Averages for Malta in May
What's the Weather Like in 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 an...
Daily averages for Malta
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What's the Weather Like in 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.
Average Sea Temperature
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, it's unlikely that your holiday will be dampened by any downpours. 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.
Average Sunshine Hours
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.
Malta Hotels in May
Malta's economy thrives on tourism, so the accommodation options are varied and generous, despite the island's small size. Located in San Anton, the Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa should be the first choice for visitors who aren't looking to spare any expenses during their holiday. This luxury hotel boasts its very own spa and fitness centre, along with a range of onsite restaurants.
For family stays, the Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa in Mellieha is an obvious choice. This friendly and efficient hotel comes with a range of facilities designed to make your stay as easy as possible. There's also a bespoke spa to retreat to if you're looking for a bit of rest and relaxation.
Those in search of a welcoming B&B should check out The Splendid Guest House in Mellieha. Perfectly placed for the resort's shopping, bars and restaurants, this makes an excellent place to unwind and relax; guests enjoy catching the sun's rays from the secluded rooftop terrace, which offers great views over Comino and Gozo.
Another bed and breakfast that's really worth a look is the Gozo Spirit B&B in Nadur. This rustic homestay oozes with character and combines modern touches with historic accommodation. A self-sufficient property, you'll have everything you could need at this place, although local amenities are only a short walk or drive away too.
If your budget is limited, then consider 115 The Strand in Sliema. Comprising a number of suites, you'll find light and airy rooms in a variety of dimensions which make the hotel ideally suited to both family stays and romantic getaways. Sample the menu at their restaurant or relax in the rooftop jacuzzi and swimming pool.
Malta Beach for May
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.
Bars and Restaurants
There's a plethora of bars, restaurants and cafes in Malta, which will cater to all but the fussiest of eaters. Whatever you're in the mood for, the local dining scene has you covered.
Visitors looking to sample a taste of the local cuisine in a traditional setting should head to Tal-Ingliz. Located in Mgarr, it's a bit off the beaten track, but that doesn't discourage local diners, and nor should it discourage you. The dishes here are delicious and they represent classic Maltese fare in its finest form.
For an Eastern dining experience, try the Flora Asian Fusion Restaurant, based in Bugibba. This pleasing eatery brings together the flavours of China, South East Asia and Japan, and you'll find a number of favourites on the menu. The authentic sushi here comes highly recommended.
Munchies in Mellieha Bay is the place to go if you're looking for a wide range of tasty and appetising dishes. The restaurant also occupies a prime spot on the beachfront and its terrace makes a wonderful place to dine of an afternoon or evening. From seafood, salads and steaks, to a wide range of Italian-themed dishes, there is something for everyone here.
Within the St. James Centre for Creativity, Valletta's contemporary arts centre, you'll find Inspirations!, a great place to stop by for a coffee during the day or a glass of wine in the evening. The terrace overlooks an atmospheric piazza and the bombed-out ruins of the Royal Opera House.
Caffe Cordina is known as one of the island's most iconic cafes and its terrace makes a fabulous place to stop by during warm summer evenings. Sitting in the heart of the pedestrianised centre of Valletta, the cafe serves a range of light bites, meals and fine wines.
Things to do in Malta in May
Wildlife-lovers should head to the Malta Falconry 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 interested in taking up the sport.
The Blue Grotto in Zurrieq is known for its spectacular cliffs and ranks as one of the island's most striking locations. There are regular boat rides provided at this time of the year, giving you the chance to explore this stunning geographical feature in greater detail.
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 at any one time.
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.
For something a bit more low-key, why not spend the day exploring the streets and sights of Valletta? There's lots on offer in the historic Maltese capital, meaning that you're free to go at your own pace and do as little or as much as you like. It's definitely worth visiting one of the town's open air markets, where you can buy just about anything. Remember to take after the locals and haggle for your bargains!
May events in Malta
In Guardia Parade
1st May 2018
The In Guardia Parade takes place on several dates between April and November. This historical re-enactment is held at St John’s Cavalier Fort in Burga, Vittoriosa and is performed by 45-55 uniformed soldiers who act out the authentic inspection of the fort which happened regularly years ago. The performance begins at 11am and lasts 45 minutes.
Maltese Summer Folklore Nights
1st May 2018 to 31st May 2018
Maltese Summer Folklore Nights take place every Friday at the Limestone Heritage Park & Gardens between May and October in Malta. These nights allow you to experience the traditional way of Maltese life with a local buffet dinner, free-flowing wine, folk performances, singing, mandolin music and dancing.
Feast of the Holy Trinity
27th May 2018
Every May, Marsa celebrates the Feast of the Holy Trinity, with solemn activities, such as religious services held in the Marsa Parish Church and Holy Trinity Church and street processions throughout the village.