Weather Averages for Malta in May
Averages for Malta in May
May is the first reliably dry and sunny month of the year in Malta, although it does lack the higher temperatures that come with summer. At this time of year, the average temperature for the island rises from 17.5°C at the start of the month up to 21°C in the final few days. Daily highs increase from 21°C to 25°C and daily lows also rise from 14°C up to 17°C as the month develops.
Since 1987, the highest maximum temperature which has ever been recorded in Malta in May is 37.3°C, which was registered in 2006. On the other hand, the lowest minimum temperature ever recorded on the island during this month is 10.5°C, which was registered in 1992.
The average sea temperature for Malta in May is 19°C, which gradually rises as the month progresses. Most people will find this temperature ideal for enjoying a dip during their holiday, although some people might find it a bit cool for swimming.
In May, Malta receives an average of 6mm of rainfall divided between six rainy days throughout the month. With rainfall occurring on so few days, there is a good chance you won’t get any of the wet stuff at all during your holiday. If you are unlucky enough to experience a shower or two in Malta in May, it will most likely be moderate rain, light rain or thunderstorms.
The likelihood of rainfall occurring at any point in Malta in May drops as the month develops. Precipitation is most likely to happen on May 1st, when it occurs in 28% of days. On the other hand, precipitation is least likely to happen on May 31st, when it only falls on 16% of days.
Since 1985, the highest monthly rainfall ever to occur in Malta in May is 34.3mm, which was registered in 1993. Three years earlier in 1990, Malta received rainfall on seven days throughout the month, making it the wettest May in over two decades. The highest amount of precipitation ever to fall within a 24 hour period in Malta in May is 16.3mm, which was registered in 1993.
Malta enjoys around 12 hours of sunshine each day in May, which is considerably higher than many other parts of central and northern Europe at this time of year. Throughout the month, the length of the day is gradually increasing. Between May 1st and May 31st, the day lengthens by 46 minutes. The shortest day of the month is May 1st, with 13 hours and 40 minutes of daylight and the longest day of the month is May 31st, with 14 hours and 25 minutes of daylight.
Thanks to the surrounding sea, the average daily relative humidity for Malta in May is 70%, which is quite high. This statistic is made up of lows of 47% (comfortable) and highs of 95% (very humid). The air is usually at its driest around May 27th, when the relative humidity drops to below 56%, whereas the air is normally at its most humid around May 1st, when the relative humidity exceeds 93% three days out of every four.
The average cloud coverage for Malta on any given day in May falls from 39% (mostly clear) down to 26% (mostly clear) as the month develops.
Over the course of a typical May in Malta, wind speeds fluctuate between 1 m/s and 7 m/s – light air to moderate breeze. At this time of year, wind speeds almost never exceed 11 m/s – strong breeze. The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) usually happens around May 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s tends to occur around May 27th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s. Since 1997, the highest wind gust ever recorded in Malta in May is 40 knots which was registered in 2013.
The hot, dry and dusty sirocco wind from northern Africa blows over occasionally during the spring months. This unpleasant weather condition is associated with depressions moving eastwards across the Mediterranean Sea, making for a general discomfort for all.
Dates for the diary
May is known in Malta as the main month of the harvest and therefore features a succession of festivals and feasts, mostly with a religious theme. May 1st marks the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, which is celebrated across the island with special feasts at Ħamrun and Birkirkara.
Locals also celebrate Labour Day on May 1st. The festivities and events for the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker overshadow this holiday, which doesn’t have any real activities to speak of.
On May 5th, Floriana celebrates the Feast of St Publius. This religious festival is held in honour of St Publius who was the Bishop of Malta and features various solemn events, including special masses in churches, liturgical celebrations in Floriana Parish and a procession displaying a statue of St Publius.
Between May 19th and May 21st in 2014, Malta hosts the UEFA European Under 17s Championship. During this sporting event, seven qualifying European teams will compete against each other in a bid for the World Cup Championship in the Under 17s age bracket. This competition is sure to be a thrilling event, making it a must-see for football lovers.
