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A breakdown of the weather in malta for 12 months

Malta weather can be unpredictable since on one day you can have a rainy day and on another a beautiful sunny hot day.

Due to our islands being surrounded by water, our climate is very warm but also humid throughout the whole year.

You can expect mostly warm weather, so visiting our island anytime during the year is delightful.

More details on weather in Malta for those who would like to know some statistics. At the same time this information can help you plan your bargain holiday in Malta better.  

The Maltese archipelago with a typical Mediterranean weather profile is influenced by the sea which surrounds it.

Our weather having a Mediterranean mix, is similar to that of Southern Italy and southern Greece. Our autumn is periodically wet and winters are cool, sometimes colder during January and February.

Bright sunlight is abundant with a mean of 8.3 hours every day.

The information provided here will be of great help to you when you wish to come over and you will wish to make a weather forecast for yourself while you are planning your next holiday with us.

Here is a quick peek of Malta weather forecast for the next 7 days.

7 day weather malta


Quick Facts About Weather In Malta

  • Average Yearly Hours of Sunshine: 3,000+
  • Annual Yearly Precipitation: 600mm | 23.6"
  • Average Yearly Sea Temperature: 20 °C (68 °F)
  • Average Yearly Temperature: 23 °C (73 °F)                      
  • Hottest Month In Malta: August
  • Coldest Month In Malta: January and February

The Weather in Malta - Seasons in Malta

Tourists often ask us: "When is the best time to visit Malta?"

The perfect timing is all year round. It seems that people look for the magical moment when they can visit these islands.

The Malta weather page is split up into the four seasons, Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. We answer your queries, when it is not too hot or not too cold or when there are not too much crowds.

The beauty of the climate is that during summer days there is a nice breeze of cool air along the shores.

Since Africa is close, during spring and autumn a hot dry wind comes along, known as scirocco, which creates unpleasant high temperatures about which everyone grumbles. This also affects Italy and Greece but for us it is more dry due to our proximity to the African continent.

Malta Weather In December, January, February

  • Malta weather Average highest is 16°C to 18°C (61°F to 64°F) and the lowest 10°C to 12°C (50°F to 54°F).
  • Daylight hours varies from 5.2 to 7.3 hours during the day.
  • Average rainfall for these months 77mm varying from 38mm in March to 108mm in December.
  • These months are surely the coldest the lowest being February.
  • During these months winds can reach gale force strength with bad rainy days.
  • As a normal guide line during these months many days could be cloudy with wind but days can be very clear with hot sunny days.
  • In the shade it will be cold especially if it is windy and cloudy, even on sunny days.

In terms of clothes, bring with you thinner clothes that you can layer, as well as a jacket. If you’re particularly sensitive to the cold and looking to be out and about during the evening, consider bringing along thermal wear to be safe – assuming the forecast is suggesting temperatures of below 10 °C.

On those days I myself wear thermal clothing on occasion and don’t feel cold very easily like some people do.

Bring along an umbrella: London-grade for when it’s windy at the same time.

clothes we suggest you should bring with you

  • Jackets and coats
  • Thick clothes to feel warm.
  • Closed shoes which are good for the rain
  • Umbrella - make sure it is strong as when its very windy while its raining.
  • Scarf, gloves and beanie

What to expect in these months:

  • Winter sales start just after Christmas day and extend into January.
  • Some schools have carnival holidays always on Monday and Tuesday as carnival holidays.
  • Carnival time always comes in February.
  • Least tourist arrivals are in the period between January to March.
  • Rates for airfares and hotel are at the lowest level.
  • Fees for museums and tourist attractions remain the same throughout the year.
  • During carnival time there is a fair increase in tourist. This is also evident during Holy week with Easter.

Christmas time – A special time in Malta 

  • Pantomimes start just before Christmas day.
  • The Maltese attend to the annual Christmas eve Church functions.

