Weather Averages for Malta in March
Averages for Malta in March
Temperatures usually begin to rise in Malta in March, though the rate of warming in early spring is limited by the moderation from the surrounding seas, which are typically at their coldest in February and March. During this month, the average temperature for the island increases from 13°C in the first few days up to 15°C in the final few days. Daily highs rise from 16°C to 18°C and daily lows also increase from 10°C to 12°C as the month progresses.
Since 1987, the highest maximum temperature ever to be recorded in Malta in March is 33.5°C, which was registered in 2001. The lowest minimum temperature which has ever been recorded on the island during this month is 4.8°C, which was registered in 1993.
The average sea temperature for Malta in March is 16°C, which most people consider to be far too cold to go swimming. If you’re determined to go for a dip during your holiday, you’re best off sticking to indoor and heated swimming pools.
In March, Malta is subject to an average of 33mm of rainfall which occurs on 11 days throughout the month. With precipitation occurring on almost 50% of days, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll experience at least some kind of rainfall during your holiday. It’s better to be safe than sorry, to make sure you pack an umbrella or some waterproof clothing. During March, the most common type of precipitation is moderate rain, followed by thunderstorms and then light rain.
The probability of rainfall occurring at any point in Malta during March falls as the month progresses. Precipitation is most likely on March 1st, when it occurs in 46% of days. On the other hand, precipitation is least likely to occur on March 31st, when it falls on 38% of days.
Deep rain-bearing low pressure systems are less likely to take a southerly track in March than in January and February. Despite this, rainfall amounts can vary considerably from one March to the next, depending on the position of the jet stream and the associated track of low pressure systems.
Since 1985, the highest monthly rainfall ever to happen in Malta in March is 125mm, which was recorded in 1996. Malta received 14 rainy days during that month, making in the wettest March in almost three decades. The highest amount of precipitation ever to fall within 24 hours in Malta during this month is 63.4mm, which was also recorded in March 1996.
Malta enjoys around nine hours of sunshine each day in March, which is much higher than many other places throughout central and northern Europe. Over the course of March, the length of the day is steadily increasing. Between March 1st and March 31st, the day lengthens by one hour and eight minutes. The shortest day of the month is March 1st, with 11 hours and 25 minutes of daylight and the longest day of the month is March 31st, with 12 hours and 34 minutes of daylight.
Thanks to the surrounding sea, the average daily relative humidity for Malta in March is 76% which is quite high. This figure is made up of lows of 56% (mildly humid) and highs of 95% (very humid). The air is at its driest around March 31st, when the relative humidity drops to below 65%, whereas the air is usually at its most humid around March 25th, when the relative humidity rises above 92% three days out of every four.
The average cloud coverage on any given day in Malta in March is 47% - that’s relatively cloudy. This figure very gradually decreases as the month develops, falling from 49% down to 46%.
Over the course of an average March in Malta, typical wind speeds vary from 1 m/s to 8 m/s – light air to moderate breeze. Wind speeds rarely go over 12 m/s – strong breeze. The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) tends to occur around March 31st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 8 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 5 m/s usually happens around March 10th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 8 m/s. Since 1997, the highest wind gust ever recorded in Malta in March is 44 knots, which was registered in 2013.
Weather hazards are rare in Malta during March, although the hot, dry and dusty sirocco wind from northern Africa blows over occasionally, making for rather unpleasant conditions. Snow and frost are almost unheard of at this time of the year, but wet snow was observed in parts of the island in March 1949, although it failed to settle.
Dates for the diary
From the end of November 2013 until March 31st 2014, Malta hosts the Malta Maritime Graffiti. This art exhibit features a vast array of pieces which have been collected from all over the island – from people’s homes to streets and even prisons. This display is a great opportunity to admire an eclectic mixture of modern graffiti art and masterpieces which date back to the 1700s. Best of all, the Malta Maritime Graffiti is completely free to enjoy.
