Weather Averages for Malta in July
Averages for Malta in July
July and August are the two hottest months of the year in Malta, although July tends to be the driest and the sunniest of the two. At this time of the year, the average temperature for the island rises from 25°C at the start of the month, all the way up to 27°C in the final few days. Daily highs increase in the same fashion, rising from 30°C to 31°C, whilst daily lows also rise from 21°C to 23°C throughout the month.
Since 1987, the highest maximum temperature which has ever been recorded in Malta in July is 43.1°C, which was registered in 1988. Not only is this temperature the hottest recorded in July, but it’s also the hottest temperature ever recorded in Malta since 1987. On the other hand, the lowest minimum temperature ever to be recorded on the island during this month is 17.4°C, which was registered in 1992.
The average sea temperature for Malta in July is 26°C, which almost everyone will find perfect for swimming, scuba diving and snorkelling. The high numbers of sunbathers and swimmers you’ll see on the beaches during your holiday in Malta is testament to this.
At this time of year, Malta receives an average of 0mm of rainfall, with days and weeks passing by without a single drop of rain falling. Despite the extremely low average rainfall, Malta does receive some form of precipitation on around one day each July. If you are unlucky enough to experience some rainfall during your holiday, it will most probably be moderate rain, thunderstorms or light rain.
The possibility of rainfall occurring on any given day in Malta in July decreases then rises as the month develops. Precipitation is most likely to occur on July 1st, when it happens on 8% of days. On the other hand, rainfall is least likely to happen on July 21st, when it only occurs on 6% of days.
Since 1985, the highest monthly rainfall ever to occur in Malta in July is 2mm, all of which fell on a single day. This figure was registered in 1990 and is testament to how uncommon rain is at this time of year. The highest number of rainy days ever observed in July in Malta is only one, which has been recorded several times, including in: 1986-1990, 1992, 1996 and 2011.
Malta enjoys around 14 hours of sunshine each day in July, making it the sunniest month of the year, on average. Across the month, the length of the day is gradually decreasing. The shortest day of the month is July 31st, with 13 hours and 58 minutes of daylight, whereas the longest day of the month is July 1st with 14 hours and 32 minutes of daylight.
In spite of the intense heat and high amount of sunshine, Malta stays very humid during July, thanks to the surrounding sea. During this month, the average daily relative humidity for the island is 64%, which is quite high for summer. This statistic is made up of lows of 42% (comfortable) and highs of 92% (very humid). The air is usually at its driest around July 24th, when the relative humidity drops to below 51% three days out of every four. On the other hand, the air tends to be at its most humid around July 29th, when the relative humidity rises above 88% three days out of every four.
The average cloud coverage on any given day in July in Malta decreases from 12% on July 1st, down to 8% by July 21st and back up to 9% by July 31st.
Over the course of a typical July in Malta, wind speeds usually fluctuate between 0 m/s and 6 m/s – calm to moderate breeze. Throughout this month, wind speeds almost never rise above 10 m/s – fresh breeze. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually occurs on July 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. The lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s tends to happen around July 29th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 5 m/s. Since 1997, the highest wind gust ever recorded in Malta in July is 32 knots, which was registered in 2011.
Things to do
Marsovin at Wills Street, Marsa is the primary producer of premium Maltese wine and has a reputation for producing very high-quality wines. This is partly because of the Maltese climate but also partly because of the strict standards that are applied to the wine-making processes. Here you can find out about the process of making the wines, including how grapes are chosen and picked. You can also learn about wine packing and explore the main cave where the wines are processed. You’ll even have the chance to try out some of the wines and buy a few of your favourites. There are several 2-hour tours offered throughout the day, giving you the opportunity to see the 400-year-old cellars and sample five different types of wine.
The Royal Malta Yacht Club situated on the Ta' Xbiex Seafront organises frequent yacht races, as well as numerous non-competitive cruises. The main club house includes a dining area, lounge bar, fitness room and changing rooms.
If you’d prefer a relaxing sailing trip, consider Sail Gozo, situated at Mgarr Marina, Mgarr, Island of Gozo. This sailing group offers trips around the beaches of Comino and Gozo onboard a luxury Beneteau 473 yacht. Food, drink and snorkelling equipment are provided as part of the trip.
