The above map shows the weather situation at the moment (11am, 10th September 2019), the red and orange circles indicate thunderstorms in our vicinity. Earlier, on Social media, various weather forecasters, most prominently Malta Weather predicted that a thunderstorm will reach the Maltese islands.
On their site, the weather forecasters are alerting the public about a “Heavy rain watch” stating that rain showers that may be heavy, thundery and with hail are possible over the next 36 hours, particularly on Wednesday when peak peak activity is expected. Besides the heavy rainfall, other potential threats such as severe wind gusts and large hail are possible as well, according to Malta Weather.
It’s best to avoid outdoor activities for the next two days and make sure you stay safe, don’t say the weather forecasters didn’t warn you!
On the other hand weather forecasters Maltese islands Weather (previously Gozo Weather) are warning that the threat of bad weather seems to be mostly in the form of one or two powerful storms. This warning will be in place from 2pm today until 12pm tomorrow.
They explain how an area of low pressure over the Gulf of Gabes will push an unstable air mass towards the central Mediterranean. Upon coming into contact with the warm sea around us, this unstable air mass will intensify and develop an area of showers and thunderstorms. Isolated showers are possible at any time till late on Wednesday 11/09. These could be heavy and thundery at times.
The weather forecasters continue to explain how the warm sea locally will cause the area of showers and thunderstorms to reach peak activity over the sea between Tunisia, Sicily and the Maltese Islands. According to the website one or two thunderstorms may affect the Maltese Islands and one could expect torrential rainfall, very strong winds and hail for some time in the event of a direct hit. At least one of the thunderstorms could be severe.
On the other hand, the Malta Met office is stating that today 10th September only light rain is expected over the Maltese islands accompanied by wind reaching us from the East at Force 2 – 3 later becoming Force 4 – 5.