Malta weather averages for holidays in 2017/2018

Malta weather comes in two flavours, hot in summer with plenty of sunshine, and sunny but cooler in winter with some rain and occasionally strong winds. Today's maximum temperature in Malta is expected to be 22°C, while the average maximum temperature in May is 23°C. The weather guide for Malta shown below is for Valletta. Read more about the weather in Malta.

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Malta weather averages

Check Malta weather averages before you book your next holiday. The warmest months in Malta are July and August with an average maximum temperature of 30°C. The sunniest month is July with on average 12 hours of bright sunshine per day. The month with the least number of days with some rain is July with 0 days. The sea is at its warmest in Malta in August and September with an average sea temperature of 26°C. The Malta weather averages shown below are for Valletta.

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Malta weather today

Here is the weather in Malta today, Monday 29th May 2017. Expect clear skies in Malta with a maximum temperature of 22°C and 12 hours of bright sunshine. There are 0 mm of rainfall expected and a moderate breeze of 20 kph from the east. The weather forecast shown below is for Valletta.

  • 22
    °C maximum temperature
  • 17
    °C minimum temperature
  • clear skies
  • 12
    hours of sunshine
  • 0
    mm of rainfall expected
  • 0
    no heat & humidity
  • 20
    kph wind from E

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Malta weather overview

Malta weather is some of the best in the Mediterranean with plenty of sunshine throughout the year and high daytime temperatures in summer often moderated by cooling sea breezes. Malta has long been a popular holiday destination with Brits. Everyone in Malta speaks English and there are good flight connections from most major UK airports.

Valetta Harbour, Malta © Rui Vale de Sousa
Valetta Harbour, Malta © Rui Vale de Sousa

One of Malta's main attractions is the sheltered sandy beaches that make it so popular as a family holiday destination. For those who are more adventurous there are also many secluded coves along the rocky shoreline with safe swimming in clear blue Mediterranean waters. Because of the fine weather, the summer season from June to September is the most popular time for people to visit Malta.

In June the weather is near to perfect. The days are long and 75% of daylight hours are usually sunny. Daytime temperatures do exceed 30°C on some days but heat and humidity is still usually only moderate. Although this sort of weather is ideal for lazing on the beach, depending on what you are used to, some may find the sea still a little chilly at 21°C.

By the middle of July however the sea temperature has risen to 24°C and 12 hours of sunshine a day is the norm. This is the beginning of the hottest time of year when daytime temperatures rise into the low thirties Celsius and heat and humidity is usually high. On the coast a sea breeze can help to alleviate the discomfort caused by high humidity and by nightfall temperatures are generally back to the low twenties Celsius.

August is normally quite similar to July - hot and dry, but when September arrives it becomes noticeably cooler and there is even a slight chance of rain showers. Once the school holidays are over September is a great time to visit Malta. Although daylight hours are shrinking, there is still plenty of sunshine, temperatures are down a touch and the sea temperature is still 25°C.

Even in October it is still pretty warm with daytime temperatures in the mid twenties Celsius, although as the month progresses the number of days with rain increases as the season changes from the settled dry conditions of summer to more variable cooler weather with rain at times. From the beginning of October to the end of January Malta usually has about the same amount of rain as most places in the UK. However there is also a lot of sunshine.

Rainfall in Malta comes mainly in short episodes, never lasting more than a day or two, and more normally falling over a period of a few hours. In fact the sun still shines for an average of at least 5 hours a day throughout the winter. Daytime temperatures in winter are comfortable, in the mid to high teens Celsius, and a lot warmer in direct sun. They can however fall below 10°C at night, but never below zero.

Warmth and sunshine are not the only benefits Malta weather has to offer in winter. Because the island is relatively far south daylight hours are longer here than in Northern Europe. London has around 7.5 hours of daylight each day in December. Malta can boast an extra 2 hours a day at 9.5 hours.

Despite the generally fine weather winds can be strong at times in winter and spring when the 'mistral' blows off Western Europe towards North Africa, and on rare occasions when it blows from the north east it brings colder weather from the Balkans. There is also a chance of 'sirocco' winds that blow from the Sahara desert towards Europe particularly in winter and spring, bringing dust, high humidity and warmer temperatures.

During February the first signs of spring start to appear as rain becomes less frequent and minimum temperatures rise a degree or two. Vegetation is at its greenest in March and from the middle of April when daytime maximum temperatures rise above 20°C the weather begins to warm up. By May there are 10 hours of sunshine a day, no heat and humidity and little chance of rain - great weather for getting out and about before the heat of summer takes hold once again.

Overall Malta has a delightful climate, in some respects very similar to many other destinations in the Mediterranean. Being a small island, air temperatures are moderated slightly by the temperature of the surrounding sea, making it cooler in summer and warmer in winter than places that are more affected by continental weather.

What to pack for Malta weather

In summer from June to September light cotton clothing is all you need to take to Malta. Even in the evening the temperature usually remains above 20°C. However for the rest of the year an extra layer is advisable; and from December to February a warm sweater is essential. Malta weather can be cold windy and wet on rare occasions during winter so a raincoat and umbrella may also be necessary.

Malta holiday weather averages by month

Check Malta holiday weather averages for a particular month by selecting from the list below. Monthly weather guides include figures for temperature, rainfall, sunshine hours and sea temperature plus daily sunrise & sunset times.

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Compare Malta weather with the USA

Below the Malta weather chart shows maximum daytime temperature for Malta (Valletta) and the USA (Washington). For more weather parameters or to change the destinations shown visit the comparison weather tool.

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