Weather Averages for Malta in October
Averages for Malta in October
October can be quite a rainy time for Malta, thanks to a general increase in the frequency of southerly tracking rain-bearing low pressure systems from the North Atlantic Ocean. Despite this, there can be considerable variation from one October to 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 23°C and gradually drops down to 19°C by the end of the month. Daily highs follow a similar pattern, falling from 26°C to 22°C and daily lows also decrease, dropping from 19°C to 16°C as the month develops.
Since 1987, the highest maximum temperature ever to be recorded in Malta in October is 33.9°C, which was registered in 2013. On the other hand, the lowest minimum temperature which has ever been recorded on the island during October is 11.3°C, which was registered in 1996.
Temperatures in excess of 30°C are occasionally recorded, when a burst of southerly winds brings hot air up from northern Africa. The hot, dry and dusty sirocco wind occasionally crops up during October.
Across the month, Malta is subject to an average 72mm of rainfall, divided between 11 rainy days. With precipitation falling on over 1/3 of days throughout the month, there is a reasonably good chance you’ll experience a shower or two, so make sure you pack an umbrella or some water-proof clothing. If you do get some of the wet stuff during your holiday in Malta, it will most probably be moderate rain, thunderstorms or light rain.
The likelihood of rainfall occurring on an average day in Malta in October increases as the month progresses. Precipitation is least likely to fall around October 1st, when it occurs on 36% of days, whilst rainfall is most likely to occur around October 31st, when it falls on 48% of days.
Despite the fairly high odds of rainfall, you’ll be pleased to hear that most rainfall spells tend to be heavier and over with much more quickly than in the rest of northern and central Europe.
Since 1985, the highest monthly rainfall which has ever occurred in Malta in October is 240mm, which was registered in 2010. In 1997, Malta was subject to 18 rainy days in October, making it the month with the highest number of rainy days in almost two decades. The highest amount of precipitation to ever fall in October in Malta within a 24-hour period is 112.1mm, which was registered in 2010.
In October, Malta enjoys an average of nine hours of sunshine each day, a figure which is significantly higher than many other places in central and northern Europe. Throughout the month, the length of the day is gradually decreasing, with the day shortening by one hour and five minutes between October 1st and October 31st. The shortest day of the month is October 31st, with ten hours and 44 minutes of daylight, whereas the longest day of the month is October 1st, with 11 hours and 49 minutes of daylight.
Malta remains quite humid throughout the year, thanks to the surrounding sea. During October, the average daily relative humidity for the island is 76%, which is relatively high for this time of year. This figure is made up of lows of 57% (mildly humid) and highs of 94% (very humid). The air tends to be at its driest around October 1st, when the relative humidity drops to below 64% three days out of every four. On the other hand, the air is usually at its most humid around October 23rd, when it rises above 90% three days out of every four.
The average cloud coverage on any given day in Malta in October steadily rises as the month develops. Cloud coverage begins at 34% on October 1st and rises up to 44% by October 31st. Whilst you’ll definitely get some clear days during your holiday in October, this month is known for its lengthy cloudy spells.
Across an average October in Malta, typical wind speeds vary between 0 m/s and 6 m/s – calm to moderate breeze. At this time of year, wind speeds almost never go above 10 m/s – fresh breeze. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually happens around October 29th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s tends to occur around October 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. Since 1996, the highest wind gust ever recorded in Malta in October is 36 knots which was recorded in 2013.
Maltese Festival Masks during Notte Bianca.
Things to do
For those after a tour with a bit of a difference, Excursions Malta provides a magic train ride around Malta, in which visitors will be picked up from their hotels and taken for a ride in a trackless train. The journey takes around 30 minutes and covers approximately 8 kilometres, passing by a number of major historical attractions, including Mdina Main Gate, the catacombs of St. Agatha and St. Paul’s, the Clock Tower, the Old Railway Station and the Greek Gate Tunnel.
St James’ Cavalier Centre for Creativity at Valletta is a base for a range of activities. The premises offer a selection of visual arts exhibitions, often with a musical theme, as well as onsite cinema and theatre, both of which frequently host entertainment, including concert performances. There is also a restaurant and coffee shop onsite. The experience that you get will depend on what exhibits and events are on at the time, so those who are interested in paying a visit should check out what events are scheduled near the time.
Culural Arts Festivals in October, Malta.
Where to eat and drink
Those who like Japanese food are well covered, with the Club Sushi from Tokyo to Seoul at Ball Street, Paceville. This restaurant serves a variety of Japanese food, including sushi, and also has a pleasant outdoor eating area, with the option of ordering a takeaway if desired.
The Penny Black Bar, situated at Gorg Borg Olivier Street, Sliema, serves a good range of British and pub style cuisine.
There are some bars that also broadcast live sporting events, in addition to offering pub grub, such as the Little Waster Bar at Triq it, Qawra.
Club Sushi Japanese cuisine, Malta.
Hit the beach
October is a great time to hit the beach. At this time of year, mild sunny spells are common and tourist numbers are relatively low. The sea temperature is also fairly mild, making swimming, scuba diving and snorkelling an option throughout the whole month.
St. George’s Bay only offers a small stretch of beach, but it’s a great spot for relaxing and, if the weather permits, sunbathing. This beach can easily be access from the nearby resort of Paceville.
The man-made Bugibba Beach is another beach perfect for relaxing and sunbathing. The clean and clear waters which line the beach are also ideal for swimming.
