Malta Weather May Averages, Malta
What's The Weather Like in Malta in May?
Is Malta Hot In May?
At this time of year, the average temperature for the island is around 20°C, compared to June, which has an average temperature of around 23°C. Daily highs and lows are around 24°C and 20°C respectively
Hottest and Coldest Mays In Malta
Since 1987, the highest maximum temperature which has ever been recorded in Malta in May is 37.3°C, which was registered in 2006. The lowest minimum temperature was 10.5°C, which was registered in 1992.
How Warm Is The Sea In Malta In May?
The average sea temperature for Malta in May is 19°C, which gradually rises as the month progresses. Most people will find this temperature ideal for enjoying a dip during their holiday, although some people might find it a bit too cool.
Does It Rain In Malta In May?
In May, Malta receives an average of only 9mm of rainfall divided between three rainy days.
May Sunshine Hours
Malta enjoys around 10 hours of sunshine each day in May, which is considerably higher than many other parts of central and northern Europe at this time of year.
How Humid Is Malta In May?
Thanks to the surrounding sea, the average daily relative humidity for Malta in May is 70%, which is quite high. This statistic is made up of lows of 47% (comfortable) and highs of 95% (very humid).
Is Malta Windy In May?
Over the course of a typical May in Malta, wind speeds fluctuate between 1 m/s and 7 m/s light air to moderate breeze. At this time of year, wind speeds almost never exceed 11 m/s a strong breeze.
Sirocco Wind In Malta
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, making for a general discomfort for all.
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Malta Hotels in May
Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa
Malta's economy thrives on tourism, so the accommodation options are varied and generous, despite the island's small size. Located in San Anton, the Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa should be the first choice for visitors who aren't looking to spare any expenses during their holiday. This luxury hotel boasts its very own spa and fitness centre, along with a range of onsite restaurants.
Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa
For family stays, the Maritim Antonine Hotel & Spa in Mellieha is an obvious choice. This friendly and efficient hotel comes with a range of facilities designed to make your stay as easy as possible. There's also a bespoke spa to retreat to if you're looking for a bit of rest and relaxation.
The Splendid Guest House
Those in search of a welcoming B&B should check out The Splendid Guest House in Mellieha. Perfectly placed for the resort's shopping, bars and restaurants, this makes an excellent place to unwind and relax; guests enjoy catching the sun's rays from the secluded rooftop terrace, which offers great views over Comino and Gozo.
Gozo Spirit B&B
Another bed and breakfast that's really worth a look is the Gozo Spirit B&B in Nadur. This rustic homestay oozes with character and combines modern touches with historic accommodation. A self-sufficient property, you'll have everything you could need at this place, although local amenities are only a short walk or drive away too.
115 The Strand
If your budget is limited, then consider 115 The Strand in Sliema. Comprising a number of suites, you'll find light and airy rooms in a variety of dimensions which make the hotel ideally suited to both family stays and romantic getaways. Sample the menu at their restaurant or relax in the rooftop jacuzzi and swimming pool.
Beaches in Malta for May
May is a superb time to try out Malta's beaches, for the weather is usually dry and sunny but not excessively hot. During this month, the tourist numbers are usually smaller than during the peak months of July and August, too. Qawra Point is a pleasant secluded beach surrounded by greenery and is also offers a variety of water sports.
For those based in the south of Malta, Pretty Bay at Birzeebugia is the only major beach in the area. This bay features a range of facilities along a nearby promenade and gives holidaymakers the opportunity to indulge in a swim and have a go at snorkelling.
Bars and Restaurants
There's a plethora of bars, restaurants and cafes in Malta, which will cater to all but the fussiest of eaters. Whatever you're in the mood for, the local dining scene has you covered.
Visitors looking to sample a taste of the local cuisine in a traditional setting should head to Tal-Ingliz. Located in Mgarr, it's a bit off the beaten track, but that doesn't discourage local diners, and nor should it discourage you. The dishes here are delicious and they represent classic Maltese fare in its finest form.
Flora Asian Fusion Restaurant
For an Eastern dining experience, try the Flora Asian Fusion Restaurant, based in Bugibba. This pleasing eatery brings together the flavours of China, South East Asia and Japan, and you'll find a number of favourites on the menu. The authentic sushi here comes highly recommended.
Munchies in Mellieha Bay is the place to go if you're looking for a wide range of tasty and appetising dishes. The restaurant also occupies a prime spot on the beachfront and its terrace makes a wonderful place to dine of an afternoon or evening. From seafood, salads and steaks, to a wide range of Italian-themed dishes, there is something for everyone here.
Within the St. James Centre for Creativity, Valletta's contemporary arts centre, you'll find Inspirations!, a great place to stop by for a coffee during the day or a glass of wine in the evening. The terrace overlooks an atmospheric piazza and the bombed-out ruins of the Royal Opera House.
Caffe Cordina is known as one of the island's most iconic cafes and its terrace makes a fabulous place to stop by during warm summer evenings. Sitting in the heart of the pedestrianised centre of Valletta, the cafe serves a range of light bites, meals and fine wines.
Things to do in Malta in May
Malta Falconry Centre
Wildlife-lovers should head to the Malta Falconry Centre, where falconers fly various species, giving visitors the opportunity to view them in full flight. At this time of year the Falconry Centre is open from 9am until 3pm and the main display times are 11am and 2pm. This centre also offers courses for those interested in taking up the sport.
The Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto in Zurrieq is known for its spectacular cliffs and ranks as one of the island's most striking locations. There are regular boat rides provided at this time of the year, giving you the chance to explore this stunning geographical feature in greater detail.
Gnejna Watersports at Gnejna Bay, Mgarr offers a very wide range of water sports opportunities for everyone to enjoy. It does not offer diver training, but there are guided diving and snorkelling trips offered by boat, as well as a range of adventurous boat trips such as banana boat rides, crazy sofa rides, water skiing opportunities, canoeing and kayaking.
In the case of water skiing, Gnejna Watersports also provides lessons for novices. They offer a sea taxi service to Qarraba Bay and to Ta' ensa and Fomm ir-riħ Bays and you can also hire self-drive boats that serve up to four passengers at any one time.
The main alternative is D1 Watersports at Portomaso Marina, Saint Julian's. This water sport centre offers paragliding and jet skiing, in addition to boat cruises and fishing trips, plus the likes of banana and crazy sofa rides.
For something a bit more low-key, why not spend the day exploring the streets and sights of Valletta? There's lots on offer in the historic Maltese capital, meaning that you're free to go at your own pace and do as little or as much as you like. It's definitely worth visiting one of the town's open air markets, where you can buy just about anything. Remember to take after the locals and haggle for your bargains!