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.
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.
September events in Malta
Malta – The Great Story of a Small Island-Nation
1st September 2014 to 30th September 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 September 2014 to 30th September 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.
Anniversary Photo Exhibition
13th September 2014 to 27th September 2014
The China Culture Centre hosts the 10th Anniversary Photo Exhibition this year in Malta. This exciting art display features a vast range of pieces, all of which focus on Chinese arts and culture.
Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival
4th September 2014 to 6th September 2014
The Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival is hosted at the Msida Bastion Historic Garden in Floriana each September. 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.
Maltese Summer Folklore Nights
26th September 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.
Malta Deathfest II
6th September 2014 to 7th September 2014
This year 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. The 2014 line-up includes: Hour of Penance (Italy), Burning Hatred (Netherlands), Cancerous Womb (Scotland), Eyeconoclast (Italy), Funest (Italy), Incineration (Greece), Lelahell (Algeria), Methedras (Italy), Oblique Visions (Malta), Reckless Manslaughter (Germany), Repugnance (Malta), Regurgitate Life (UK), Sandmist (Malta), Scordatura (Scotland), Thy Legion (Malta), Unfathomable Ruination (UK), Viscera Trail (Israel), Victims of Creation (Malta) and Vomit Disease (Germany).
Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady
8th September 2014
The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady is a traditional event which takes place in Mellieha. In celebration of this event, the streets of the town are brightly decorated and brass bands perform regularly in public spaces. Traditional Maltese food and drinks will also be served during the festival.
Feast of Our Lady of Graces
14th September 2014
The Feast of Our Lady of Graces is a traditional religious feast celebrated each summer in Zabbar. This festival provides visitors with a great opportunity to learn about the local culture, with folk music performances, cultural events, local food and traditional activities taking place all day and evening.
Qala International Folk Festival
18th September 2014 to 21st September 2014
Qala International Folk Festival takes place in the second half of September each year in Qala, Gozo. During this festival, local and international artists perform music concerts, theatrical skits and act out folklore traditions. In addition to the entertainment, there are also plenty of opportunities to sample the local food.
28th September 2014 to 29th September 2014
Zejt iz-Zejtun is an annual foodie event which takes place in Zejtun each September. This event marks the start of the olive-picking season in Malta, with olive-pressing demonstrations, pageants, agricultural exhibits, traditional music and local food tasting.
9th September 2014
Il-Vitorja (Victory Day) is celebrated throughout the whole of Malta on this day each September. 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 the state ceremonies which take place during the morning, followed by a rowing boat regatta at Grand Harbour in the afternoon and Our Lady as a Child celebrations in the evening.
Malta International Youth Games
11th September 2014 to 15th September 2014
The Malta International Youth Games are held throughout the island each September. 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.
In Guardia Parade
28th September 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.
Malta International Gaming Summit
25th September 2014 to 28th September 2014
The Malta International Gaming Summit takes place each year in Malta at the Intercontinental Hotel in St. George's Bay, St Julians. 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 Air Show
27th September 2014 to 28th September 2014
Since it first began in 1993, the Malta International Airshow in Luqa has been one of the most popular annual events in Malta. The event features a lengthy programme with military and civilian aircraft exhibits, as well as aerial displays.