In September, the precipitation year commenced with below-average rainfall, setting the stage for an exceptionally dry October, which subsequently emerged as the driest month according to the records of the Meteorological Office.
Merely 0.2mm of precipitation was recorded, a stark contrast to the typical monthly average of 77.6mm.
This aridity was coupled with unusually warm temperatures, attributed to a persistent high-pressure system over the Mediterranean.
The stagnant conditions and the influx of winds from the Sahara led to a mean air temperature of 23.9°C, surpassing the monthly norm by 2.2°C.
October experienced a maximum temperature of 31.7°C on the 18th, though the warmest day in the month’s history remains October 27, 1999, with a record high of 34.5°C.
Conversely, the lowest temperature for the month dipped to 17.8°C on the 15th.
Notably, the sea surface temperature averaged 25.7°C, exceeding the climate norm of 24°C. Sunlight was abundant, with 259.3 hours of bright sunshine, surpassing the monthly norm by 41.6 hours.
The 9th and 14th of October were the brightest days, boasting 10.2 hours of sunshine each, while the 25th marked the dullest, recording zero hours of sunlight.
Additionally, the mean cloud cover of 1.8 oktas and a lower-than-average mean wind speed of 6.5 knots (0.9 knots below the norm) characterized the meteorological conditions in October, with the maximum gust reaching 29 knots on October 20th from a South by West direction.