Weather Averages for Malta in April
Averages for Malta in April
Temperatures start to rise significantly in Malta in April, although the rate of warming is limited by the moderation from the surrounding seas, which are only just recovering from their coolest temperature values. At this time of the year, the average temperature for the island rises from 15°C at the start of the month, up to 17°C by the end of the month. Daily highs increase from 18°C to 20°C and daily lows rise from 12°C to 14°C as the month progresses.
Since 1987, the highest maximum temperature which has ever been recorded in Malta in April is 31.7°C, which was registered in 2008. The lowest minimum temperature ever to be recorded on the island during this month is 6.5°C, which was registered in 1997.
The average sea temperature for Malta in April is 17°C, which is a bit too cold for swimming. If you really must go for a dip during your holiday, there are plenty of heated and indoor swimming pools to choose from.
Throughout April, Malta receives an average of 24mm of rainfall which is spread out over ten days. With rainfall occurring on 1/3 of the month, there is a very good chance you’ll experience a shower or two during your holiday, so make sure you pack an umbrella or some waterproof clothing. In April, the most common type of precipitation you can expect is moderate rain, followed by light rain and then thunderstorms.
The likelihood of rainfall occurring at any point on the island during April falls as the month develops. Precipitation is at its most probable on April 1st, when it occurs in 37% of days. On the other hand, rainfall is least likely to happen on April 30th, when it only occurs in 28% of days. Whilst dry spells are frequent throughout April, on the occasions when it does rain, the rainfall is normally heavy and short-lived.
Since 1985, the highest monthly rainfall ever to occur in Malta in April is 163.1mm, which was recorded in 1994. Six years earlier in 1990, Malta received 12 rainy days in one month, making it the wettest April in over two decades. The highest amount of precipitation ever to fall within 24 hours in Malta during this month is 131.5mm, which was registered in April 1994.
Malta enjoys an average of 11 hours of sunshine each day in April. Over the course of the month, the length of the day gradually increases. Between April 1st and April 30th, the day lengthens by one hour and two minutes. The shortest day of the month is April 1st, with 12 hours and 36 minutes of daylight and the longest day of the month is April 30th, with 13 hours and 38 minutes of daylight.
Due to the surrounding ocean, the average daily relative humidity for Malta in April is quite high at 74%. This average is made up of lows of 53% (mildly humid) and highs of 95% (very humid).
The average cloud coverage on any day in Malta in April ranges from 46% at the start of the month down to 39% by the end of the month. If you want to avoid clouds spoiling your holiday at all costs, make sure you book your trip for the end of the month.
Throughout an average April in Malta, typical wind speeds usually vary from 1 m/s to 8 m/s – light air to moderate breeze. Wind speeds almost never exceed 12 m/s – strong breeze. The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) usually happens around April 12th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 8 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 5 m/s tends to occur around April 30thm when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s. Since 1997, the highest wind gust ever recorded in Malta in April is 39 knots which occurred in 2000 and 2012.
The hot, dry and dusty sirocco wind from northern Africa blows over occasionally during the spring months. This unpleasant weather condition is associated with depressions moving eastwards across the Mediterranean Sea, which makes for a general discomfort for everyone on the island.
Dates for the diary
On April 6th in 2014, Mgarr celebrates the Festa Frawli. This festival is held each year in honour of the local strawberry crop, with loads of freshly-picked strawberries on sale at the parish square. Throughout the day, farmers travel between the strawberry fields and the parish to ensure visitors have plenty of strawberries to choose from. In addition to plain strawberries, many farmers also sell desserts, snacks and drinks made with the popular fruit. Some other activities you can expect from this festival include strawberry competitions, live music and dancing.
As well as Festa Frawli, the In Guardia Parade also takes place in April 6th in 2014. This historical re-enactment is held at St John’s Cavalier Fort and is performed by 45 soldiers who act out the regular inspection of the fort. The In Guardia Parade is perfect for families and couples who want a cultural experience during their holiday in Malta.
Between April 14th and April 20th in 2014, Malta celebrates Holy Week. This religious event is honoured with religious processions, special services and the decoration of churches, making it another culture-packed event.
The Malta Fireworks Festival takes place between April 25th and April 30th in 2014. This five-day event originates back to the time of the Order of the Knights of St John and is fun for the whole family. In addition to the several firework displays, this event also features gun salutes and musket firing, providing something for everyone to enjoy.
