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21 AugLocal Time: 15:02 CEST UK Time: 14:02 BST
- Sunrise 06:25
- Sunset 19:44
- Moonrise 02:44
- Moonset 16:58
|Temp feels like:||96°F (35°C)|
|Length of Day:||9h 46m|
|Dew Point:||73°F (23°C)|
|Pressure:||30.01 " (1016 hpa)|
Average for August: 80°F (27°C)
Weather Overview for Malta
The island of Malta experiences a Mediterranean climate, characterised by hot dry summers and mild wet winters. The climate is heavily influenced by the surrounding sea.
The average temperature across the year is a very pleasant 18°C, varying from 12°C in January to 30°C in July and August. Annual rainfall is low, at around 600mm and most of this falls during thunderstorms in late autumn and winter.
The summer in Malta is long and very hot with almost no rainfall. June to September sees average daytime highs of around 30°C. These high temperatures are often relieved by cooling sea breezes. However the island can see temperatures soaring up into the 40s when the sirocco wind blows from Africa. This hot dry wind blows in from the African continent bringing stifling and uncomfortable temperatures. Summer nights are very warm too, with temperatures in July and August rarely falling below the mid-20s. This makes air-conditioning very desirable!
The highest monthly rainfall ever recorded in Malta during summer is 390.3mm, which was recorded in September 2003 – that’s 326.3mm more than the average rainfall. The highest amount of rainfall ever experienced in a single day during summer in Malta is 226.3mm, which was registered in September 2003.
From May to August rainfall is virtually non-existent. In fact, in July average rainfall is negligible, while it is less than 10mm per month in May, June and August. September, although still receiving high summer temperatures, sees more rainfall as thunderstorms begin to arrive toward the end of the month.
Like September, October also receives around 70mm of rainfall on average. Again most of this falls as heavy rain during occasional thunderstorms, meaning that these months still see a significant amount of sunshine. November to January is the wettest period of the year – November is the wettest month on average, with 116mm of rain. However the month still receives an average of seven sunshine hours per day since rainfall mainly falls heavily for short periods.
The highest monthly rainfall ever recorded in Malta between October and February is 383.4mm, which was registered in November 1999 – that’s 302.4mm higher than the average! Not only was this the highest monthly rainfall for the autumn/winter season in Malta, it is also the highest monthly rainfall ever recorded on the island. The highest amount of rainfall ever experienced in a single day during this period in Malta is 193.1mm, which was registered in November 1988. As you can see, the autumn/winter season in Malta is always the wettest time of the year.
Autumn temperatures are very pleasant. The hot summer weather begins to cool from late September onwards. October sees daytime highs in the mid 20s and November days can still be t-shirt wearing weather with temperatures in the low 20s. The nights begin to cool off too, making autumn a very pleasant time to visit the island if you don’t mind the occasional rainfall.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Malta in October and November is 33.9°C, which was registered in October 2013 – that’s 12.9°C higher than the average temperature. On the other end of the scale, the lowest temperature ever recorded in Malta between October and November is 5.7°C, which was registered in November 1995 – that’s 11.3°C lower than the average.
Winter is mild making the island a popular destination to escape the cold weather in northern Europe. December days are often in the high teens, while January and February are only a little cooler. Temperatures rarely fall into single figures, and winter days see a good amount of sunshine – five to six hours per day on average. It is, however, not uncommon to get two or three days of stormy and very windy weather during winter and the winds can often be gale force.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Malta between December and February is 24.9°C, which was registered in December 1987 – that’s 10.9°C higher than the average. The lowest temperature ever recorded in Malta at this time of year is 2.6°C, which was registered in February 1999. Not only is this the coldest temperature recorded in Malta in winter, but it’s also the coldest temperature ever recorded on the island.
Spring sees perhaps the best weather of the year, with low rainfall and comfortable temperatures. Daytime highs are around 20°C from March, rising up to the mid 20s by May. Evenings are still cool in March, but by May they are warm. There is low rainfall in spring – 37mm average in March, dropping to 27mm in April then as low as 10mm in May.
Between March and May, the highest temperature ever recorded in Malta is 37.3°C, which was recorded in May 2006 – that’s 17.3°C higher than the average. On the other end of the scale, the lowest temperature ever recorded during this period is 4.8°C, which was registered in March 1993 – that’s 9.2°C lower than the average.
During this spring season, the highest monthly rainfall ever recorded in Malta is 125mm, which was registered in March 1995 – that’s 82mm higher than the average.
Sea temperatures make swimming pleasant from June right through to November. In these months the average temperature is 21°C, while it rises up to 26°C in late summer. The sea is at its coolest in winter at 15°C.
Like anywhere, Malta can experience out of the ordinary weather. Hail storms can be experienced on the island, and even the very occasional ground frost. In January 2006, Malta was subject to 11 days with hail, making it the highest number of hail days on the island since 1985. In January 2006 and November 2013, Malta saw thunderstorms occurring across 16 days – that’s the highest number of thunderstorms ever recorded in Malta during one single month.
Whilst snow in Malta is extremely rare, it has been recorded on several occasions, the most recent of which was January 31st in 1962.
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