Malta Weather April Averages, Malta
What's the Weather like in Malta in April
Temperatures start to rise significantly in Malta in April, although the rate of warming is limited by the moderation from the surrounding seas, which are only just recovering from their coolest temperature values.
At this time of the year, the average temperature for the island is around 16°C, compared to May, which has an average temperature of around 20°C. Daily highs and lows for this month are around 20°C and 17°C respectively.
Since 1987, the highest maximum temperature which has ever been recorded in Malta in April is 31.7°C, which was registered in 2008. The lowest minimum temperature ever to be recorded on the island during this month is 6.5°C, which was registered in 1997.
Average Sea Temperature
The average sea temperature for Malta in April is 17°C, which is a bit too cold for swimming. If you really must go for a dip during your holiday, there are plenty of heated and indoor swimming pools to choose from.
Throughout April, Malta receives an average of 24mm of rainfall which is spread out over ten days. With rainfall occurring on 1/3 of the month, there is a very good chance you'll experience a shower or two during your holiday, so make sure you pack an umbrella or some waterproof clothing. In April, the most common type of precipitation you can expect is moderate rain, followed by light rain and then thunderstorms.
The likelihood of rainfall occurring at any point on the island during April falls as the month develops. Precipitation is at its most probable on April 1st, when it occurs in 37% of days. On the other hand, rainfall is least likely to happen on April 30th, when it only occurs in 28% of days. Whilst dry spells are frequent throughout April, on the occasions when it does rain, the rainfall is normally heavy and short-lived.
Since 1985, the highest monthly rainfall ever to occur in Malta in April is 163.1mm, which was recorded in 1996. Six years earlier in 1990, Malta received 12 rainy days in one month, making it the wettest April in over two decades. The highest amount of precipitation ever to fall within 24 hours in Malta during this month is 131.5mm, which was registered in April 1994.
Average Sunshine Hours
Malta enjoys an average of 11 hours of sunshine each day in April. Over the course of the month, the length of the day gradually increases. Between April 1st and April 30th, the day lengthens by one hour and two minutes. The shortest day of the month is April 1st, with 12 hours and 36 minutes of daylight and the longest day of the month is April 30th, with 13 hours and 38 minutes of daylight.
Due to the surrounding ocean, the average daily relative humidity for Malta in April is quite high at 74%. This average is made up of lows of 53% (mildly humid) and highs of 95% (very humid).
The average cloud coverage on any day in Malta in April ranges from 46% at the start of the month down to 39% by the end of the month. If you want to avoid clouds spoiling your holiday at all costs, make sure you book your trip for the end of the month.
Throughout an average April in Malta, typical wind speeds usually vary from 1 m/s to 8 m/s light air to moderate breeze. Wind speeds almost never exceed 12 m/s strong breeze. The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) usually happens around April 12th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 8 m/s.
On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 5 m/s tends to occur around April 30thm when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s. Since 1997, the highest wind gust ever recorded in Malta in April is 39 knots which occurred in 2000 and 2012.
The hot, dry and dusty sirocco wind from northern Africa blows over occasionally during the spring months. This unpleasant weather condition is associated with depressions moving eastwards across the Mediterranean Sea, which makes for a general discomfort for everyone on the island.
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Malta Hotels in April
Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands
Malta has numerous accommodation options, so many so that most visitors will find themselves spoilt for choice. For those who aren't looking to spare any expenses, a top beach hotel is the 5-star Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Malta Golden Sands at Golden Bay, Mellieha.
You'll have everything you need provided at this upmarket hotel, not least of all a range of watersports services like jet ski hire and diving classes - along with a fabulous outdoor swimming pool.
The Palace in Sliema provides 5-star top-notch accommodation in an outstanding location. Guests are able to choose from the hotel's "designer suites", which suit a variety of themes and moods. Dine at the hotel's gourmet restaurant and make use of the facilities which include a fitness centre, spa, indoor swimming and an infinity pool.
