Weather Averages for Malta in September
Averages for Malta in September
On average, September is a little hotter than June in Malta, though not as hot as July and August. At Luqa Airport the mean maximum temperature is 29°C and the temperature drops no lower than 20°C during an average night. Combined with quite high humidity, this can make for some sticky nights, though conditions are usually conducive to outdoor activities during the evenings and overnight.
Although excessive heat is quite rare, when southerly winds suck up hot air from northern Africa, temperatures can get extremely hot, and temperatures in excess of 35°C are occasionally encountered.
Short-lived, intense thundery downpours crop up on occasions during September, though there is considerable variation from one September to the next- some Septembers stay completely dry, while others have thundery downpours on several days. The average monthly precipitation total is 40mm, but it is spread over an average of just four days per September.
There is a mean total of 261 hours of sunshine during September which is a mean of just under nine hours per day. Humidity, as noted above, is generally high, with a mean relative humidity of 77%. The sea temperature begins to fall a little during an average September but averages 25°C, which is easily warm enough to support swimming, diving and snorkelling in the surrounding seas.
Dates for the diary
In September, Malta hosts the Malta International Airshow at Valetta, which features numerous displays of impressive aircraft and spectacular air displays by some of the most accomplished pilots in the world, and also some military displays.
On the 8th September, Victory Day celebrates the end of the Great Siege of 1565, and the end of the French occupation of Malta in 1800. It features a rowing boat regatta in the Great Harbour during the afternoon, and feasts and other entertainment at various sites during the evening.
Things to do
Merill Eco Private Tours offer a wide range of environment and nature-themed trips in the island of Malta. One option is to go on a birdwatching trip, raptor watching or in the wetlands. There are eco tours at Mellieha, Dingli and Gozo, featuring walks around scenic hotspots within Malta, and a nature-themed walk is also provided, or you can arrange to visit a bakery, go to a painting workshop, or go sea salt harvesting or strawberry picking, among other activities. Those who enjoy nature-themed walks and activities should be catered for via at least one of this group’s wide-ranging eco-themed and eco-friendly tours.
On Sunday mornings Marsaxlokk Bay hosts Malta’s main fish market, which boasts a wide variety of fish on offer at various stalls. It is not just a fish market, and there are various foods on offer including fruit, vegetables, bread and snack foods, making it a good location to pick up a snack. On the other days of the week, the main fish market is instead held at Valetta, but Marsaxlokk Bay holds tourist-oriented markets, offering souvenirs and foods. Another key attraction of the area is the pleasant walks along the sea front and the displays of brightly-coloured fishing boats, along with the possibility of trying some sailing and/or fishing.
Where to eat & drink
Malta houses a large range of good restaurants. Zeri’s Restaurant, situated at Portomaso, St. Julians, Paceville, is a good bet for locally-sourced cuisine, and boasts a combination of Maltese and Mediterranean menu choices. The Lulu Restaurant at 31, Church Street, Saint Julian's, is recommended for its selection of good international cuisine and its highly-reated seafood.
The Dubliner at St Julians, Saint Julian's is an Irish pub which sells mainly English-themed pub food, and in keeping with the Irish theme, it serves some high-quality Guinness. For gaming entertainment, Dragonara Casino at Dragonara Palace, Saint Julian's offers a wide range of games, including over 300 slot machines, and facilities for American roulette, blackjack and poker, alongside other attractions.
Hit the beach
September is quite a good time to hit the beach in Malta because the main touristy months are July and August rather than September, but September’s weather is still generally hot, dry and sunny and the surrounding seas are near their warmest.
The Golden Sands beach has water sports facilities provided by the Golden Sands Hotel, and is good for relaxation and swimming. Families with young children will be particularly well-served by Paradise Bay in the far north of Malta, close to the Gozo Ferry, which also offers good swimming and snorkelling opportunities.
Where to stay
There are many good accommodation options in Malta. The Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, located at De Paule Avenue, San Anton, is a luxurious option which offers some excellent spa facilities. The 5-star Hotel Phoenicia at The Mall, Valletta offers very good accommodation and is ideally situated for access to the attractions in and around Valletta. The Maple Farm Bed and Breakfast Malta at Buskett Road, Rabat has easy access to the attractions at Rabat, and offers good bed and breakfast accommodation and some spectacular views over the sea.
For those who do not have much cash to spare, there are some good budget options including the Luciano Valletta Boutique Accommodation at Merchant Street 21, Valletta. Self-catering options are also numerous, and include the Thirtyseven Gozo, which is a particularly luxurious option.