February 2014 warmer than average

February 2014 was warmer than average, particularly at night and also slightly wetter than average with 75.8mm of rainfall compared to the average of 66.2mm. There were 11 days of rain and 2 days with lightning/thunder compared to the average of 12 and 4 days respectively. The wettest February ever was in 1996 with 181.3mm while the driest was in 1990 with a mere 1.5mm!

February 2014 was warmer than average with the mean monthly temperature of 13.7°C being 0.8°C above average. The average maximum monthly temperature of 16.2°C was 0.3°C above average while the average minimum monthly temperature of 11.2°C was 1.3°C above average.

The coldest February ever was in 2003 with a mean monthly temperature of 10.8°C while the warmest ever was in 1990 with a mean monthly temperature of 14.9°C.

The warmest day in February 2014 was on the 16th with a high of 20.5°C. The coldest night in February 2014 was on the 7th with a low of 8.3°C. The warmest February day ever was on 18th February 2010 with a high of 24.1°C while the coldest ever was on 1st February 1999 with a low of 2.6°C.

The wind blew mainly from the west with an average wind speed at Zebbug Malta of 12.5km/h. The strongest gust at Zebbug Malta was of 61.1km/h on the 11th from a westerly direction during the passage of a low pressure system across the central Mediterranean. A stronger gust of 79.6km/h was recorded at Mellieha on the same day.

The mean monthly sea-level pressure was 1016.2hPa, with the highest of 1024.0hPa on the 27th and the lowest of 996.9hPa on the 1st as an intense African low moved across the Maltese Islandss.