Malta weather summary for the following months:

  • December - Cold weather, with clear days.
  • January - Cold and rainy...weather can turn to warm.
  • February - Very cold, rainy and windy...but expect some nice sunny days.

average temperature for the following months

malta weather december

  • Lowest to Highest Record: 3.8°C - 24.9°C | 38.8°F - 76.8°F
  • Lowest to Highest Average: 11.9°C - 17.4°C | 53.4°F - 63.3°F
  • Sea Temperature: 17.4°C | 63.3°F
  • Daily Hours of Sunshine: 5.2 Hours
  • Rainfall: 107.7mm | 4.2"

Malta Weather january

  • Lowest to Highest Record: 3.9°C - 22.2°C | 39.0°F - 72.0°F
  • Lowest to Highest Average: 10.3°C - 16.0°C | 50.5°F - 60.8°F
  • Sea Temperature: 15.4°C | 59.7°F
  • Daily Hours of Sunshine: 5.5 Hours
  • Rainfall: 94.5mm | 3.7"

Malta Weather february

  • Lowest to Highest Record: 2.6°C - 24.1°C | 36.7°F - 75.4°F
  • Lowest to Highest Average: 9.8°C - 15.9°C | 49.6°F - 60.6°F
  • Sea Temperature: 14.9°C | 58.8°F
  • Daily Hours of Sunshine: 6.4 Hours
  • Rainfall: 65.9mm| 2.6"

March, April, May

During these months the temperature starts to get warmer and hours start to increase.

Average highest is 20°C to 28°C (68°F to 82°F) and the lowest 13°C to 20°C (55°F to 68°F).

Daylight hours varies from 8.5 to 11.2 hours during the day.

Average rainfall for these months 20mm varying from 26mm in April and 5mm in June.

The countryside is all green with flowers ideal for walks.

As soon as the wind dies down, it might be perfect for a picnic, during April, after all.

During these months the heat although fairly high will not bother you that much and is very pleasant.

Sunbathing is bearable but creams are always recommended and no sunbathing during the worst hours of the day

What to expect in these months:

  • Tourist arrivals increase from the winter period in the period between April to May to reach their peak during summer.
  • School holidays for the Easter period last around two weeks.
  • Ideal picnic months before the weather starts getting too hot. As soon as the sun descends you will need a t-shirt or a light jacket.
  • You can see the Maltese sunbathing at the beaches but mostly at Golden bay, Ghadira bay at Mellieha and Paradise bay.
  • Tourists demand increase even more as they usually come from colder countries.

A generic summary of Malta weather during these months:

  • March - Coolish...start to see a change in weather...days start to grow longer.
  • April - A little fresh...the start of spring...perfect for country walks
  • May - Mild hot weather arrives...outdoor activities begin

average temperature for the following months

malta weather March

  • Lowest to Highest Record: 4.8°C - 33.5°C | 40.6°F - 92.3°F
  • Lowest to Highest Average: 11.3°C - 17.7°C | 52.3°F - 63.9°F
  • Sea Temperature: 15.0°C | 59.0°F
  • Daily Hours of Sunshine: 7.3 Hours
  • Rainfall: 38.1mm | 1.5"

weather in malta April

  • Lowest to Highest Record: 6.5°C - 31.7°C | 43.7°F - 89.1°F
  • Lowest to Highest Average: 13.4°C - 20.0°C | 56.1°F - 68.0°F
  • Sea Temperature: 15.9°C | 60.6°F
  • Daily Hours of Sunshine: 8.5 Hours
  • Rainfall: 25.8mm | 1.0"

Malta Weather May

  • Lowest to Highest Record: 10.5°C - 37.3°C | 50.9°F - 99.1°F
  • Lowest to Highest Average: 16.6°C - 24.1°C | 61.9°F - 75.4°F
  • Sea Temperature: 17.5°C | 63.5°F
  • Daily Hours of Sunshine: 10.0 Hours
  • Rainfall: 8.8mm| 0.3"

June, July, August

The weather is already very hot. From June to July it gears up to high temperatures and then to August. Between July and August temperatures are the highest for the year.

Average highest is 29°C to 32°C (84°F to 90°F) and the lowest 20°C to 24°C (68°F to 75°F)

Daylight hours varies from 9.0 to 12.2 hours during the day.

Average rainfall for these months 19mm varying from trickle in July to 65mm in September.

September is still very lovely to sunbath as the sun will not be very strong.

Malta is likely to experience its first storm after summer.

