with the mean monthly temperature of 22.4°C being 0.4°C above the average.

The average maximum monthly temperature of 25.7°C was 0.4°C above average while the average minimum monthly temperature of 19.1°C was also 0.4°C above average.

The coolest October ever was in 1989 and in 1996 with a mean monthly temperature of 19.9°C while the hottest ever was in 1990 with a mean monthly temperature of 23.9°C.

The hottest day in October 2014 was on the 18th with a high of 30.2°C. The coolest night in October 2014 was on the 5th with a low of 15.2°C. The hottest October day ever was on 14th October 2013 with a high of 33.9°C while the coolest ever was on 29th October 1996 with a low of 11.3°C.

57.9mm of rain were measured in October 2014. There were 9 days of rain, 8 days with lightning or thunder and 5 days with hail. The wettest October ever was in 2010 with 240.0mm while the driest was in 2001 with just 0.8mm.

The wind blew mainly from the west with an average wind speed at Zebbug Malta of 7.8 km/h. The strongest gust at Zebbug Malta was of 75.9km/h on the 5th from a southsouthwesterly direction during a thunderstorm as a low pressure system over Libya moved northwards across the Maltese Islands.

The mean monthly sea-level pressure was 1017.2hPa, with the highest of 1025.7Pa on the 1st and the lowest of 1006.7hPa on the 24th as an intense frontal system moved southeastwards across the Balkans.

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