What Is the Weather In Malta Like?

Planning Your Trip? A Breakdown Of The Weather In Malta For 12 Months

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

Since water surrounds our islands, our climate is very warm but also humid throughout the entire year.

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

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what you need to know about weather in malta

The Maltese archipelago with a typical Mediterranean weather profile is effected 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.

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: "What time of the year is best to come to Malta?"

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

We split the Malta weather page 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 pleasant 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 because of our proximity to the African continent.

Valletta skyline during sunset.

Malta Weather In December, January, February

  • 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.

clothes we suggest you should bring with you

During these months we wear a couple of layers on each other together with a jacket or coat. We have an umbrella handy just in case it rains.

  • Jackets and coats.
  • Thick clothes to feel warm.
  • Closed shoes are good for the rain.
  • Umbrella - make sure it is strong as when it's very windy while it's 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 arrivals. 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.

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 December - Find out more details about the weather in December, what to pack, suggested tours, and things to do while here.

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"

Weather In Malta January - Cold and rainy weather can turn to warm. Find out more about Malta in January.

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"

Malta Weather In February - Very cold, rainy and windy, but expect some nice sunny days.

Stormy weather at the parliament in Valletta Malta.

Weather In Malta March, April, May

  • During these months, the temperature gets warmer and hours increase.
  • 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.
  • During these months the heat although fairly high will not bother you that much and is very pleasant.
  • Sunbathing is bearable but creams are recommended and no sunbathing during the worst hours of the day for those who are not used to such exposure.

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 gets 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.
  • Tourist numbers increase even more as they usually come from colder countries to enjoy warmer weather.

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 March time - Coolish, but start to see a change in weather. Also, day light gets longer. Find out more information about this month's weather.

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 April - A little fresh, the start of spring and perfect for country walks. Find more details about the weather in April.

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"

Malta Weather in May - Mild hot weather arrives and outdoor activities flourish. See what to bring with you during this month.

Beautiful weather in Malta greenery after a heavy rainstorm.

Malta Weather in 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.
  • September is still 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 attend.
  • Peak of cruise trips around the islands especially to Gozo, the Blue Lagoon and around the islands
  • 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 end third week September for Government private primary, secondary schools and sixth forms.

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"

Malta Weather in June - "Just about right" humid and warm. Find what to get with you on your holiday in June.

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 July - Hot!, highest peak for tourists and lots of village feasts. 

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"

Weather In Malta August - Extremely Hot...Santa Maria week...the most popular holiday for the Maltese. Find out what to do and pack for your August holiday.

One of Gozo's beaches in the middle of summer.

Weather In September, October and November

  • After the first rains the greenery appears in the countryside and pleasant for walks.
  • It becomes more pleasant to go again for picnics, but not before October, depending on the heat level.
  • Heavy rain and thunderstorms can occur but the return of beautiful sunny days is common. 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 decrease in the period between October to December.
  • Families prepare 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 brings with it a lot of warm days.
  • November is surely the month when the Maltese start preparing for Christmas by decorating their houses.
  • By the end of November there will the first Christmas Markets.

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 September - Still warm, expect the first storm and school start at the end of the month.

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 October - Warm days, rain to expected and the start of autumn. Find what to expect during October.

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"

Malta In November - What is it like in November? Temperatures are getting fresh, start of Christmas preparations.  Find out what to pack and what to do.

The triton square in Valletta during winter.

Malta Weather During The Year

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 percent 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 scarce. There is also the occasional storm, but the weather changes quickly.

Weather In Malta - Relative Humidity

The humidity is always high near 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 unbearable. Using 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 annoying, so staying in direct sunlight can be unbearable.

A farmer working in the countryside in Malta.

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 we call it grigal or gregale.

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

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

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