What to expect in these months:

  • Highest tourist arrivals are in the period between June to September.
  • Peak of village feasts that you must to attend.
  • Peak of cruise trips around the island especially to Gozo, the Blue Lagoon and around the island.
  • Peak of very popular festivals like Marsovin and Delicata wine festival, Farsons beer festival, MFCC & Montekristo Trade Fair.
  • Schools holidays approximately start between end June and and end third week September for Government, private primary, secondary schools and sixth forms.

An overview of Malta weather for these months:

  • June - "Just about right"...humid and warm
  • July - Hot!...highest peek for tourists...lots of village feasts
  • August - Extremely Hot...Santa Marija week...the most popular holiday for the Maltese...

average temperature for the following months

malta weather june

  • Lowest to Highest Record: 14.8°C - 40.1°C | 58.6°F - 104.2°F
  • Lowest to Highest Average: 20.4°C - 28.5°C | 68.7°F - 83.3°F
  • Sea Temperature: 21.1°C | 70.0°F
  • Daily Hours of Sunshine: 11.2 Hours
  • Rainfall: 5.1mm | 0.2"

weather in malta july

  • Lowest to Highest Record: 17.4°C - 43.1°C | 63.3°F - 109.6°F
  • Lowest to Highest Average: 22.9°C - 30.5°C | 73.2°F - 88.7°F
  • Sea Temperature: 24.1°C | 75.4°F
  • Daily Hours of Sunshine: 12.2 Hours
  • Rainfall: 0.2mm | 0.01"

Malta Weather august

  • Lowest to Highest Record: 18°C - 43.0°C | 64.4°F - 109.4°F
  • Lowest to Highest Average: 23.7°C - 31.8°C | 74.7°F - 89.2°F
  • Sea Temperature: 25.8°C | 78.4°F
  • Daily Hours of Sunshine: 11.4 Hours
  • Rainfall: 5.6mm| 0.2"

September, October and November

After the first rains the greenery starts to appear in the country side and pleasant for walks.

Average highest during the day 21°C to 28°C (70°F to 82°F) and the lowest 15°C to 22°C (59°F to 72°F).

Daylight hours varies from 6.5 to 9.0 hours during the day.

Average rainfall for these months 85mm varying from 65mm in September to 112mm in November.

It becomes more pleasant to go again for picnics but not before October, depending on the heat level.

Heavy rain and thunder storms can occur but the return of beautiful sunny days we have but the heat is less intense.

What to expect in these months:

  • In September the flow of Maltese people going to the beach drops, but it is still pleasant to go.
  • Tourist arrivals start decreasing in the period between October to December.
  • Families start preparing their children for school but beaches are full with tourists.
  • By beginning October all schools will be all open including government collages and university.
  • In November there is the feast of St. Martin ‘San Martin’ where usually it is very fine weather and hot sun.
  • Mid-November the Maltese will start preparing for Christmas by decorating their houses.
  • By the end of November there will already be Christmas Markets.

Malta Weather summary for these months:

  • September - Still warm...expect first storm
  • Malta weather October - Warm days...rain to be expected...the start to autumn
  • Weather Malta November - Cold...start of Christmas preparation

average temperature for the following months

malta weather september

  • Lowest to Highest Record: 15.4°C - 39.2°C | 59.7°F - 102.6°F
  • Lowest to Highest Average: 21.6°C - 28.5°C | 70.9°F - 83.3°F
  • Sea Temperature: 25.2°C | 77.4°F
  • Daily Hours of Sunshine: 9.0 Hours
  • Rainfall: 65.0mm | 2.6"

weather in malta october

  • Lowest to Highest Record: 11.3°C - 33.5°C | 52.3°F - 92.3°F
  • Lowest to Highest Average: 18.6°C - 25.1°C | 77.2°F - 91.1°F
  • Sea Temperature: 23.2°C | 73.8°F
  • Daily Hours of Sunshine: 7.2 Hours
  • Rainfall: 76.8mm | 3.0"

Malta Weather november

  • Lowest to Highest Record: 5.7°C - 28.9°C | 42.3°F - 84.0°F
  • Lowest to Highest Average: 15.0°C - 21.0°C | 65.5°F - 69.8°F
  • Sea Temperature: 20.6°C | 69.1°F
  • Daily Hours of Sunshine: 6.5 Hours
  • Rainfall: 111.9mm| 4.4"

Weather In Malta - Rainfall

Our yearly average rainfall is 600 mm (24 inches).

