Malta is well known for its long hot summers of course, but unless you spend a reasonable amount of time here, including Autumn and Winter, then you may not have seen the tremendous storms that also hit the island.
The last twenty four hours have been a case in point. Since last night there has been thunder, lightening and torrential rain, causing the usual chaos. Some areas of the island become completely impassable during the storms, with roads looking like rivers and businesses and homes flooded.
Birkirkara is a particularly badly affected area. Not surprisingly, Valley Road in Birkirkara is built in a valley and even less surprising is that when the heavy rain comes, the road really does turn into a river – Malta’s only natural water flow! Cars get washed away and businesses on both sides get flooded, yet the government seems unable or unwilling to sort the problem out.
In reality, the area should have never been built on in the first place, but it is too late now so the only solution is to build decent drainage to take the excess water away.
Something else you will notice when it rains in Malta is that the roads come to a virtual standstill. Maltese drivers seem incapable of driving in the wet and slow to a crawl. I guess it is simply down to the fact that it rains so rarely here that they are just not used to it.
Oh well, something else to get used to! Roll on Summer 🙂