Selmunett in Naxxar provides luxury B&B accommodation and would be ideal for guests who are looking for a place which is ideally placed for the island's sights and amenities, while also offering a feeling of seclusion. The accommodation's manicured gardens and terrace area make a great place to relax and enjoy the warm weather as spring comes into bloom.
Relax Inn Hotel
For those on a tight budget, a good choice is the Relax Inn Hotel in St. Paul's Bay. While the prices are lower than other accommodation options, the standard of service remains high and the hotel is within walking distance of local shops, restaurants and other amenities.
Beaches in Malta for April
April is a good time of year to hit the beach in Malta, since the weather is generally reliable and not too hot. During this month, tourist volumes tend to be relatively low, although the surrounding seas are still a little cool for swimming in.
Hola Beach, at Marfa, is a quiet beach with a good view of Gozo and Comino. Here you'll find palm trees, sun loungers with mattresses and pillows and an onsite bar.
Those after a secluded spot can consider Ramla Bay on the island of Gozo, which contains a number of snack bars and is ideal for a bit of relaxation.
Bars and Restaurants
Malta boasts a big variety of places to eat and drink, regardless of your appetite or budget. Lovage Bistro is the place to go if you're looking for tasty, substantial cuisine cooked in the local Mediterranean style. This St. Paul's Bay eatery serves delectable meat and seafood dishes that you will remember for days to come; there's also a range of options for vegetarian diners.
Cafe Jubilee Valletta
For those after a more British experience, the Cafe Jubilee Valletta is a prime pick. Here you'll find a range of pub favourites, along with a number of international dishes. For this reason, it makes a great place to bring the whole family, as there is something for everyone on the menu here.
Situated in the southern corner of the island is La Capanna, a restaurant which celebrates seafood and fine dining. A great place for a romantic meal, diners can enjoy favourites like octopus stew, grilled sea bass and calamari, which are accompanied by a fine selection of wines.
Found within Malta's tallest building (the Portomaso Tower), Twenty Two commands amazing views over Valletta and has earned a reputation as one of the island's classiest nightlife spots. Here you can socialise over a cocktail on one of the plush sofas, or head to the dancefloor, where DJs spin a mix of eighties and nineties pop hits.
If you're looking for a place to party by the beach, check out Hugo's Terrace. Located in the nightlife capital of Paceville, this chilled bar-turned-club overlooks the sea and makes a great place to relax, drink or dance as the afternoon spills over into the evening and later hours.
Things to do in Malta in April
April is a great time of year to indulge in some sightseeing around Malta's many outdoor gardens. The Barrakka Gardens at Battery Street, Valletta is known for its plentiful monuments and manicured gardens, not to mention the breathtaking views it affords over the Grand Harbour.
San Anton Gardens
The San Anton Gardens at Attard also comprise a range of trees and plants, including acaranda trees, Norfolk Pines, Bougainvillea and roses. It makes a nice place to pause for respite amid a busy day of sightseeing.
Another popular landmark is the Blue Grotto in Zurrieq. This attraction features spectacular cliffs and an array of wildlife. If seas are sufficiently calm, regular boat rides are offered between 9am and 4pm in April.
Palazzo Parisio & Gardens
Palazzo Parisio & Gardens at Victory Square, Naxxar is an impressive palace with Baroque-themed gardens outside. Here you'll also find various in-house eateries that serve a delicious treats, as well as beautiful Baroque-themed architecture throughout.
For those in search of adventure, the MC Adventure is a must-visit. Here you can try your hand at rock climbing, off-road biking, hiking and kayaking. The kayaking trips include visits to the island of Comino, which features various bridges and caves that the tours encounter.
Hiking and off-road biking trips are also offered, although the organisation's primary focus is rock climbing. Rock climbing activities on offer involve sport and traditional climbing, sea level traversing, deep water soloing and bouldering. The rock climbs are varied and cater for novices as well as experienced rock climbers.