From year to year it varies and we have had  extremes of 1031.2mm (40.6 inches) one year to a very dry year of only 191.3mm (7.5 inches).

The rain mostly falls between October and March being autumn and winter. This represents around eighty five per cent of the total yearly rainfall.

The length of the dry season is longer than that of the wet season.

The two usually hottest months of the year are July and August.

The dry period starts from April to September. This does not mean that in between there is no rain but this is very scarce. There is also the occasional storm but the weather changes quickly.

Weather In Malta - Relative Humidity

The humidity is always high, in the region of 65-80% and this is due to being an island. It rarely falls below 40%.

Summer temperatures are high and can be rather irritating especially during August and September. During the night the temperature together with the humidity are quite unbearable. The use of ceiling fans and air conditioning is very common.

However, since humidity is rather high due to the proximity to the sea, summer temperatures can feel quite annoying, so staying in direct sunlight can be unbearable.

Weather In Malta - Wind

Winds are strong and frequent. The most common are the cool northwesterly (in Maltese majjistral).

Dry weather comes from the northeasterly wind. In Maltese it is called grigal or gregale.

The hot humid weather comes from the southeasterly wind. In Maltese it is called xlokk, or sirocco.

Due to these winds only around 8% of the yearly days are wind free.

The prominent wind is the northwesterly which on average blows on 19% of windy days. The remaining percentage is almost equally divided by the other winds.

There are various times during the year when we get three consecutive windy days with strong gale force winds. These winds are most common and come from the northwest which is the most common wind. Or also from the northeast. This type of wind brings with it stormy and sometimes severe weather.

Weather in Malta During Summer

Summer is extremely hot. Very sunny, dry and warm with an average of over twelve hours a day of sun light. Due to summer time change where we add one hour in advance and the increase of daylight both in the morning and evening, heralds the of summer. By April this is evident and the days start warming up.

May and October are also between 20ºC (68ºF) to 25ºC (77ºF) as average temperatures. But temperatures peak up for sever days up to 27ºC to 30ºC (47ºF to 49ºF).

June and September are normally between 25ºC (77ºF) to 30ºC (86ºF). But temperatures peak up for several days up to 35ºC (51ºF).

July and August the highest with temperatures usually above 32ºC (50ºF) as an average but the temperatures for many days are much higher up to 35ºC (95ºF), even 40ºC (54ºF) occasionally.

Weather in Malta During Winter

Winter is not that heavy. It is considered as mild is normally mild with few occasions of cold weather.

So the Maltese climate is very sunny with an average of five to six hours of sunshine a day in midwinter

Maltese winters are mild and the cold weather comes from north and northeastern wind coming over from central Europe. On average the temperature is 10ºC (50ºF) and does not fall much less but there are occasions when it does. February 2012 coldest day of the year 4ºC (32ºF).

The remaining months not mentioned in the summer section; January to April.

From the coldest period to the weather getting more arm, 8ºC up to 20ºC (36ºF up to 43ºF). October to December 26ºC down to 16ºC (46ºF down to 41ºF). These temperatures are averages.

Day temperatures almost never fall below 10ºC (50ºF). There are occasions when it is windy and the weather feels colder.

Night temperatures never fall below 0ºC (32ºF). Hence, snow never falls in Malta. Our type of climate does not permit any snow formation but we do get hail sometimes.

These islands are ideal for a winter sun holiday.

You may now be curious of what is for you if you come here during any particular season. A list of things to do while here will further guide you of what happens during the year.

Maltese weather details are ideal for those who wish to settle away from endless rainy days and love the hot sunny days of a typical Mediterranean country.

The most popular Malta weather website is www.maltaweather.com

The weather in Malta is generally moderate. As long as you prepare yourself for the hot or for the cold weather you will surely enjoy your holiday in Malta and Gozo. All the information we provide is to make you aware and be prepared in order to enjoy your holiday to the full.

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