Weather Averages for Malta in November
Averages for Malta in November
November is usually one of the wettest months of the year in Malta, although there can be significant variation between one November and the next, depending on how frequent and how far south the low pressure systems are.
At this time of the year, the average temperature starts off at 19°C in the first few months and gradually drops down to 15.5°C in the final few days. Daily highs decrease from 22°C down to 18°C and daily lows fall from 16°C to 13°C as the month develops.
Since 1987, the highest maximum temperature which has ever been recorded in Malta in November is 28.9°C, which was registered in 1990. On the other hand, the lowest minimum temperature ever recorded on the island during November is 5.7°C, which was registered in 1995.
Temperatures in excess of 25°C are occasionally recorded when a burst of southerly winds brings hot air up from northern Africa, but temperatures in excess of 30°C do not occur in November.
The average sea temperature for Malta in November is 22°C. We all feel sea temperature differently, so whilst some people might find this the ideal temperature to enjoy a dip during their holiday, other people might find it a bit too cold.
Throughout the month, Malta receives an average of 81mm of rainfall spread across 15 rainy days. With precipitation falling on around ½ of the month, it’s almost certain that you’ll experience a shower or two during your holiday. It’s always best to be safe than sorry, so make sure you bring an umbrella or some water-proof clothing with you. The most common type of rainfall you can expect for Malta in November is moderate rain, followed by thunderstorms and light rain.
The probability of rain falling on an average day in Malta in November rises as the month develops. Precipitation is least like to occur around November 1st, when it falls on 49% of days, whilst rainfall is most likely to occur on November 30th, when it falls on 56% of days.
In spite of the high amount of rainfall Malta experiences in November, most rainfalls are usually rather heavy and over with a lot faster than in most countries in the rest of central and northern Europe.
Since 1985, the highest monthly rainfall which has ever been recorded in Malta in November is 383.4mm, which was registered in 1999. In 1988, Malta was subject to 22 rainy days in one month, making it the wettest November in more than two decades. The highest amount of precipitation ever to fall in Malta during November within 24 hours is 193.1mm, which was registered in 1988.
In November, Malta enjoys an average of eight hours of sunshine each day, a figure which is much higher than many other places in northern and central Europe. Throughout the month, the length of the day is steadily decreasing. The shortest day of the month is November 29th, with nine hours and 56 minutes of daylight, whereas the longest day of the month is November 1st with ten hours and 41 minutes of daylight.
Malta stays relatively humid all-year-round, thanks to the surrounding sea. During November, the average daily relative humidity for the island is around 75%, which is quite high for this time of year. This statistic is made up of lows of 60% (mildly humid) and highs of 94% (very humid). The air is usually at its driest around November 16th, when the relative humidity drops below 66% three days out of four. On the other hand, the air tends to be at its most humid around November 1st, when it rises above 90% three days out of every four.
The average cloud coverage on any given day in Malta in November gradually increases as the month progresses. Cloud coverage starts off at 44% on November 1st and slowly rises until it reaches 49% by November 30th.
Throughout an average November in Malta, typical wind speeds fluctuate between 1 m/s to 7 m/s – light air to moderate breeze. During this month, wind speeds very rarely exceed 12 m/s – strong breeze. The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s tends to occur around November 26th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually happens around November 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. Since 1996, the highest wind gust ever recorded in Malta in November is 39 knots which was recorded in 2003.
Dates for the diary
November is a fairly quiet time for Malta, when there aren’t many events or festivals to attend. November 11th marks St Martin’s Festa, which is one of the island’s most traditional festivals. This event is celebrated in Baħrija and is a great opportunity to try out the local cuisine, with stalls laden with fruits, nuts and other local treats.
Between November 14th and December 23rd in 2014, the First Time Exhibitors Exhibition is held in Valletta. This art exhibition is intended to give first time exhibitors the chance to show off their work at the Malta Society of Arts.