On March 16th in 2014, Vittoriosa hosts Alarme – a military re-enactment which depicts the time Napoleon landed in Malta and the subsequent French conquest in 1798. The re-enactment starts at 11am and lasts for around 45 minutes. Alarme also includes a re-enactment of the time period from the conquest up until 1800, when the French surrendered to the British.
There aren’t many notable festivals and events during a typical March in Malta. On March 19th each year, the Festa of St Joseph is celebrated at Rabat. This festival features numerous band performances, special services held in churches and widespread partying throughout the town.
The Annunciation of Our Lady Festival is held on March 25th each year. This event is a traditional solemn religious festival, with celebrations limited to churches throughout the island.
On March 29th 2014, the Craft Beer Festival is held in Valletta at the Django Jazz Bar. This annual spring beer festival is hosted by the National Brewers Club of Malta and provides you with the perfect opportunity to try loads of free samples of all kinds of beers. In addition to the samples, the Craft Beer Festival also features live music performances and food.
March 31st 2014 marks Freedom Day throughout the whole of Malta. This public holiday commemorates the day the British forces pulled out of Malta in 1979. In celebration of this historically important day, many activities take place in Vittoriosa around the monument which honours Freedom Day.
Things to do
Malta has a lot of traditional sporting entertainment. Visitors to the island can stop by Eden Superbowl at Saint Julian's. Here you’ll find a ten pin bowling alley, made up of 20 alleys and an on-site cinema, making it a great place for couples and families alike to spend a day hours. There are offers where visitors can pay a one-off fee for unlimited bowling games, as well as “disco bowling” after 9pm, which is a combination of dancing and bowling. There are also plenty of TV screens broadcasting sporting events, as well as musical entertainment on some evenings.
March is a great time of year to try out some fun tours of the island. Malta Segway Tours offer tours of Dingli and Valetta on Segways, which are a safe, fast and fun way to explore the island.
Dingli Funtastic is a seaside tour, while Dingli Adventure Tour visits a wide range of attractions around Dingli, including Boschetto Gardens, Palazzo Gingenti, and Magdalena Chapel. There is also a two-hour tour of Valetta, which showcases the island’s museums and historical and architectural sites.
Where to eat and drink
Malta hosts a wide range of excellent restaurants, bars and pubs to eat and drink at. I Cannoli at English Bar at 160 Triq San Xmun, is an Italian restaurant with a Sicilian theme.
For primarily Asian cuisine, consider ZEST at 12 St. George's Road, Saint Julian's, which is known for its great selection of Thai and sushi dishes.
Incognito Nightclub at Fliegu Street, Qawra, serves pub meals and drinks during the daytime. During evenings and nights, the club takes on a different atmosphere and offers various forms of musical entertainment, including karaoke.
Hit the beach
The weather becomes more reliable in Malta as spring gets underway, but in March the weather is still often on the cool side for enjoying a day at the beach. Nonetheless, it is certainly possible to have an enjoyable relaxing time at the beach at this time of year, especially as there are usually relatively few tourists around.
Armier Bay and Little Armier are ideal for those who want to do little more than relax. These beaches are just a short walk away from some cafes, bars and restaurants, providing a handful of choices when it comes to lunch.
Where to stay
There are many accommodation options in Malta, so many so that visitors are spoilt for choice. A luxury option is InterContinental Malta at St George's Bay, Saint Julian's, which has a fitness and wellness centre, as well as excellent 5-star accommodation.
A boutique option is the 4-star Park Lane Aparthotel which is handy for access to various nearby restaurants.
The four-star Solana Hotel at Gorg Borg Olivier St, Mellieha has superb 4-star accommodation and there is also an Italian restaurant onsite.
For those on a small budget, the Luna Holiday Complex at Marfa Road, Mellieha is a great option.
The Encarto Holiday Apartment is ideal for holidaymakers in search of self-catering accommodation. Each apartment can sleep up to six guests and is only a short walk away from the coast.