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.
Dates for the diary
On July 4th in 2014, Xagħjra hosts the Off-Road Triathlon. This sports event is sponsored by the Malta Triathlon Federation and features a 350m swimming race, followed by a 10km cycling race and a 2.5km run. If you’re feeling energetic, you can sign up for the triathlon yourself or if you’re not up for the challenge, you can take it easy and watch the competition from the sidelines.
On July 8th in 2014, the AquaBio Tech Group hosts A Hands on Introduction to Marine Biology. This three-day educational course includes lectures on the formation of the Mediterranean Sea, marine species, their habitats and marine ecology. In addition to the educational lectures, participants will also be given the chance to have a go at scuba diving and snorkelling.
Between July 15th and July 29th in 2014, the Kinemastik Children's Film Festival takes place throughout Malta. This child-friendly film festival focuses on movies enjoyed by children aged between three and 18. In addition to the film showings, educational workshops are also available for children aged between six and 16.
Between July 17th and July 27th, the Malta International Music Master Classes are held at St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral. This music festival is a great opportunity to improve your musical skills by taking part in the various classes on offer, including ones for piano, violin, saxophone, cello, double bass and guitar playing. As well as the music lessons, various student concerts are also held throughout the event.
This is followed by another musical event between July 27th and July 31st in 2014. The Malta International Music Competition takes place at the Manoel Theatre and is open for all young musicians to compete. A must-visit for music lovers, this competition aims to encourage young musicians to perform and compete with more confidence.
Between July 27th and August 5th, the Farsons Great Beer Festival takes place at 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 and other forms of live entertainment.
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.