Averages for Malta in March

What's the Weather Like in Malta in March?

Temperature

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...

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  • Temperature Temperature 14°C 57°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 18°C 64°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 15°C 58°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 7 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 37 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 9 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 16°C 61°F

Daily averages for Malta

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
°C 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 12 13 13 14 13 14 13 15 15 14 15 15 15 15 14 14 15 16 15 16 16
°F 55 55 55 55 55 55 55 54 54 54 54 55 55 57 55 57 55 59 59 57 59 59 59 59 57 57 59 61 59 61 61

What's the Weather Like in Malta in March?

Temperature

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.

Average Sea Temperature

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.

Rain

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.

Average Sunshine Hours

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.

Humidity

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.

Visibility

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%.

Wind

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

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.

Malta Hotels in March

The local economy in Malta is geared towards tourism, so you'll find a variety of accommodation options, all of which offer a high standard of service. Located in St. Julian's you'll find the InterContinental Malta, a high-calibre hotel which offers pristine suites and a bespoke fitness and wellness centre. This hotel also commands striking views over the nearby cliffs and coves of the rocky coastline. 

A versatile option is the 4-star Park Lane Aparthotel, which is conveniently placed in St. Paul's Bay, with great access to nearby restaurants and bars. As its name suggests, visitors have the option between the full accommodation package, or to go self-catering with the benefit of inclusive breakfasts. 

Whether you're planning a family holiday or a romantic getaway, Solana Hotel will cater to your needs. Located in Mellieha Bay, this fine hotel boasts a rooftop pool, indoor spa and play area for younger guests - not to mention its very own Italian restaurant. Guests are able to choose between self-catering and hotel accommodations. 

Round the corner from Solana Hotel you'll find the Luna Holiday Complex. This hotel is cheaper than its counterpart, but still offers a range of amenities, giving you considerable value for money. The rooftop pool area is currently undergoing a refurbishment which will open to guests in 2018. 

The Encarto Holiday Apartment is ideal for holidaymakers in search of straightforward self-catering accommodation. Each apartment can sleep up to six guests and is only a short walk away from the coast.

Malta Beach for March

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, all the more so for the lack of crowds.

Ghadira Bay at Mellieha Bay is the largest beach in the Maltese islands and has facilities for water skiing, parasailing and other activities such as pedalos and banana boat rides.

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.

Bars and Restaurants

Malta has a vast range of eateries and bars to visit. Much of the local dining options are centred around the Mediterranean cuisine of the region, but international options are also available. For home-cooked Sicilian fare, try I Cannoli at English Bar in Bugibba. There's a variety of savoury and sweet treats on the menu, and the seafood options are simply mouth-watering. 

For primarily Asian cuisine, pop over to ZEST in St. Julian's, where East meets West. This modern restaurant pulls together a variety of Eastern cuisine; Thai dishes and sushi are some of the favourites among diners at this eatery. 

Coffee lovers must pay a visit to Caffe Berry, one of the island's finest coffee houses. Situated in Valletta, this friendly establishment brews a variety of coffees along with its own range of artisanal teas. The cakes and pastries on offer are mouth-watering and make an excellent accompaniment to a hot drink of a late morning or afternoon. 

The Ta Fra Ben Reggae Bar in Qawra is a popular beachside bar which serves traditional pub food and drinks. This venue is also a great place to catch some entertainment in the form of live music, which is performed here regularly throughout the week. 

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.

Things to do in Malta in March

Malta has a lot to offer in the way of 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 to let off some steam. 

March is a great time of year to explore the island using unconventional transport. Malta Segway Tours offer tours of Dingli and Valetta on Segways, which are a safe, fast and fun way to explore the neighbourhoods of Malta. 

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 Valletta, which showcases the island's museums and historical and architectural sites.

On the more traditional side of things, you can explore the Grand Master's Palace in Valletta. This imposing building was constructed in the 16th century and was the seat of the Maltese Parliament until 2015. Nowadays, the residence has opened up to the public; the hallways and various suites won't fail to inspire wonder in visitors. 

Another recently-opened attraction which promises a great family day out is the Malta National Aquarium. This compact sea life centre brings together a wealth of Mediterranean and exotic sea creatures, and boasts an impressive 12-metre tunnel which you can walk through as you admire the marine life swimming above. 

March events in Malta

Festival

Festa of St Joseph

19th March 2018

Each spring, the Feast of St Joseph is celebrated at the Our Lady of Jesus (Ta’ Giezu) Church in Rabat. This festival features numerous local band performances, special masses held in the Our Lady of Jesus church and a procession from Metropolitan Chapter at Mdina to the Our Lady of Jesus church.

Event

Spring Equinox

20th March 2018

Every Spring, Heritage Malta organises guided tours at the Mnajdra Temples in celebration of the Spring Equinox. These tours give visitors the unique opportunity to catch the first rays of sunlight visible on the edge of a megalith located to the right of the central doorway.

History

Freedom Day

31st March 2018

Freedom Day is celebrated every March 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.

Website:

http://www.visitmalta.com/en/event-details/2016-03/freedom-day-6040

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