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.
Dates for the diary
On October 8th in 2014, Valletta celebrates Notte Bianca. This annual cultural event is great fun for the whole family to enjoy and is 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.
Between October 9th and October 12th in 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.
Between October 13th and October 25th in 2014, the Valletta Harbour hosts the Rolex Middle Sea Race. This race 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.
On October 19th in 2014, Alarme is celebrated at Vittoriosa. This historical event includes a re-enactment of the time Napoleon landed in Malta and the subsequent French conquest in 1798. A re-enactment is also performed of the time period leading from the conquest up to 1800, when the French surrendered to the British.
Between October 24th and October 26th in 2014, Chateau Buskett hosts the Malta Doom Metal Festival. This music event features a number of heavy metal and hard rock bands take to the stage to perform concerts. Around 14 bands are expected to perform in total, making it a superb day out for all heavy metal fans.
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.