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The wettest October in over 60 years

The wettest October in over 60 years

Have you noticed that the sun is finally shining today? Malta has just come out of its wettest October in 64 years, with the constant rainfall coming as a welcome relief to farmers following a record-breaking summer.

According to the Met Office, 246.2mm of rain water fell during the month of October, the wettest since 1957, when 254.2mm were registered.

Malcolm Borg, the coordinator of Għaqda Bdiewa Attivi, said that farmers were in fear of the medicane storm that struck Sicily last week. However, the massive storm missed Malta and instead, the island was hit with a week of almost constant rain. Only one Gozitan farmer, said Borg, reported damage to his greenhouse as a result of strong winds.

“All the farmers I spoke to describe this weather as a barka minn Alla (a blessing from God),” said Malcolm. “The worst thing is flash rainfall when there is a lot of rain in a short period of time. But what we saw last week was that the rain was constant and not intense, which meant the whole soil profile had time to really absorb the water,” he said.

According to Borg, the underground aquifers were refilled, which means that farmers have more freshwater stored for the coming winter months.

What about the this week?

As you may suspect, the weather is expected to better in the next few days, which temperatures increasing too. Also, no further rain is forecast for the coming days.

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