On April 26th 2014, Nadur hosts the Eco Gozo 55k Trail. This sporty event is divided into two races: one for cyclists only and one for runners as well as cyclists. As the name suggests, the main trail covers 55km and features four checkpoints. A great way to experience everything the Mediterranean has to offer in one run, the Eco Gozo 55k Trail is only recommended for experienced runners, due to its high difficulty.
Another sporty event takes place on April 27th– the 2014 Gozo Half Marathon. This event starts off in Xagħra and is made up of several different races: 13.1 miles, 8 miles, 13.1 miles MTB, 4km and 2km. For those who aren’t overly competitive, there is also a 2km fun run to take part in.
Between April 27th and May 5th 2014, Malta celebrates the Malta International Music Festival and Competition. The competition aspect of the event sees the winners take home superb cash prizes. If you’re not quite up to standard and would like to improve your talents and abilities, you can sign up for various classes available during the event, including classes in: signing, piano, violin, saxophone and cello. Alternatively, you can just sit back and enjoy the musical performances.
Festa Frawli, celebrating local Strawberry crops in Malta.
Things to do
April is a great time of year to indulge in some sightseeing around Malta’s many outdoor gardens. The Barrakka Gardens at Battery Street, Valletta offer loads of displays of flowers and some fantastic views over the Grand Harbour. There are also numerous statues and monuments to admire, too.
Another popular landmark is the Blue Grotto at Coast Rd, Zurrieq. This attraction features spectacular cliffs and an array of wildlife. If seas are sufficiently calm, regular boat rides are offered between 9am and 4pm in April.
The San Anton Gardens at Attard offer a range of trees and flowers to admire, including acaranda trees, Norfolk Pines, Bougainvillea and roses. These plants are displayed in a tranquil garden environment (despite the gardens being situated in a busy area).
Palazzo Parisio & Gardens at Victory Square, Naxxar is an impressive palace with Baroque-themed gardens outside. Here you’ll also find various in-house eateries that serve a delicious treats, as well as beautiful Baroque-themed architecture throughout.
For those in search of adventure, the MC Adventure is a must-visit. Here you can try your hand at rock climbing, off-road biking, hiking and kayaking. The kayaking trips include visits to the island of Comino, which features various bridges and caves that the tours pass through. There are trips to the St. Paul’s islands, too, which involve going past some fish farms and Selmun Bay. Hiking and off-road biking trips are also offered, although the organisation’s primary focus is rock climbing. Rock climbing activities on offer involve sport and traditional climbing, sea level traversing, deep water soloing and bouldering. The rock climbs are varied and cater for novices as well as experienced rock climbers.
The San Anton Gardens, Malta.
Where to eat and drink
Malta boasts a large number of excellent places to eat and drink. Piadina Caffe at Triq Santa Lucija, Valletta has a pleasant outdoor eating area and serves superb Italian cuisine.
For those after a more British experience, the Cafe Jubilee Valletta at 125 St Lucia Street, Valletta is a top pick. Here you’ll find a range of restaurant and pub food, with British and international menu options.
Simon’s - The Elvis Tribute Bar at Tourist Street, Qawra offers regular musical performances almost every evening. The bar features a special “Elvis Tenderly” night every Monday and Friday and also features a big screen that broadcasts major sporting events.
As part of a ten pin bowling trip, you can enjoy an amazing disco night at the Eden Superbowl at Saint Julian's.
Hit the beach
April is a good time of year to hit the beach in Malta, for the weather is generally reliable and not too hot. During this month, tourist volumes tend to be relatively low, although the surrounding seas are still a little cool for swimming in. Hola Beach, at Marfa, is a quiet beach with a good view of Gozo and Comino. Here you’ll find palm trees, sun loungers with mattresses and pillows and an onsite bar.
Those after a secluded spot can consider Ramla Bay on the island of Gozo, which contains a number of snack bars and is ideal for a bit of relaxation.
Where to stay
Malta has numerous accommodation options, so many so that most visitors will find themselves spoilt for choice. For those with large budgets, a top beach hotel is the 5-star Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands at Golden Bay, Mellieha.
The Palace at High Street, Sliema provides 5-star accommodation and great breakfasts. Here you’ll also find spa facilities, perfect for those who want to pamper themselves whilst on holiday.
Selmunett at San Pawl Tat Targa, Naxxar provides luxury B&B accommodation and also offers top tip for anyone looking for superb restaurants in the area.
There are plenty of self-catering options available in Malta, too. Templar House at the edge of Vittoriosa is a luxury self-catering resort, set inside a large Maltese stone house.
Hotel choices in Malta.