Weather Averages for Malta in September
Averages for Malta in September
On average, September is sunny, warm and dry in Malta, although the temperatures during this month aren’t usually as hot as they are in July and August. At this time of year, the average temperature starts off at 25.5°C at the beginning of the month and gradually drops to 23°C during the final few days. Daily highs fall from 29°C down to 26°C and daily lows drop from 22°C to 20°C as the month progresses.
Since 1987, the highest maximum temperature ever to be recorded in Malta in September is 39.2°C, which was registered in 1990. On the other hand, the lowest minimum temperature which has ever been recorded on the island in September is 15.4°C, which was registered in 2004.
The average sea temperature for Malta in September is 26°C, whilst is slightly cooler than in August. Despite the small drop in temperature, 26°C is more than warm enough for you to enjoy swimming, scuba diving and snorkelling in the sea during your holiday in September.
Short-lived, intense thundery downpours crop up on occasions during September, although there is considerable variation from one September to the next. Some Septembers stay completely dry, whilst others have thundery downpours on several days.
Throughout this month, Malta receives an average of 24mm of rainfall, divided across eight rainy days. With precipitation occurring on around ¼ of days throughout the month, there is a fairly good chance of you experiencing some of the wet stuff during your holiday. If you do get some rain whilst in Malta, it will most likely be moderate rain, thunderstorms or light rain.
The probability of rainfall occurring on any given day in Malta during September rises as the month develops. Precipitation is least likely to fall around September 1st, when it occurs on 20% of days, whilst rainfall is most likely to occur around September 30th, when it falls on 36% of days.
Since 1985, the highest monthly rainfall which has ever occurred in Malta in September is 390.3mm, which was registered in 2003. Not only is this the highest monthly rainfall for September, but it’s also the highest monthly rainfall ever registered in Malta in any month. Six years earlier in 1997, Malta received rainfall on 12 days in September, making it the wettest month in almost two decades. The highest amount of rainfall ever to occur in September in Malta within 24 hours is 226.3mm, which was registered in 2003. This day saw the highest rainfall ever registered in Malta in any month.
In September, Malta enjoys around ten hours of sunshine every day, providing you with plenty of opportunities to hit the beach and work on your tan. Throughout September, the length of the day is gradually decreasing, with the day shortening by one hour and 5 minutes between September 1st and September 30th. The shortest day of the month is September 30th, with 11 hours and 51 minutes of daylight, whilst the longest day of the month is September 1st, with 12 hours and 55 minutes of daylight.
Malta stays fairly humid all-year-round, thanks to the surrounding sea. During Seotember, the average daily relative humidity for the island is 73%, which is fairly high for this time of year. This average is made up of lows of 52% (mildly humid) and highs of 93% (very humid). The air is usually at its driest around September 1st, when the relative humidity drops to below 59% three days out of every four. On the other hand, the air in Malta is often at its most humid around September 27th, when the relative humidity rises above 88% three days out of every four.
The average cloud coverage on a typical day in September in Malta increases steadily as the month progresses. Cloud coverage starts off at 19% on September 1st and rises up to 33% by September 30th. In spite of the increase in cloud coverage, September as a whole is generally quite clear.
Throughout an average September in Malta, typical wind speeds usually fluctuate between 0 m/s and 6 m/s – calm to moderate breeze. Wind speeds almost never exceed 10 m/s – fresh breeze. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually occurs around September 30th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s tends to happen around September 13th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. Since 1996, the highest wind gust ever recorded in Malta in September is 36 knots, which was recorded in 2013.
Although excessive heat is quite rare, when southerly winds suck up hot air from northern Africa, temperatures can get extremely hot, with temperatures in excess of 35°C being occasionally encountered.
Dates for the diary
September is packed full of activities and events for visitors to enjoy in Malta. Between September 4th and 6th in 2014, the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival is hosted at the Msida Bastion Historic Garden, Floriana. This annual literary event sees writers from all different countries come together to translate each others’ pieces and then read them to audiences. As well as the translations and readings, this festival also features musical concerts, workshops and book sales.
Between September 6th and 7th in 2014, the Chateau Buskett hosts the Malta Deathfest II. This two-day musical festival features performances from a variety of bands from all over Malta, Europe and Africa, making it a must for music lovers.
On September 9th in 2014, Il-Vitorja (Victory Day) is celebrated throughout the whole of Malta. This event is held in honour of the day Malta gained freedom from three different occupiers: the Ottomans, the French and the Italians. Some of the events you can look forward to include an Armed Forces of Malta parade and a rowing boat race.
Between September 11th and September 15th in 2014, the Malta International Youth Games are held throughout the island. This sports event is made up of ten different activities: American pool, BMX, bowling, chess, marathons, cycling, fustal, table tennis, wrestling and tug-o-war. The Malta International Youth Games are open to clubs, schools and sporting teams and are great fun to watch.
Between September 13th and September 27th in 2014, the China Culture Centre hosts the 10th Anniversary Photo Exhibition. This exciting art display features a vast range of pieces, all of which focus on Chinese arts and culture. There is a different theme each year, but this year’s theme has yet to be announced.
Between September 25th and 28th in 2014, the Malta International Gaming Summit takes place throughout Malta and Gozo. This four-day conference is dedicated to the gaming industry and attracts around 1,500 participants each year. In 2014, there will be around 50 different speakers at the event, there to give lectures on best practises, the latest in technology, global regulation and loads more.
Malta International Youth Games.
Things to do
Merill Eco Private Tours offers a wide range of environment and nature-themed trips throughout the island of Malta. Options include: bird-watching, raptor watching or wetlands excursions. There are eco tours at Mellieha, Dingli and Gozo, featuring walks around scenic hotspots within Malta. A nature-themed walk is also provided, or you can arrange to visit a bakery, a painting workshop, go sea salt harvesting or strawberry picking, among other activities.
On Sunday mornings Marsaxlokk Bay hosts Malta’s main fish market, which boasts a wide variety of fish on offer at various stalls. As well as fish, this market also offers various other foods, including fruit, vegetables, bread and snack foods, making it a great place to grab a bite to eat. During the rest of the week, 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 having a go at sailing and fishing.
Pleasant walks along the seafront, Malta.
Where to eat and drink
Malta is home to a large range of quality restaurants. Zeri’s Restaurant, situated in Portomaso, St. Julians, Paceville, is a good bet for locally-sourced cuisine, boating a combination of Maltese and Mediterranean menu choices.
The Lulu Restaurant at 31, Church Street, Saint Julian's, is recommended for its selection of international cuisine and its highly-rated seafood.
The Dubliner at Saint Julian's is an Irish pub which sells mainly English- and Irish-themed pub food. In keeping with the Irish theme, this pub also 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, as well as American roulette, blackjack and poker, alongside numerous other attractions.
Dragonara Casino, Malta.
Hit the beach
September is a great time to hit the beach in Malta because the tourist numbers have thinned out by this time of year. Whilst the temperatures aren’t as high in September as they are in August, the weather is still generally hot, dry and sunny, and the sea is pleasantly warm.
The Golden Sands beach has water sports facilities provided by the Golden Sands Hotel and is a top spot for relaxing 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. Just like Golden Sands, this beach also offers ideal swimming and snorkelling opportunities.
Where to stay
There are many 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 Maple Farm Bed and Breakfast Malta at Buskett Road, Rabat has easy access to the attractions throughout the resort and offers good bed and breakfast accommodation, with some fantastic sea views.
For those who do not have much cash to spare, there are some budget options when it comes to accommodation in Malta. These include 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.