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Climate in Malta

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Climate in Malta

The climate on the small island in the Mediterranean Sea is unique. Midsummer (July and August), when the hot African “Sirocco” winds sweep across the island, is very hot with temperatures up to 45°C and low precipitation, but it can also be very humid.

The lowest average temperature during the day is in January, which reaches approximately 15°C. Precipitation is highest from November to February; during the rest of the year, it rains very rarely in Malta.

Winter can be very cold. Short but strong rain showers hit the Maltese islands very hard, as the drainage system there is very poor. Streets become like small rivers and the water collects in the valleys to form large lakes. The winds are very strong and last until spring.

Autumn is very mild. There is little precipitation, and clear, sunny days are typical.

The best months to visit Malta are May, June, September and October, which experience temperatures of roughly 30°C around lunchtime.

In autumn and spring, the local flora flourishes and blossoms in many beautiful colours. Within only a few weeks, the bleak country transforms from dry brown to lush green.

Winter in Malta

Malta is often described as a beautiful summer country with plenty of sunshine, beaches and a blue sky. However, Malta also has a different side to it – winter. Its presence is only felt in December and it lasts until February/March. In January, winter approaches its lowest point, with the highest number of rainy days, the fewest hours of sunshine and the lowest temperatures.

How Is Winter in Malta?

There is no frost and snow, but plenty of rain and strong winds. That in itself wouldn’t be too bad, if it weren’t for some factors that make it worse. As it rains heavily only in winter on Malta, no great value was ever placed upon a functioning drainage system. That probably doesn’t sound too bad, but once you have experienced a rainy day, even with only a little rain, you’ll understand the significance of this. The streets turn into small streams and the water sometimes rises all the way up to your ankles, or even higher. In the valleys, the traffic stops entirely (Msida, close to the coast, is a good example), as all the water collects there, as it would in a large basin. On such days, it is best to stay at home and wait until the situation improves, otherwise you won t get far without getting seriously wet. Should a stormy wind arise and take your umbrella apart, you’ll soon have had enough.

The Sea in Winter

The sea can be very rough in winter, and can produce waves several meters high. In winter, large waves crash on the beaches where tourists would normally lie sunbathing in summer!

More information about the climate in Malta, Gozo and Comino: Climate in Malta

Malta in the Rain

In summer, there is very little rain in Malta. In winter, however, it rains for almost half of the month.


Month

Rainy days

January

12

February

8

March

6

April

3

May

2

June

0

July

0

August

0

September

3

October

6

November

9

December

13

In winter, it never rains but it pours! The streets turn into small streams, and in the valleys, the water collects as it would in a basin. When this happens, the traffic stops entirely for a while. The best thing to do while it rains is simply to stay at home. If you have to go outside, wear wellingtons up to your knees and take streets that don’t lead to the flooded valleys. Most drivers are usually courteous and do not speed through the large puddles when pedestrians walk past, but there are also those who have fun doing so, or don t care! If strong rains combine with a strong wind, an umbrella will prove completely useless! It simply snaps!

The Drainage System

The drainage system in Malta is outdated and in very bad condition. In summer, which has little rain, it is sufficient, but in winter, the rainwater overflows into the streets. The water is channelled directly into the sea, so after a rainstorm the water in the bays is quite brown and dirty, as all debris and filth flow in there too, without being filtered out. In my opinion, the drainage system won’t be redeveloped, as it is too expensive and doesn’t influence tourism, Malta’s main source of income. Tourists come in summer and not in winter, after all!

More information about the climate in Malta, Gozo and Comino: Climate in Malta

S. Wagner

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