February Weather Averages for Malta
What's the Weather Like in Malta in February?
February is usually the second coldest month of the year in Malta, although the weather conditions and temperatures are normally almost identical to those in January. During this month, the average temperature for the island rises from 12°C at the start of the month up to 13°C by the end of the month. Daily highs increase from 15...
February Daily Averages for Malta
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What's the Weather Like in Malta in February?
February is usually the second coldest month of the year in Malta, although the weather conditions and temperatures are normally almost identical to those in January. During this month, the average temperature for the island rises from 12°C at the start of the month up to 13°C by the end of the month. Daily highs increase from 15°C to 16°C and daily lows also rise from 9°C to 10°C.
Since 1987, the highest maximum temperature which has ever been recorded in Malta in February is 24.1°C which was registered in 2010. The lowest minimum temperature which has ever been recorded on the island during this month is 2.6°C, which was registered in 1999.
Average Sea Temperature
The average sea temperature for Malta in February is 16°C, which is considered to be far too cold for swimming by most people. If you really want to go for a dip during your holiday, you should stick to heated and indoor swimming pools.
In February, Malta receives an average of 62mm of rainfall, divided across 13 days. With rain falling on around ½ of the month, it's almost certain that you'll experience at least some type of precipitation during your holiday. It's always better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you pack some waterproof clothing or an umbrella. The most likely type of precipitation you'll get in Malta in February is moderate rain, followed by thunderstorms and light rain.
The chance of rain occurring at any point during your holiday in Malta in February drops as the month develops. Precipitation is most likely to occur on February 1st, when it falls on 54% of days. On the other hand, precipitation is least likely to happen on February 28th, when it only falls on 46% of days.
Although the rain is quite frequent in Malta in February, the wet spells are usually heavy and over with quite quickly compared to northern and central Europe. On occasion, February can be a very wet month, if low pressure systems track further south than usual. But there is also the odd February which is very dry, thanks to the lows tracking further north than usual.
Since 1985, the highest monthly rainfall ever to occur in Malta in February is 181.3mm, which was recorded in 1996. Fifteen years later in 2011, Malta was subject to 22 rainy days in one month, making it the wettest February in almost three decades. The highest amount of precipitation ever to fall within 24 hours in Malta during this month is 43.7mm, which was recorded in 1987.
Average Sunshine Hours
Malta enjoys an average of eight hours of sunshine each day in February, a figure which is significantly higher than many other places in northern and central Europe. As February progresses, the length of the day gradually increases. Between February 1st and February 28th, the day lengthens by 58 minutes. The shortest day of the month is February 1st, with ten hours and 25 minutes of daylight and the longest day of the month is February 28th, with 11 hours and 23 minutes of daylight.
The average daily relative humidity for Malta during this month is 76%, which is quite high. This average is made up of highs of 94% (very humid) and lows of 60% (mildly humid). The air is usually at its driest around February 20th, when the relative humidity falls below 67%, whereas the air is normally at its most humid around February 1st, when it rises above 90% three days out of every four.
The average cloud coverage on any given day in Malta in February is 50% - partly cloudy. This figure very gradually drops as the month develops, falling from 51% down to 49%.
During an average February in Malta, typical wind speeds fluctuate between 1 m/s and 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 February 18th, 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 February 28th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 8 m/s. Since 1997, the highest wind gust which has ever been recorded in Malta in February is 39 knots which was registered in 2011 and 2012.
Serious weather hazards rarely occur in Malta, but they're not completely uncommon. Following rare snowfalls on January 31st in 1962, an air frost was widely reported over inland parts of Malta on February 1st in 1962. On this day, the all-time low temperature record of -1.7°C was registered at Ta' Qali airfield. Wet snow was observed briefly across the island during February 1895 but it didn't settle.
Malta Hotels in February
Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or a family holiday, Malta will have you covered with a range of quality accommodations to choose from. If you're looking for a high-end hotel in the heart of Valletta, then consider staying at the Hotel Phoenicia. Set in a characterful colonial-era building, this elegant hotel allows you to live in the lap of luxury and is ideally placed for the capital's sights and attractions.
Visitors who want to a hotel that comes with all the creature comforts should check out the Seabank Hotel and Spa in Mellieha Bay. Featuring an onsite spa, sauna, indoor swimming pool and a range of restaurants to choose from, this is the ideal place to head to if you're looking to truly relax and forget about all your worldly cares.
For romantic retreats, book a suite at the Xara Palace Relais and Chateaux in Mdina, the historic heart of the island. This secluded hotel provides a service like no other and is located within a truly spectacular setting. Despite its relatively remote location, there's a number of facilities on hand to make your stay as convenient and stress-free as possible.
