Malta has a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and wet, windy winters. Temperatures in the summer months are hot with average highs of 81°F in June and 87°F in July and August, but usually remain around 77°F through September. Temperatures eventually decrease in fall with highs of 82°F for September, 75°F for October and 68 °F in November. Rain, mostly from thunderstorms, gradually increases throughout October and November.
Winter in Malta is cold and wet, with temperatures averaging 61°F. January is the coldest month of the year at 54°F. December is also the wettest, averaging about 4.4 inches of rain. Spring is much drier and temperatures gradually increase an average of 61°F in March to 73°F in May.
Best Time to Visit Malta
Malta’s relatively mild climate makes it a place that welcomes tourists all year round. The peak travel season is between June and September, when the weather and sea are the warmest. However, accommodation and transportation costs are higher during summer and beaches and attractions can get quite crowded. Visitors to Malta in April, May and June can enjoy pleasant weather, flowering plants, cheaper hotel rates and fewer tourists. Fall is also a pleasant time to visit, particularly in September or October, when it is still quite warm.
February is the wettest and chilliest month in Malta. It can get quite windy and the sea is too cold for swimming. However it is also the cheapest time to visit the islands and most of the main attractions are still open, which may be ideal for travelers who like a bit of seclusion and find historic sites more atmospheric during winter weather.