What's the Weather Like in Malta in August
August is the hottest month of the year in Malta, with clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine almost guaranteed every day. The heat is due to the warm Sirroco winds .
During this month, the average temperature starts off at 27°C at the beginning of August and drops down to 25.5°C toward the end of the month. Daily highs fall from 31°C to 29°C and daily lows drop from 23°C to 22°C as the month progresses.
Since 1987, the highest temperature in Malta during August is 43°C, which was registered in 1999. The lowest temperature in August is 18°C, which was in 1997.
The average sea temperature for Malta in August is 27°C, which almost all visitors to the island will find ideal for snorkelling, scuba diving and swimming. The high number of swimmers and sunbathers you'll see all over the beaches during your holiday in Malta at this time of year is testament to this.
There is almost zero rain in Malta in August , with whole days and weeks passing by without a single drop of rain ever touching the ground. Despite the very low average rainfall, Malta does get rain 3 days on average in August .
The chance of rain in Malta in August increases as the month progresses. Rain is least expected to fall on August 1st, when it only occurs on 7% of days. On the other hand, rainfall is most likely to happen around August 31st, when it falls on 20% of days.
Since 1985, the highest monthly rainfall ever to happen in Malta in August is 38.6mm, which was registered in 1997. In August 1996 and August 1997, Malta was subject to five rainy days, making these months the island's wettest in almost three decades. The highest amount of rainfall ever to fall in August within a 24-hour period is 32mm, which was registered in 2001.
Average Sunshine Hours
Malta enjoys an average of 13 hours of sunshine each day in August, making it one of the sunniest months of the year. Throughout August, the length of the day is gradually shortening. The shortest day of the month is August 31st, with 12 hours and 57 minutes of daylight, whereas the longest day of the month is August 1st, with 13 hours and 57 minutes of daylight.
Despite the high heat and oodles of sunshine, Malta stays very humid during August, thanks to the surrounding sea. Across the month, the average daily relative humidity for the island is 67%, which is quite high for summer. This figure is made up of lows of 44% (comfortable) and highs of 92% (very humid). The air tends to be at its driest around August 1st, when the relative humidity drops to below 52% three days out of every four. On the other hand, the air is usually at its most humid around August 7th, when the relative humidity rises above 88% three days out of every four.
The average cloud coverage on any given day in August in Malta increases from 9% on August 1st up to 19% by August 31st. Despite the increase in cloud coverage, throughout the whole of August, the sky is generally very clear.
Over the course of an average August in Malta, typical wind speeds vary between 0 m/s and 6 m/s calm to moderate breeze. Throughout this month, wind speeds very rarely exceed 9 m/s fresh breeze. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s normally happens around August 31st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. The lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s tends to occur around August 12th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 5 m/s. Since 1997, the highest wind gust ever recorded in Malta in August is 31 knots, which was registered in 2013.
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Malta Hotels in August
Outstandingly beautiful views of the Parrocca tal-Mellieha Church and surrounding Maltese architecture of Mellieha from the four star Pergola Hotel and Spa. Two luxury pools, a wellness spa and activities for the children makes this hotel ideal for the whole family. The location is also perfect for exploring the nearby beaches and the town center where you can shop for traditional Maltese produce and discover the history behind this charming town. Pergola offers apartments with complete kitchens for self catering experience as well as hotel rooms where guests can make the most of the variety of in house dining options, and enjoy an evening drink in the romantic Cave Bar (see images below).
There are loads of accommodation options in Malta, with something to cater for all budgets, tastes and group sizes. You won't find many all-inclusive hotels here, although the San Antonio Hotel & Spa at Triq it Turisti, Qawra is an exception. This top quality reasonably priced hotel offers comfortable accommodation and a large outdoor swimming pool.
A good modern hotel is the 4-star Hotel Valentina at Dobbie Street, Paceville, Saint Julian's, which is ideally located for accessing the various attractions in Paceville.
Malta Beach for August
August is the most popular time of year for tourists in Malta, so the beaches can get busy, although there are usually free spots available if you look hard enough. Ghajn Tuffieha (also known at Riviera Beach), situated within a 15 minute bus journey of St Paul's Bay, is quite secluded as it is relatively difficult to access (a long steep staircase has to be negotiated in order to get there). Despite the challenging access, this beach is excellent for swimming and for hosting barbeques.
Ghadira Bay at Mellieha Bay is the largest beach in the Maltese islands. This beach is a wonderful place to sunbathe and also offers numerous onsite facilities, such as: water skiing, parasailing and other activities, including pedalos and banana boat rides.
Bars and Restaurants
Malta is home to an impressive number of high-quality pubs, bars and restaurants, catering for all tastes. Those who like French food and don't mind spending a fair amount of cash on a high-quality meal can consider Rebekah's Restaurant at Triq It-Tgham, Mellieha, which serves French and Mediterranean food. The wild boar dish and the tuna carpaccio are excellent choices at this restaurant, as well as the indulgent and heavenly chocolate fondant dessert.
There are many top quality Asian restaurants in Malta, and the TemptAsian Restaurant & Lounge at High Street, Sliema serves a wide variety of Asian cuisine. Try the sumptuous peking duck with pancakes or the fragrant Pad Thai. This restaurant also offers special discounts for those celebrating their birthday.
Malta has many good wine bars, including Trabuxu Wine Bar in Valletta, a top pick for local cuisine and quality wines. Food is also served here, including the mixed platter perfect for sharing, featuring a variety of cheeses and meats. Also, the fondue is great for your group to share while tasting the local wines.
There are also some amazing nightclubs on the island, including Twenty Two at Portomaso Business Tower Level 22, Saint Julian's. This venue is ideal for any type of night out as it offers a cocktail lounge, wine bar and a night club.
Things to do in Malta in August
There are many quality dive centres in Malta and August is a particularly good time of year to have a go at this water sport. At this time of year, the sea temperature is very warm and provides holidaymakers with the opportunity to cool off from the heat of the outdoors.
Buddies Dive Cove at 24 Pioneer Road, Bugibba is a popular family-run dive centre which offers to put together holiday packages for visitors. There is a number of dive courses available, ranging from beginner to advanced. You'll also find an array of guided tours and trips to popular dive sites around the region, as well as facilities for relatively advanced divers to acquire new diving qualifications. Scuba diving and open water diving courses are available for beginners.
Another option is Go Dive Malta at Triq Dun Frangisk Sciberras, Mellieha. This organisation offers a similar range of dives and courses, including various escorted dives at the best dive sites around Malta and the popular Discover Scuba Diving beginners' course.
Watercolours Dive Centre at Tower Road, Sliema Aquatic Sports Club offers a Bubble Maker course for those who would like to learn the art of breathing underwater for long periods, in addition to the usual range of diving courses and guided dive tours.
August is also a great time of year to visit the Lower Barrakka Gardens. These gardens boast a fascinating World War II monument, combined with classic arches, monuments and a coffee shop. Of the two main monuments, one is there to commemorate Sir Alexander Ball (the first British governor of Malta) and the other is in remembrance of the Great Siege of Malta.
The nearby Upper Gardens are also worth considering for their relaxation opportunities and stunning views over the nearby harbour. During hot spells it may be advisable to visit on an evening, when temperatures are more comfortable.