Weather Averages for Malta in February
Averages for Malta in February
February is usually the second coldest month of the year in Malta, although the weather conditions and temperatures are normally almost identical to those in January. During this month, the average temperature for the island rises from 12°C at the start of the month up to 13°C by the end of the month. Daily highs increase from 15°C to 16°C and daily lows also rise from 9°C to 10°C.
Since 1987, the highest maximum temperature which has ever been recorded in Malta in February is 24.1°C which was registered in 2010. The lowest minimum temperature which has ever been recorded on the island during this month is 2.6°C, which was registered in 1999.
The average sea temperature for Malta in February is 16°C, which is considered to be far too cold for swimming by most people. If you really want to go for a dip during your holiday, you should stick to heated and indoor swimming pools.
In February, Malta receives an average of 62mm of rainfall, divided across 13 days. With rain falling on around ½ of the month, it’s almost certain that you’ll experience at least some type of precipitation during your holiday. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you pack some waterproof clothing or an umbrella. The most likely type of precipitation you’ll get in Malta in February is moderate rain, followed by thunderstorms and then light rain.
The chance of rain occurring at any point during your holiday in Malta in February drops as the month develops. Precipitation is most likely to occur on February 1st, when it falls on 54% of days. On the other hand, precipitation is least likely to happen on February 28th, when it only falls on 46% of days.
Although the rain is quite frequent in Malta in February, the wet spells are usually heavy and over with quite quickly compared to northern and central Europe. On occasion, February can be a very wet month, if low pressure systems track further south than usual. But there is also the odd February which is very dry, thanks to the lows tracking further north than usual.
Since 1985, the highest monthly rainfall ever to occur in Malta in February is 181.3mm, which was recorded in 1996. Fifteen years later in 2011, Malta was subject to 22 rainy days in one month, making it the wettest February in almost three decades. The highest amount of precipitation ever to fall within 24 hours in Malta during this month is 43.7mm, which was recorded in 1987.
Malta enjoys an average of eight hours of sunshine each day in February, a figure which is significantly higher than many other places in northern and central Europe. As February progresses, the length of the day gradually increases. Between February 1st and February 28th, the day lengthens by 58 minutes. The shortest day of the month is February 1st, with ten hours and 25 minutes of daylight and the longest day of the month is February 28th, with 11 hours and 23 minutes of daylight.
The average daily relative humidity for Malta during this month is 76%, which is quite high. This average is made up of highs of 94% (very humid) and lows of 60% (mildly humid). The air is usually at its driest around February 20th, when the relative humidity falls below 67%, whereas the air is normally at its most humid around February 1st, when it rises above 90% three days out of every four.
The average cloud coverage on any given day in Malta in February is 50% - partly cloudy. This figure very gradually drops as the month develops, falling from 51% down to 49%.
During an average February in Malta, typical wind speeds fluctuate between 1 m/s and 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 February 18th, 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 February 28th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 8 m/s. Since 1997, the highest wind gust which has ever been recorded in Malta in February is 39 knots which was registered in 2011 and 2012.
Serious weather hazards rarely occur in Malta, but they’re not completely uncommon. Following rare snowfalls on January 31st in 1962, an air frost was widely reported over inland parts of Malta on February 1st in 1962. On this day, the all-time low temperature record of -1.7°C was registered at Ta' Qali airfield. Wet snow was observed briefly across the island during February 1895 but it didn’t settle.
Dates for the diary
On February 2nd in 2015, Valletta celebrates the Feast of the Shipwreck of St. Paul. This festival is the first feast of the season and is best known for its religious parade in which people hold up St. Paul’s statue. This parade is followed by a fantastic firework display and live music concerts provided by local bands.
Between February 13th and March 17th in 2015, Malta celebrates Carnival. As part of this festival, locals dress up in colourful costumes and ride on bright floats during processions around many of Malta’s major centres, particularly Valletta. There are usually special food events with free flowing wine and beer, as well as second-to-none fireworks displays, musical concerts and theatrical performances. At Paceville, St Julian’s, parties often continue through the night.
Between February 28th and March 4th in 2015, Nadur hosts a spontaneous carnival which mirrors the main carnival held earlier in the month throughout Malta. Many of the events and activities are the same as they are in the main event, just on a smaller scale. If you visit the carnival in Nadur, you can expect to see plenty of locals dressed up, music concerts performed by local bands and lively parties which go on until the early hours.
Carnival float in Malta
Things to do
A top attraction to try out is the Chamber of Mysteries at Valley Road, Qormi, which offers delicious meals and a great entertainment programme on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Monday and Friday nights feature a three-course meal, wine and the Chamber of Mysteries show, which includes an illusion show. Monday evenings also offer musical performances during the meal, in addition to the Chamber of Mysteries show. Wednesday nights are more extravagant, with fiesta decorations in the dining area and an extended musical performance during the main meal. The chamber also offers to pick up visitors from their hotel, so you don’t have to worry about transport.
There are many historic sites of interest on display in Malta. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum at Burial Street, Paola offers insights into how people used to construct spectacular architecture using primitive tools. Here you’ll find many fascinating displays of ancient architecture and it’s advisable to book online well in advance of arrival.
The Magalithic Temples of Malta at Qrendi is another landmark worthy of a visit. This site offers some impressive exhibits dating as far back as 3000 BC.
The Manoel Theatre is the second-oldest theatre in Europe. As well as providing much historical interest, this theatre also contains a courtyard with a cafeteria, a museum, and guided audio tours which are held at 10.15am, 11am, 11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2pm, 3.30pm and 4pm, Mondays to Fridays. There are also apartments within the theatre which are available to rent.
Where to eat & drink
There are plenty of fantastic eateries in Malta. One luxurious option is the expensive, but excellent, Bouquet Garni Restaurant in Gorg Borg Olivier Street, Mellieha. This restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine, as well as a varied range of seafood.
Those who enjoy Chinese meals can consider dining at Peking in Triq it-turisti, Qawra. This highly-rated Chinese restaurant gives you the the options of eating in or ordering a takeaway and enjoying it in your hotel or apartment.
There are many lively nightclubs in Malta. Footloose Fun Bar in St. George's Road, Paceville, Saint Julian's, has frequent disco nights which feature classic party music which is played well into the early hours.
Hit the beach
Malta is a small island and therefore has a limited number of beaches, but there are some that are worthy of a visit. Unfortunately, February’s cool weather is often not reliable enough for a relaxing beach stay. The Sliema sea front contains some rocky areas that can be used for lying down your towel and sunbathing. If you don’t fancy relaxing, you can take advantage of the numerous boat excursions which depart from here.
St. George’s Bay only offers a small stretch of beach, but its central location makes it ideal for those who want to be just a short walk away from plenty of bars, restaurants, cafes, shops and attractions, such as the Eden Superbowl.
Where to stay
Malta has many excellent accommodation options to choose from. The Hotel Phoenicia at the Mall, Valletta is ideally situated for various attractions in Valletta and boasts a pleasant swimming pool and top quality 5-star accommodation.
A highly recommended bed and breakfast hotel is Villa del Porto at Marina Street 1, Kalkara, which is relatively inexpensive, making it suitable for those on tight budgets.
There are also plenty of self-catering options available in Malta, including the Valletta Apartments 19 on St Paul’s Street.