Where to stay
Accommodation options in Malta are many and varied. A good boutique hotel is the 4-star Park Lane Aparthotel, situated at Maskli Street, Qawra. This hotel serves delicious buffet breakfasts and is also handy for various nearby restaurants, for those who would rather dine elsewhere.
Those with a fair amount of cash to spare can consider the 5-star Hotel Phoenicia at The Mall, Valletta, which is well-placed for access to nearby attractions in and around the resort.
Those after self-catering accommodation can consider the Sliema Homestay Malta, which is particularly ideal for those on a tight budget.
October events in Malta
Malta – The Great Story of a Small Island-Nation
1st October 2014 to 31st October 2014
Malta – The Great Story of a Small Island-Nation Through 100 Objects is an exhibition hosted by the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta. This exhibition details Maltese history from its geological formation to modern day with the help of 100 genuine artefacts, covering 35 million years. In addition to the main exhibition, there are also four smaller displays celebrating the EU Accession, Republic Day, Freedom Day and Independence Day.
Malta Maritime Graffiti
1st October 2014 to 31st October 2014
The Malta Maritime Graffiti runs from early summer until autumn in 2015 at the Old Prisons, Citadel, Gozo. This art exhibit features a vast array of pieces dating back to the 1700s which have been collected from all over the island – from people’s homes and boats to streets and even prisons. Entrance to the exhibit is included in the entry price for the Old Prisons.
Maltese Summer Folklore Nights
31st October 2014
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.
8th October 2014
Each October, Valletta celebrates Notte Bianca, an annual cultural event focused on Maltese arts and culture. During Notte Bianca, you’ll find loads of art exhibitions and museum displays held in state palaces, as well as theatrical performances, music concerts and plenty of dancing. Food and drink kiosks stay open especially late for this event, providing you with plenty of opportunities to sample the local cuisine.
Mdina Grand Prix 2014
5th October 2014 to 12th October 2014
The Mdina Grand Prix 2014 takes place at Mdina Glass Concours d'Elegance. This unique international motor attraction is comprised of numerous events, including car racing, vintage auto exhibitions, live classical music concerts and locals dressed up in period costumes. The 2014 programme is as follows: 05/10 9am-4pm Scrutineering at the Malta National Aquarium 09/08 9am-4pm Thomas Smith Hill Climb at Mtahleb and BBQ 10/10 11am-4pm Mdina Glass Concours d’Elegance 11/10 9am-4pm Practice and qualifying 4pm - 5pm Paddock area open to the general public 12/10 9am-4pm Racing
In Guardia Parade
26th October 2014
The In Guardia Parade takes place on several dates between October and December in 2014. 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.
19th October 2014
Each year, 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.
10th October 2014 to 12th October 2014
Birgu (often referred to as Vittoriosa) celebrates BirguFest every year in October. This festival is best known for the 'Birgu by Night' event which sees the city's streets lit up with thousands of candles. There are plenty of other events and activities to enjoy on this day, including traditional music, choir and instrumental performances, historical re-enactments and stalls set up selling everything from local food to handicrafts.
The Malta Military Tattoo
11th October 2014 to 12th October 2014
The Malta Military Tattoo is one of the highlights of Malta's event calendar and takes place each year at MFCC, in Ta' Qali. The event is a reflection of Malta's military music heritage and features music performances from pipe and drum bands from all over the world. The 2014 line-up includes: Northwest Duke of Lancaster Cadet Corps of Drums (UK), Wallace Pipes and Drums (Malta), Red Hackled Pipe Band (Malta), 1st Hamrun Scouts Pipes and Drums (Malta), Marsa Scouts Pipes and Drums (Malta), Zurrieq Scouts Pipes and Drums (Malta), Highland Dancers (Scotland), Bersaglieri di Trapani (Italy), O’Shea Ryan Irish Dance Company (Australia), Golden Trumpet Jazz Marching Band (Russia), Urals State Band (Russia), Historical Drum Corps of the Royal Dutch Military Police (Netherlands), Malta Police Precision Drill Team, Malta Police Band, Armed Forces of Malta Band and Massed Band Finale.
Rolex Middle Sea Race
13th October 2014 to 25th October 2014
In October, the Valletta Harbour hosts the Rolex Middle Sea Race which sees around 70 boats take to the water and set off on a 606 sea mile round-trip voyage. Due to the extremely unpredictable waters, this sea race is considered to be a real challenge, making it fascinating to watch. The 2014 programme is as follows: 13/10-16/10: Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 Registration 15/10: Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 Coastal Race 16/10-17/10: Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 Crew Party 17/10: Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 Briefing 18/10: Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 Start 25/10: Rolex Middle Sea Race 2014 Prize Giving
18th October 2014
The annual Chocolate Festival takes place each year in Hamrun and provides chocoholics with a huge range of chocolate products to sample. In addition to the displays and tasting opportunities, the festival also promotes Fair Trade products, with various lectures and exhibitions on the subject. The highlight of the Chocolate Festival is always the life-size chocolate structures - in previous years, whole cars have been crafted out of chocolate!
Malta Doom Metal Festival
24th October 2014 to 26th October 2014
Toward the end of the month, Chateau Buskett hosts the Malta Doom Metal Festival. This music event sees a number of international heavy metal and hard rock bands take to the stage to perform concerts for huge audiences. The 2014 line-up is as follows: Manilla Road (US), Desolation Angels (UK), Officium Triste (NL), In Aevum Agere (IT), Mist (SL), Crimson Dawn (IT), Firelord (IT), It Came from the Desert (MT), Outrage (DE), Reino Ermitano (Peru), Forsaken (MT), SoulSteal (Cyprus), Victims of Creation (MT) and Facade (NL).