The weather in Malta is one of the major reasons why people flock to the Maltese islands throughout the year, with its warm summers, mild winters and 3,000+ hours of sunshine.
No matter what kind of weather you’re used to back home, you’re likely to find the weather in Malta pleasant during most times of the year.
January and February
At the star of the year, January and February are usually the coldest and windiest months, with average temperatures of between 9 and 15 °C. Although you’ll usually have access to air conditioning (heat mode) or electrical/gas heating, humidity is toughest to deal with.
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.
March and April
The weather during this time of year usually tends to see temperatures rising a little, but mostly during the day, which means evenings can still be quite cold.
There’s a good chance that high temperatures and sunshine during the day means you’ll be comfortable out and about in a short-sleeved t-shirt or top, but you’ll want to bring along a sweater or hoodie and a jacket (no heavy duty skiing stuff) for during the evenings.
An umbrella might come in handy but you’ll definitely want a pair of sunglasses.
May and June
This is the time of year when winter weather can shift to summer mode in the span of a couple of weeks, so it’s more important than any other time of year to keep an eye on the weather forecast.
You’ll definitely want to bring along a mix of clothes to be prepared for sudden changes in temperatures, especially during the evening, although (heavy rainfall) is unlikely to occur.
This is the time of year during which I usually recommend people to visit Malta. Overall great weather and pleasant temperatures, warm enough to swim, and you avoid the super busy summer months as a bonus!
July and August
Peak summer means Malta is a sunbather’s heaven when both clouds and precipitation are rare and temperatures are so high you’ll be picturing yourself soaking in an ice-cube cooled bath more often than not.
For both accommodation as well as car hire, you’ll be thankful you paid a little extra for air conditioning in the car and you won’t think twice about higher fuel consumption. Air conditioning is like internet and electricity itself in Malta: No one quite knows how humans ever coped without. Air conditioning is in such demand during summer in fact, that it’s not uncommon for peak electric loads to cause a blackout.
Most people enjoy the summer sun and heat of course, but people are advised to drink plenty of water, to stay out of the sun as much as possible between 11am and 4pm and wear adequate sun protection. A tan may be a sign of a great summer holiday but a nasty skin disease (not uncommon!) isn’t exactly the right souvenir to return home with. Be wise, not sorry!
For some reason, around the feast the Maltese refer to as Santa Marija (15th August), it’s not uncommon for some rain to fall. Don’t worry too much about umbrellas though, it’ll still be pretty hot so you dry up in no time. Some take the opportunity to go for a warm swim in the rain (if it’s not too windy, that is).
September and October
We’re getting to a time of the year where the shift towards cooler winter weather can happen pretty quickly, although usually high temperatures last until the end of October. In fact, you can still comfortably swim during this time of the year (and also get sun burnt).
It’s also a time when the weather can be unpredictable. One year nothing spectacular happens, the next there’s a tropical thunderstorm with heavy rainfall that floods most valleys and catches out drivers whose cars are dragged along with the flow. Be aware of the weather conditions and talk to the locals if you’re looking to go out and about.
Most of your clothing will be short-sleeved still but keep an eye on the forecast and bring along a few options in case temperatures drop.
November and December
Although November and December are usually not the coldest months of the year, temperatures can drop and occasionally it does rain. If you’re looking for a winter solace from the cold back home, you’re best off traveling to Malta now than in January or February.
Long-sleeved clothes and a jacket are a must, but your sunglasses will still come in handy for sure.
Tips for different weather conditions in Malta
During the summer months, both temperatures and UV UV scale readings can soar. The usual advice is to:
Avoid open sun exposure between 11am and 4pm
Wear sunblock/sunscreen with a high SPF factor
Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
During September through to March sudden, heavy rainfall is a possibility. If you happen to be unlucky to be around when it occurs, keep away from low-lying areas.
With 3,000+ hours of sunshine throughout the year, pack a pair of sunglasses. It can get pretty bright out there!
Although temperatures don’t look particularly cold in winter months, don’t let the high humidity levels catch you off guard: Layer your clothes and consider bringing along thermal base layers if you’re particularly sensitive to cold.