Weather Averages for Malta in October
Averages for Malta in October
Octobers are often quite wet in Malta, thanks to a general increase in the frequency of southerly tracking rain-bearing low pressure systems from the North Atlantic Ocean, though there can be considerable variation from one October to the next, depending on how frequent and how far south the low pressure systems are. There is a mean monthly precipitation total of 90mm, spread over 10 days with measurable precipitation, implying that during a typical stay in Malta in October, it will rain in one day in three.
Rainfall in Malta tends to be heavier and over with more quickly than in north-western Europe, and consequently sunshine is still quite abundant, with a mean of 220 hours of bright sunshine per October, a mean of marginally over seven hours per day, which is still well over half of the possible total.
Octobers are generally warm, rather than hot, with a mean maximum temperature of 24°C at Luqa Airport and a mean minimum of 17°C overnight. Temperatures in excess of 30°C are occasionally recorded, though, when a burst of southerly winds brings hot air up from northern Africa. The hot, dry and dusty sinoco wind occasionally crops up during October.
Humidity is generally high thanks to the surrounding seas, with a mean relative humidity of 78%. The sea temperature falls during an average October but averages around 23°C, which is warm enough to make swimming, diving and snorkelling reasonably pleasant.
Dates for the diary
October features the Malta Historic Cities Festival, which is held in the main towns and cities of Malta (especially Valletta, Medina and Vittoriosa) and has re-enactments of notable historic events and cultural performances, celebrating the history of Malta’s towns and cities. Folk dancing and concerts are frequently held during this 11-day event.
Also worth trying out is the Festival Mediterranea on the island of Gozo,
which features frequent music concerts, trips to historic places, and art exhibitions, showing off Mediterranean arts, crafts and culture.
Things to do
For those after a tour of Malta involving something a bit different, ExcursionsMalta provide 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 approximately 30 minutes and covers approximately 8 kilometres, and passes by a number of major historical attractions, including Mdina Main Gate, the catacombs of St. Agatha and St. Paul’s, the Clock Tower and the Old Railway Station, and also passes through Greek Gate Tunnel.
St James’ Cavalier Centre for Creativity at Valletta is a good base for a range of activities. The premises offer a range of visual arts exhibitions, often with a musical theme, and there is also an on-site cinema and theatre, both of which frequently host entertainment, including concert performances. There is also a restaurant and coffee shop on-site. 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.
Where to eat & drink
Malta has many excellent pubs, bars and restaurants to try out. La Sfoglia, located at 67 and 68 Merchants Street, Valletta, is recommended for fans of French cuisine, and is highly-rated by most visitors. Those who like Japanese food are well covered, for example the Club Sushi from Tokyo to Seoul at Ball Street, Paceville serves a variety of Japanese food, especially sushi, and also has a pleasant outdoor eating area and 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/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.
Hit the beach
October is quite a good time of year to hit the beach during fine spells, for it is not a touristy time of year and the surrounding seas are quite warm, but the downside is that the weather is not always particularly reliable.
St. George’s Bay only offers a small stretch of beach, but is good for relaxation and, if the weather permits it, sunbathing, and is ideally placed for access to nearby attractions at Paceville. The man-made Bugibba Beach is good for relaxation and for swimming in the nearby seas.
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, which serves good buffet breakfasts and is also handy for various nearby restaurants, for those who would rather dine elsewhere. A good spa hotel is the Pergola Club Hotel & Spa, located at Adenau St, Mellieha, which also provides good 4-star accommodation. 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 Valletta.
Those on a limited budget are quite well catered for and the 3-star Sunseeker Holiday Complex at Trejqet il-Kulpara, Bugibba, is one of the many good options. Those after self-catering accommodation can consider the Sliema Homestay Malta, which is particularly ideal for those on a tight budget.