Weather Averages for Malta in December
Averages for Malta in December
December is, on average, the wettest month of the year in Malta. There can be considerable variation from one December to the next, depending on how frequent and how far south the low pressure systems are- some Decembers are very wet while others can be generally dry. There is a mean monthly precipitation total of 112mm, spread over a mean of 14 days with measurable rainfall, out of a possible 31.
Much of the rain is heavier and shorter-lived than in northern Europe and consequently sunshine totals are still quite high, with a mean monthly sunshine total of 155 hours, which equates to five hours per day.
Decembers are typically mild, though not hot, with a mean daytime maximum temperature of 17°C at Luqa Airport and a mean minimum of 11°C overnight. Frosts are almost unheard of during the month of December and air frosts have not been recorded on the island in December.
Humidity is generally high thanks to the surrounding seas, with a mean relative humidity of 79%, while the mean sea temperature fall to an average of 18°C which is rather cool for swimming and diving in.
Dates for the diary
The festival of the Immaculate Conception is held on the 8th December each year and features various symbols, paintings and statues to commemorate the belief that Mary gave birth to Jesus while remaining a virgin. Christmas Day is celebrated each year in Malta and is traditionally celebrated solemnly, with numerous services in the churches and cathedrals that are found around the island.
Things to do
Malta has quite a few good spa and massaging centres. The Myoken Dolmen Spa, situated at the Dolmen Resort, Qawra, offers a range of body treatments, facials, hand andfFoot treatments, body wraps, and holistic treatments. At the main spa there are over 80 treatments to choose from, and the complex also boats a jacuzzi and sauna, hydrotherapy, Vichy showers, an indoor pool, three outdoor pools, a relaxation area and a fitness centre, so a wide range of activities are available for those seeking to look after their bodies. The company behind the spa, Spas Myoka, also has 5-star spa facilities available at a few other locations around Malta.
Those who would prefer to try a massage can try the Siam Wellness Centre at 16 Paceville Street, Paceville, which offers a range of massages, beauty and waxing treatments, and the Thai Sawdee Spa at Triq Gorg Borg Oliver, Sliema offers massages as well as spa facilities.
There are many good historical sites and monuments in Malta. Domus Romana at Museum Esplanade, Rabat boasts coverage of the life of the site during the past, with exhibits of Muslim tombstones, a draped female statue, a baby rattle, and hairpins, among other attractions. There are many impressive decorative features including some ancient mosaics, one of the most famous being the Peristyle Mosaic.
Where to eat & drink
Malta boasts a wide range of excellent places to eat and drink. The Commando Restaurant, situated at Misrah iz-Zjara tal Papa, Mellieha, serves a wide range of cuisines, with a focus on Italian cuisine although there are also many international options on the menu. For highly-rated grilled food, a good choice is the Chukkas @ Malta Polo Club at Marsa Polo Club, Marsa.
Malta also boasts numerous excellent wine bars. The Del Borgo Wine Bar at Birgu, Vittoriosa, serves very good platters as well as a selection of superb wines. Jazz fans should consider BJ’s at Ball Street, Paceville, Saint Julian's, which features live jazz music after midnight, and Saturdays in particular often feature performances from recognised jazz musicians.
Hit the beach
December is not a good time of year to visit Malta’s beaches due to the unreliable weather, but some of the beaches may be worth visiting just out of interest, or to do water sports. The Sliema sea front contains no sandy beaches, but various boat trips depart from the bay, including Grand Harbour cruises, and there are lots of cruises along the sea front too. Ghadira Bay at Mellieha Bay has numerous good facilities for eating and for water sports, as well as for sunbathing and relaxing if your stay coincides with a fine spell of weather.
Where to stay
Accommodation options in Malta are many and varied. The Seabank All Inclusive Hotel & Spa at Marfa Road, Mellieha Bay, Mellieha contains a range of dining facilities including a Chinese, Brazilian and buffet restaurant, plus some all-inclusive options. A good nearby option for families with young children is the Mellieha Holiday Centre at Mellieha Bay which boasts a children’s play area, a pool, and various other attractions. The Splendid Guest House at Parish Priest Magri Street, Mellieha offers good B&B accommodation and highly-rated breakfasts, and many customers at TripAdvisor have commented that they feel that the guest house lives up to its name.
Good budget options include the Porta del Sol at Xemxija Hill, St. Paul's Bay, a guesthouse which despite its budget prices, offers excellent views over the bay and some good eateries and facilities. There are also many good self-catering options and the Valletta Apartments 19, located on St Paul’s street, are particularly suitable for families.