On November 14th in 2014, the Majjistral Park hosts the Duathlon. This National Championship is made up of various races, including a 5km run and a 20km cycle race, followed by a final 5km run. You can sign up for the Duathlon if you’re feeling up for the challenge, or if you prefer to relax on your holiday, you can take it easy and watch from the sidelines.
St.Martin's Festa, Malta.
Things to do
There are loads of interesting historical sites in Malta that are worth a visit. St. John’s Co-Cathedral at St. John Street, Valletta boasts spectacular architecture inside the main area of worship. This church is open from 9:30am to 4:30pm on Mondays to Fridays and 9:30am to 12:30pm on Saturdays. The church has a number of tapestries to admire and there is a book shop that also sells souvenirs. Photography is permitted, provided that no flash is used. The Oratory is recommended for a visit, which includes two works by the artist Caravaggio.
Mdina Old City boasts spectacular views over the surrounding area, as well as a wide variety of old, attractive buildings and souvenir shops. There is a cathedral inside the main square and the Mdina Dungeons and the National History Museum of Malta are also located inside the city. To get the most out of visiting Mdina Old City, a guided tour is recommended. The Mdina Experience – an audio-visual show – is also worthy of note for those who want to learn more about the history of the place.
The Point at Tigne Point, Sliema is a popular shopping centre which houses a wide variety of shopping stores. This centre also arranges special party events which are particularly tailored towards children. In addition to the shops and party venue, the Point also features restaurants, some of which boast views over the sea front. The building has three floors and has approximately 1,000 car parking spaces.
St.Johns Cathedral, Malta.
Where to eat and drink
Malta has many excellent restaurants, and regardless of your tastes, chances are you and your group will be catered for. The Arches, at George Borg Olivier Street, Mellieha, is a good option for French, Mediterranean and international dishes. This restaurant is also widely renowned for serving excellent wines.
Fans of seafood can consider Wigi’s Kitchen, situated at Main Street, Saint Julian's, which also serves international and Italian dishes alongside various seafood.
Trabaxu, located at 1 Triq id-Dejqa/Strait Street, Valletta, is a high quality wine bar which also serves Mediterranean snack food. Entertainment comes in the form of jazz and blues background music, making it a top spot for music lovers in the mood for some quality food and excellent wines.
A popular nightclub is the Footloose Fun Bar, at St. George's Road, Paceville, Saint Julian's. This club is made up of a bar, chill-out zone and dance floor, making it a great choice whatever you’re in the mood for.
Hit the beach
November is not one of the best times of the year to hit the beach, since the weather is often cool and wet. If you do get a dry and sunny day during your holiday, there is a handful of beaches you can choose form.
The beach at the Blue Lagoon is a great place to spend the day. If the sun isn’t out, you can have hours of fun exploring the various caves, coves and cliffs the beach is known for.
The fairly secluded Ramla Bay on the island of Gozo is another top place to soak up some rays if the sun is out. This beach is lined by numerous snack bars, providing you with plenty of choice when it comes to lunchtime.
Views of Gozo, Malta.
Where to stay
Malta’s accommodation options are numerous and there are many good hotels to choose from. The Westin Draganora Resort at 5 Dragonara Rd, Saint Julian's boasts piano music in the bar on evenings, top quality breakfast buffets and a luxury spa, making it a great choice for anyone who wants a relaxing bread.
The Duncan Guest House at Xatt is Sajjieda, Marsaxlokk overlooks the fishing harbour at Marsaxlokk and features a superb value-for-money restaurant onsite which serves delicious dishes.
The Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay is situated on a peninsula close to Paceville and Silema making it ideally situated for access to various attractions and landmarks in the area.
Those on a tight budget can consider the Solana Hotel at Gorg Borg Olivier St, Mellieha.
There are plenty of self-catering options in Malta, too, including The Encarto Holiday Apartments.
Malta hotel complex.