Weather Averages for Malta in June
Averages for Malta in June
June is usually a hot, dry and sunny month in Malta, not quite as hot as July or August, though on occasion when southerly winds bring hot air up from northern Africa, major heatwaves are possible.
The mean maximum temperature at Luqa Airport is 27.5°C and the mean overnight minimum is 18°C, which means that the weather is generally conducive to outdoor activities during the evenings and overnight, as well as getting hot during the day. The record high maximum at Luqa Airport is a sweltering 40.1°C, on the 13th June 1997, although temperatures rarely climb above 35°C. During June 2012, the temperature climbed as high as 36.1°C on the 21st.
The mean monthly precipitation total is only 3mm during June, and many Junes pass by without a drop of measurable precipitation. During an average June, rain will fall only on one day.
Sunshine is abundant during June, with a mean monthly total of 327 hours which equates to just under 11 hours per day. Despite the drought and sunshine, the relative humidity remains fairly high thanks to moisture from the surrounding seas, with a mean of 69%. The sea temperature climbs to approximately 21°C during June, which makes swimming and diving reasonably feasible, though not as comfortably warm as later in the season.
Dates for the diary
The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul is celebrated in Rabat and also serves as a public holiday in Malta. It is a harvest and folk festival which commemorates the two founders of the Christian Church in Malta, and features processions, folk music performances and fireworks. The Isle of MTV is held in late June in Malta and is a major open-air music concert which features a wide range of recognised bands, and is also broadcast on TV in various parts of Europe.
Things to do
June is a good time of year to sample one or more of the three main events held by English Rose Cruises, based at Tunny Net Jetty, Mellieha Bay, Mellieha. Every Wednesday night, the organisation hosts a Comino BBQ Night at Blue Lagoon, where a boat departs from the Tommy Net Jetty at 17:45 and heads for Mgarr Harbour in Gozo, to sample the views of the harbour, and then heads to the Blue Lagoon for the BBQ. Dancing and musical entertainment are also held until 23:15, when the tour returns to the Tommy Net Jetty.
The Valletta Grand Harbour Cruise on Sundays is also worth considering, which starts at 10:45 and cruises past the Islands of St Paul and the Great Harbour, where you can also hear a commentary about the history of various historical sites in and around Malta.
The Comino Day Trip is another popular option with visitors, which features a trip around numerous sites of interest in the Malta area, including the Blue Lagoon and the caves of the Crystal Lagoon, and this trip also features an opportunity for diving, swimming and snorkelling at the Crystal Lagoon where the boat moors for 45 minutes.
June is also a good time of year to try out one of Malta’s animal parks. The LWS Animal Park at Zinzell Street, Marsaskala is particularly suitable for families with young children, as there are many displays of animals which provide scope to pet and feed the animals. There are numerous other on-site facilities provided, including a go-kart track and horse-riding facilities, and play parks and play areas.
Another reasonable option is the Mediterraneo Marine Park, located at White Rocks, Bahar ic-Caghaq, Sliema, which has presentations of dolphins, sea lions and parrots and also a reptile house, and provides opportunities to swim with dolphins.
Where to eat & drink
Malta has a large number of good restaurants, catering for most tastes. Palazzo Preca at Strait Street, Valletta serves Mediterranean and Maltese food, making it a good option for locally-sourced cuisine, and is also good for snacks, for those who would prefer to just pop by for a quick lunch. Oblico Cafe at 142 Triq ix-xatt, Il Gzira, is particularly good for home-made, Mediterranean-themed snack foods, and the home-made cakes are especially popular with customers.
A good beach bar to try is Ray’s Lido, which in addition to a bar, also contains a cafeteria and gelateria, making it a good place to dine as part of a relaxing stay at the Mellieha beach. The Bellini Bar at 3 Paceville Avenue is situated within the main nightlife centre inside Paceville, and it is highly-regarded for its range of spirits and vodkas so it is a good bet for those who fancy a good drink.
Hit the beach
June is quite a good time of year to hit the beach because the weather is reliably dry and sunny, but not as excessively hot as it sometimes gets in July and August, and it is prior to the main influx of tourists. However, being a small island, the choice of good beaches at Malta is relatively small.
Ghadira Bay at Mellieha Bay, the largest beach in the Maltese islands, is close to beach bars and cafes which offer plenty of food, and at this time of year you can expect regular entertainment during evenings and overnight at the nearby bars and restaurants.
A good family-friendly beach is the Paradise Bay in the far north of Malta, close to the Gozo Ferry, which is ideal for swimming and snorkelling in the nearby seas.
Where to stay
Malta is full of attractive accommodation options. A good top-end hotel is the the Westin Draganora Resort at 5 Dragonara Rd, Saint Julian's, which boasts piano music in the bar on evenings, and some good breakfast buffets and a spa. For those after a luxurious stay in a hotel close to major attractions, Hotel Juliani at 25 St Georges Rd, Saint Julian's is situated in a vibrant area of Malta and boasts good views over the harbour. Palazzo Capua at Gorg Borg Olivier Street, Sliema offers good 4-star accommodation and is close to the Silema sea front, and is particularly suitable for romantic retreats.
Those with limited cash can consider the 3-star Sunseeker Holiday Complex at Trejqet il-Kulpara, Bugibba, which offers indoor and outdoor pools, a bar and mini market among other attractions. Self-catering options are also numerous, and include the St. Julians Penthouse.