Luxury Beneteau yacht sailing Gozo.
Where to eat and drink
Malta has many top quality restaurants to suit each and every palate. Ta’ Duminka at Main Street 150, Mosta serves mainly Mediterranean cuisine. If you’re not sure what to order, check out the various rabbit dishes – they come very highly recommended.
A restaurant for British-style pub food, including fantastic pizzas, is the Little Waster Bar at Triq it, Qawra.
The Coach and Horses at Valley Road, Msida, is one of the best places to go for live music, with regular evening performances by local DJs.
You can enjoy a fantastic range of snacks and bar meals at Balluta Bar at 186 Manwel Dimech Street, Sliema. As well as the food, this bar also offers visitors free WiFi access and broadcasts most major sporting events.
Wine and Mediterranean Food, Malta.
Hit the beach
July is the most popular time of year to hit the beach Malta, and consequently, they can become quite crowded. One of the most popular beaches is the Golden Sands beach which is situated 4km from the St Paul’s Bay area. You can get to this beach via a 15-minute bus ride from St Paul’s Bay. It’s ideal for sunbathing and swimming.
Armier Bay and Little Armier features good beaches for sunbathing and also swimming in the nearby seas, and some casual eating facilities. These bays are popular for picnics and barbeques, especially at this time of year.
Where to stay
Malta boasts a wide range of attractive accommodation options. One good, if expensive, option is the Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay, which is situated on a peninsula close to Paceville and Silema, making it ideally-placed for access to nearby attractions.
The Palace at the High Street, Sliema, offers good 5-star accommodation and is perfect for a romantic retreat.
The Chapel 5 Palazzo Suites B&B at 5 Saint Lucy Street, Naxxar is a highly-rated 4-star boutique B&B, far away from the hustle-bustle of the main resorts.
For those on a limited budget, Villa del Porto at Marina Street 1, Kalkara is a great budget B&B.
For those who prefer self-catering accommodation, Old Theatre Lane at Valletta offers stunning sea views and a range of good onsite facilities.
Hotel pool 4-star accommodation.
July events in Malta
Maltese Summer Folklore Nights
31st July 2015
Maltese Summer Folklore Nights take place every Friday at the Limestone Heritage Park & Gardens between May and October in Malta. These nights allow you to experience the traditional way of Maltese life with a local buffet dinner, free-flowing wine, folk performances, singing, mandolin music and dancing.
Malta Arts Festival
14th July 2015 to 2nd August 2015
The Malta Arts Festival takes place over the course of two weeks every summer throughout various towns and villages in Malta. This festival features a collection of contemporary and classic arts, theatre performances, music concerts, dancing and poetry recitals. Some of the venues include Aula Magna at the Valletta Campus in the University of Malta in Valletta, the Music Room at St James Cavalier in Valletta, Couvre Porte in Birgu, Argotti Gardens in Floriana, Auberge de Castille Courtyard in Valletta and Grand Harbour Marina in Birgu.
Violin and Friends International Music Festival and Competit
17th July 2015 to 31st July 2015
The festival aspect of the Violin and Friends International Music Festival and Competition features various classes available for singing, piano, violin, guitar, chamber music, flute, orchestral instruments, saxophone, composing and cello. The competition aspect of the event is open to people of all nationalities and is categorised into the following age brackets - 7-12, 13-17, 14-33, 18-33 and up to 40. In addition to the classes and competitions, the Violin and Friends International Music Festival and Competition also features several music concerts held throughout the event. The performances and workshops are held in various locations throughout the city, including in the Manoel Theatre, St Augustine parish church, St.Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral and Palazzo de La Salle.
Farsons Great Beer Festival
27th July 2015 to 5th August 2015
The Farsons Great Beer Festival takes place each summer in Ta' Qali National Park in Ta'Qali. This gastronomic festival gives visitors the chance to try all sorts of beers and foods from around the island and further afield. In addition to the culinary aspect, this beer festival also boasts musical performances, circus acts, live DJs, tribute acts and other forms of live entertainment.