Last month was the third coldest February since records started being kept in 1923, and rainfall was twice the average, the MIA Met Office said today. 

A total of 132.6 mm of rain fell in February at Malta Airport when the monthly average is 61.3mm. The rainiest day was the 21stwith 24.2mm. The highest rainfall amount for February since 1947 was 187.9mm in 1965.

February was also colder than the climate norm. The mean temperature for February was 10.2oC which was 2.2oC lower than the norm of 12.4oC. This was the third coldest February since 1923.

With a mean maximum temperature of 13oC and a mean minimum temperature of 7.5oC both the mean maximum and the mean minimum temperatures were well below the climate norm of 15.5oC and 9.3oC.

The highest temperature for this February was 15.9oC on the 3rd, while the lowest was 3.6oC on the 14th.

The mean wind speed for February was 9.4 knots which is less than the climate norm of 10.3 knots. On the 6th of the month we had a gust of 50 knots from the Northwest by West direction. The most frequent direction for this month was from the West Northwest direction.

With a mean of 6 hours 36 minutes of bright sunshine, February was 30 minutes more bright than the norm of 6 hours 6 minutes. The dullest day was on the 21st when there were no hours of bright sunshine while the brightest were on 28th and 29th with 10 hours 48minutes.

The relative humidity of 74%, this month was 5% less humid than the climate norm of 79%.

The average sea temperature was 15.4oC which is 0.7oC more than the climate norm of 14.7oC for February.

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