On May 15th, Marsa celebrates the Feast of the Holy Trinity. Like most religious festivals in Malta, the Feast of the Holy Trinity is honoured with solemn activities, such as special masses in churches and processions.
Between May 17th and May 24th in 2014, Fort St. Elmo hosts Malta Design Week. This week-long artsy festival gives local designers the opportunity to showcase their talents. As well as being an opportunity for designers, Malta Design Week also gives shoppers the chance to admire the works of budding artists, as well as pick up a few pieces to take back home with you if you spot anything you like.
Feasts galore in May, Malta.
Things to do
Those who enjoy wildlife can consider visiting the Malta Falconry Centre, which is a birds of prey centre where falconers fly various species, giving visitors the opportunity to view them in full flight. At this time of year the Falconry Centre is open from 9am until 3pm and the main display times are 11am and 2pm. This centre also offers courses for those who would like to take up falconry.
The Blue Grotto at Coast Rd, Zurrieq has spectacular cliffs and an array of wildlife. This area offers regular boat rides, providing holidaymakers with a fantastic way to enjoy the scenery.
Gnejna Watersports at Gnejna Bay, Mgarr offers a very wide range of water sports opportunities for everyone to enjoy. It does not offer diver training, but there are guided diving and snorkelling trips offered by boat, as well as a range of adventurous boat trips such as banana boat rides, crazy sofa rides, water skiing opportunities, canoeing and kayaking. In the case of water skiing, Gnejna Watersports also provides lessons for novices. They offer a sea taxi service to Qarraba Bay and to Ta' Ċensa and Fomm ir-riħ Bays and you can also hire self-drive boats that serve up to four passengers.
The main alternative is D1 Watersports at Portomaso Marina, Saint Julian's. This water sport centre offers paragliding and jet skiing, in addition to boat cruises and fishing trips, plus the likes of banana and crazy sofa rides.
Malta Falconry Centre.
Where to eat and drink
There are many great restaurants in Malta which cater for a wide range of tastes. The Venus Restaurant at Pioneer Road, Bugibba is a luxurious restaurant, particularly good for special occasion dining, and serves mainly Mediterranean food.
For a mixed Asian experience you can try The Flora - Asian Fusion Restaurant, which serves a mixture of sushi, Asian, Chinese and Thai food.
Munchies Bar Pizzeria and Grill at Golden Bay Beach serves a variety of food, including pub meals, and is a top location for dining while relaxing at the Golden Bay Beach.
The Chamber of Mysteries at Valley Road, Qormi, offers good meals and musical entertainment on Monday and Wednesday evenings. The Wednesday evening events have the greatest amount of entertainment but are also more expensive.
Luxury Medditerrenian food in Bugibba Restaurant, Malta.
Hit the beach
May is a superb time to try out Malta’s beaches, for the weather is usually dry and sunny but not excessively hot. During this month, the tourist numbers are usually smaller than during the peak months of July and August, too. Qawra Point is a pleasant secluded beach surrounded by greenery and is also offers a variety of water sports.
For those based in the south of Malta, Pretty Bay at Birzeebugia is the only major beach in the area. This bay features a range of facilities along a nearby promenade and gives holidaymakers the opportunity to indulge in a swim and have a go at snorkelling.
Where to stay
Malta’s accommodation options are many and varied. A beach hotel with high-quality, if rather expensive, accommodation is the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, located at De Paule Avenue, San Anton.
For family stays, the Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa at George Borg Olivier Street, Mellieha is a good family-friendly resort with a large and attractive outdoor swimming pool.
The Splendid Guest House at Parish Priest Magri Street, Mellieha offers fantastic B&B accommodation and serves highly-rated breakfasts.
Those on tight budgets are well catered for in Malta. The Porta del Sol at Xemxija Hill, St. Paul's Bay is a guesthouse which offers excellent views over the bay and has some great onsite eateries too.
For fans of self-catering accommodation, one top choice is the Blue Horizon Apartments, located on the main promenade at Bugibba.
Five star accommodation in Malta.