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UPDATED: September’s first rainstorm causes postponement of the day’s religious processions

September’s first rainstorm hit the Maltese Islands during the afternoon with a considerable and steady downpour accompanied by thunder and lightning. Gozo seems to have borne the brunt of the storm with many localities reporting flooded roads. The worst hit places were Msida as seen in this footage and Xlendi in Gozo as can be seen in received pictures.

The heavy rainfall also disrupted the religious processions in honour of Our Lady of Victories, popularly known as “tal-Bambina”, due to have been celebrated today in Malta and Gozo. In fact the processions which were due to be held this evening in Senglea, Naxxar, and Xagħra in Gozo were postponed and rescheduled for tomorrow evening while the Mellieħa procession will be held on Sunday evening.

However, despite the weather, the Victory Regatta still took place, starting off under cloudy weather and ending in pouring rain. The Regatta’s history shows there have only been two postponements because of inclement weather. This year’s edition was won by Cospicua.

Since early morning the Meteorological Office at Malta’s International Airport was predicting that a trough of low pressure over the south of Tunisia and the Libyan north westerly would be extending to Malta and Italy, forecasting cloudy conditions, with local downpours accompanied by thunder and periodical windy gusts, becoming cloudy with rain later in the day.

Still, after the storm there is calmer weather and it is predicted that the weather will clear through the night and the Meteorological Office is predicting a return to good weather by tomorrow.

Those having any pictures of the storm are asked to send them to [email protected]