Weather in Malta – When to Go, Best Time to Visit

Malta has a Mediterranean climate, which means the country typically experience hot and dry summers, and mild winters.

The annual average temperature in the Maltese Islands is 18ºC / 64ºF, varying between 12ºC in January and 30ºC in July and August (about 54ºF and 86ºF). Annual rainfall is relatively low. The beach season can easily extend to mid- or late October.

Seasonal Temperatures

Summers in Malta are long, hot and dry. Between June and September, average temperatures during the day are around 30ºC / 86ºF. High temperatures may be cooled down by sea breezes that bring cooler air.

However, occasionally thermometers can reach 40ºC / 104ºF, especially when the archipelago is affected by the Sirocco, a hot and dry wind blowing from North Africa.

Winters are mild, with average temperatures around 14ºC / 15ºC (57 to 59ºF). That’s why they are a popular time among British tourists, who travel to Malta in search of good weather.

Autumns have moderate temperatures ​​around 20ºC / 68ºF. Spring is perhaps the most pleasant season, with comfortable temperatures, ranging between 16 and 20ºC (61 and 68ºF).

Rainfall

Annual rainfall is relatively low, and occurs mainly in the autumn and winter months, with November and December being the wettest months. A part of the rainfall in this period may take the form of heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Temperature and rainfall chart – Valletta, Malta

The sea water temperature rises to 21ºC (70ºF) in June, and may reach 26ºC (79ºF) in late summer (August and September).

When to Go

Malta can be visited at any time of year. One of the best periods for sightseeing is between April and June with mild temperatures and little rainfall.

Unless you plan to lie on Malta’s famous beaches, July and August can be very hot, both day and night, especially when the wind blows from the African coast.