Those travelling on a tighter budget should consider Villa del Porto in Kalkara. This delightful guesthouse occupies a prime spot on the seafront, with sweeping views over the Grand Harbour. There's a number of public amenities close by and guests can make use of the free TV access, laundry service and digital safe that is included as part of the package.
Valletta Apartments 19 are another self-catering option that are worth a look. Located within the heart of the historic Maltese capital, these luxury rooms come equipped with everything you could possibly need and command stunning views over the ancient city and its harbour.
Malta Beach for February
Malta is a small island and therefore has a limited number of beaches, but there are some that are worthy of a visit. Unfortunately, February's cool weather is often not reliable enough for a relaxing beach stay.
The Sliema sea front contains some rocky areas that can be used for lying down your towel and sunbathing. If you don't fancy relaxing, you can take advantage of the numerous boat excursions which depart from here.
St. George's Bay only offers a small stretch of beach, but its central location makes it ideal for those who want to be just a short walk away from plenty of bars, restaurants, cafes, shops and attractions, such as the Eden Superbowl.
Bars and Restaurants
Despite the relative size of the island, the Maltese dining scene packs a powerful punch and you'll certainly be pleased with the variety of bars, restaurants and bistros on offer. What's more, many establishments in Malta are family-run, so you can be guaranteed personalised and friendly service throughout your visit.
For luxury local cuisine, head to the Bouquet Garni Restaurant in Mellieha. This friendly eatery brings the best of contemporary Mediterranean dining to the table and offers a varied range of locally-sourced seafood. It's a big hit with locals and tourists alike, enjoying a reputation as one of Malta's finest restaurants.
Those who enjoy Eastern cooking should hunt down Peking in Qawra. This highly-rated Chinese restaurant serves up the flavours of the Far East and features many favourites on its menu that all diners will be familiar with. Takeaway is also an option, meaning you can enjoy your meal within the comfort of your hotel or apartment.
Rubino in Valletta serves as one of Malta's oldest restaurants and is the perfect location for a romantic evening meal. Everything on the menu, from the meat and seafood, to the dessert dishes, comes highly recommended, and there's a pleasing wine selection to choose alongside your food.
There are many lively nightlife spots in Malta. Footloose Fun Bar in Paceville, Saint Julian's, has frequent disco nights which feature classic party music which is played well into the early hours. For a more refined evening, try the Trabuxu Wine Bar in Valletta, an establishment which oozes character and stocks a fine selection of wines and cheeses.
Things to do in Malta in February
A top attraction to try out is the Chamber of Mysteries in, Qormi, which offers delicious meals and a great entertainment programme on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Monday and Friday nights feature a three-course meal, wine and the Chamber of Mysteries show, which includes an illusion show. Monday evenings also offer musical performances during the meal, in addition to the Chamber of Mysteries show.
Wednesday nights are more extravagant, with fiesta decorations in the dining area and an extended musical performance during the main meal. The chamber also offers to pick up visitors from their hotel, so you don't have to worry about transport.
There are many historic sites of interest on display in Malta. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum at Burial Street, Paola offers insights into how people used to construct spectacular architecture using primitive tools. Here you'll find many fascinating displays of ancient architecture and it's advisable to book online well in advance of arrival.
A popular "living museum" is the Casa Rocca Piccola in Valletta, which boasts a range of furniture stemming from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries and offers an insight into the everyday lives of a Maltese noble family. This attraction is ideally located on the main street of the old city, so it's a great place to stop by amid a morning or afternoon of sightseeing.
The Magalithic Temples of Malta at Qrendi is another landmark worthy of a visit. This UNESCO World Heritage Site signifies the ancient heritage of the island, dating back as far back as 3600 BC in some places. These sites are split between Malta and the island of Gozo and never fail to impress visitors, considering the limited building resources available when these structures were put together.
The Manoel Theatre is the second-oldest theatre in Europe. As well as providing a good deal of historical interest, this theatre also contains a courtyard with a cafeteria, a museum, and guided audio tours which are held throughout the day from Mondays to Fridays.
February events in Malta
Feast of the Shipwreck of St. Paul
10th February 2019
The Feast of the Shipwreck of St. Paul is celebrated on 10th February every year in Valletta. This festival is the first feast of the season and is best known for its religious parade in which people hold up St. Paul’s statue and march through the streets, as well as the religious services which take place in the Parish Church of St. Paul Shipwrecked. This parade is followed by a fantastic firework display and live music concerts provided by local bands. Dates for 2016 to be confirmed.