Weather in Malta

Information and statistics about the yearly weather and climate on the island of Malta

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First, the BIG question - When can I swim?

Most people begin swimming in mid-May, the sea remaining warm until early October.

Weather trends throughout the year

January

January has an average daytime temperature of 15°C but the damp makes it feel colder

January is the coldest month in Malta, and while the average is nowhere near as cold as more Northern European countries, it does feel cold because of the humidity in Malta's natural climate.

There's no way you can swim, as the sea is only 15°C but it's a great time to watch the stormy waves roll up onto the beaches. (Storms in Malta are big and fast, but usually vanish quickly)

February

Still cold, but warmer than the rest of Europe

February is another cold month, and it's still far too cold to swim. Malta has two different modes of life, and February is still in winter-mode.

It's still warmer than the rest of Europe but there can be quite a few grey days and the wind and damp air mean that you have to dress properly when the sun's not out and you definitely need a coat at night.

March

March is a bit brighter

March is brighter than January and February but it can still feel cold early in the month and throughout the month at night.

It's still far too cold to swim. I tried once and the shock was amazing - the sea still looks beautiful but it takes a while to heat up after the winter.

From the end of March the weather really starts to change.

April

April sees the first signs of spring

April is when Spring is starting in Malta, with an average daytime temperature of 20C, it's still too cold to swim, but the winter is passing, and summer's just round the corner. :) It's around this time most people in Malta are working hard in the gym, and trying to start their tan :) You often see visitors to the island swimming during April, although it seems far too cold for anyone who lives here.

May

In May people start preparing for summer and swimming!

After the 15th of May, locals start to swim and by the end of the month, the culture of Malta is starting to change gear into summer-living. People are changing the clothes they wear, the gym-commitment is at an all-time high and there's a huge increase in the number of students arriving from around the world. It's a great month in Malta - not too hot, and not too cold - a great time to explore or just enjoy the island.

June

The heat arrives and everyone's wearing less clothes

With the arrival of June, the hot weather is well and truly coming, and it's flip flops, t shirts, shorts or light dresses all day long. The nights are beginning to warm up too and everyone's spending a lot of time out in the sun. Summertime Malta is about people enjoying the cool evening air as much as swimming during the day and the whole island becomes much more social.

July

July is Hot Hot Hot!

In July you really do have to adjust to the heat. With an average daytime temperature of 32°C and 12 hours of sunshine per day, it's intense summer, and people flock to the beaches to enjoy the clear blue water and soak it all in. People wear as few clothes as possible and July is all about taking things slowly during the day and staying in air-conditioned areas unless you're swimming :) We all love July ...

August

Time for a siesta!

The strange thing about Malta in August is that the nights are hotter than the days in other countries :) With an average nigh time temperature of 24°C it's the hottest month of the year, and you can wear just a pair of shorts all day and all night and you'll never feel at all cold. People sit out until very late at night and many Maltese people (and often visitors) start to have a short sleep during the intense afternoon heat. It's siesta time!

September

Everyone's still at the beach throughout September although it can rain sometimes.

You may think of September as Autumn, and it is, but it's different in Malta. The average daytime temperature is 29°C and the sea is still 25°C which is hotter than the summertime air in other places. Everyone here is just glad that it's cooling down a little, and the first showers of rain in 3 months arrive (it never rains during most of June, all of July or all of August). It can sometimes be a bit more humid as the seasons start to change.

October

October is a great time to explore Malta as the intense heat of summer eases off

A great time to explore Malta, October is starting to cool off enough that it's comfortable to walk around and travel during the middle of the day. There's a higher chance of rain in October and the seasons are definitely changing, but the sea is still very warm until late in the month, so you can swim without any problem, except that the skies may be overcast. With an average daytime temperature of 25°C it's still a very warm month. With an average night temperature of 19°C, it's the first time since June that people are starting to feel a little chilly in the evenings.

November

November is winter in the rest of Europe, but in Malta it's still surprisingly warm, and although it's Malta's joint-rainiest month with December, it's still great weather for the most part. The nights are definitely cooler by November and you need to wrap up warm when the sun's gone, but with an average day time temperature of 21°C, the weather comes as a pleasant surprise to most visitors to the island. It may not be full summer, but the sun still comes out regularly and it generally feels more like a warm country than a cold one.

December

The rainiest month of the year, but not the coldest, December is winter, but the weather usually doesn't really become very wintery until after Christmas. With an average daytime temperature of 18°C, it's not like December in Northern Europe, and the weather doesn't start to feel properly cold until January. Many people come to Malta during the Christmas holidays, and whilst the locals are already wrapped up warm, visitors can often be seen in t-shirts and light clothes - the weather is obviously much warmer than wherever they came from. Whilst there can be quite a lot of rain (for Malta), December is still quite a warm month.