Best Time to Visit Malta

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  • JAN Avg Daily: 16 °C Avg Nightly: 13 °C Avg Daily: 61 °F Avg Nightly: 55 °F Avg Rainfall: 95 mm
  • FEB Avg Daily: 16 °C Avg Nightly: 13 °C Avg Daily: 61 °F Avg Nightly: 55 °F Avg Rainfall: 63 mm
  • MAR Avg Daily: 20 °C Avg Nightly: 15 °C Avg Daily: 68 °F Avg Nightly: 59 °F Avg Rainfall: 37 mm
  • APR Avg Daily: 20 °C Avg Nightly: 17 °C Avg Daily: 68 °F Avg Nightly: 63 °F Avg Rainfall: 26 mm
  • MAY Avg Daily: 24 °C Avg Nightly: 20 °C Avg Daily: 75 °F Avg Nightly: 68 °F Avg Rainfall: 9 mm
  • JUN Avg Daily: 29 °C Avg Nightly: 24 °C Avg Daily: 84 °F Avg Nightly: 75 °F Avg Rainfall: 5 mm
  • JUL Avg Daily: 32 °C Avg Nightly: 27 °C Avg Daily: 90 °F Avg Nightly: 81 °F Avg Rainfall: 0 mm
  • AUG Avg Daily: 32 °C Avg Nightly: 28 °C Avg Daily: 90 °F Avg Nightly: 82 °F Avg Rainfall: 6 mm
  • SEP Avg Daily: 28 °C Avg Nightly: 25 °C Avg Daily: 82 °F Avg Nightly: 77 °F Avg Rainfall: 67 mm
  • OCT Avg Daily: 25 °C Avg Nightly: 22 °C Avg Daily: 77 °F Avg Nightly: 72 °F Avg Rainfall: 77 mm
  • NOV Avg Daily: 21 °C Avg Nightly: 18 °C Avg Daily: 70 °F Avg Nightly: 64 °F Avg Rainfall: 109 mm
  • DEC Avg Daily: 18 °C Avg Nightly: 15 °C Avg Daily: 64 °F Avg Nightly: 59 °F Avg Rainfall: 108 mm
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Marsamxett Harbour with the Valletta skyline in the backdrop

Malta is a charming small archipelago that offers a lot of activities. It has a rich history and boasts a relaxed vibe. You can see ancient structures, visit great museums and swim in a beautiful sea there. Also, you will find traces of ancient times mixing with modern structures on Malta's islands. As you get around, you can see old temples, churches and medieval forts. Coming to this UNESCO site is always the right thing. So, let's see when you should visit Malta for the best experience.

Quick facts

  • High Season: June to August
  • Low Season: December to February
  • All Seasons: June to August (high season), March to May (shoulder season), December to February (low season), and September to November (shoulder season).

The high season is the best time to visit Malta. The weather is ideal for outdoor activities, sightseeing, and swimming.

During the low season, you will have a lot of rainy days and high rainfall in Malta. Temperatures aren't especially low, but many showers occur at this time of the year. This period is the budget hunters’ season.

Coming to Malta from March to May is ideal for combining some big benefits. Prices are low and days are sunnier. Sea temperatures become suitable for swimming by the end of this season.

The period from September to November is great for visiting Malta. Sea temperatures are ideal for swimming throughout this period. As winter draws nearer, temperatures drop, and rainfall increases.

Seasonal Overview

1. June to August – High Season

Summer in Malta
Malta boasts some pristine beaches that are popular for both water sports and a lazy beach day

This time of year is the high season on the islands of Malta. Temperatures are pleasant and it rarely gets hot. Breezes from the sea cool down Malta, but humidity tends to be high. Rainfall is insignificant, so you may leave an umbrella at home. Malta is especially crowded in July and August and rates are the highest.

  • Avg. Temperature: 75° – 90°F / 24° – 32°C (in Valletta)
  • Rainfall: 10 mm
  • Season: Dry / Summer
  • Highlights: Enjoying the beaches of Malta is the best in summer. For the premium experience, go to Gozo Island, where you can find diving centers. They will take you to dive among shipwrecks and discover the rich marine life. Sea kayaking is also great. Since Malta is flat, walking around and biking are very enjoyable.

2. September to November – Shoulder Season

Fall in malta
Spots like the blue hole at Azure Window in Gozo, Malta can be all yours during Autumn

Early fall is the best time to  visit Malta for a relaxing holiday. Tourist crowds are gone and the weather is still very nice. Summer heat lingers in September while the rainy season begins in November. The countryside is colorful and skies are usually clear. Rain comes in short showers.

  • Avg. Temperature: 64° – 82°F / 18° – 28°C (in Valletta)
  • Rainfall: 250 mm
  • Season: Mostly dry / Fall
  • Highlights: Fall is the best time to visit Malta for a quiet holiday. The landscape is beautiful, the sea is warm and you will have a lot of sunny days. Much less tourists come to the beaches and to visit attractions. Hence, Malta is great in fall for sunbathing and sightseeing.

3. December to February – Low Season

Winter in Malta
Coastal regions in Malta witnesses wind that makes the sea waves several meters high

After November, December and January are the rainiest months. Strong winds go with short, yet intense showers, and you may get completely wet even if you have an umbrella. The outdated drainage system is the reason for streams flowing in the streets. In the countryside, large lakes form and traffic stops. By the seaside, winds tend to make waves several meters high. Still, winter in Malta features mild temperatures and a lot of sunshine.

  • Avg. Temperature: 55° – 64°F / 13° – 18°C (in Valletta)
  • Rainfall: 265 mm
  • Season: Wet / Winter
  • Highlights: If you don't mind a few potential inconveniences caused by rain, you can enjoy an affordable stay in Malta in winter. Christmas is a great time for visiting Malta. In February, when rainfall decreases, you can come to attend the Carnival. Except on these occasions and the New Year, prices are low.

4. March to May – Shoulder Season

spring in Malta
The Upper Barrakka Gardens in Malta, like many other Malta attractions has less crowd during Spring

In spring, you will have more sunny hours and much less rainfall. Temperatures are on the rise, tourists are few and rates are still low. If you don't mind somewhat cooler sea, you can swim in May.

  • Avg. Temperature: 59° – 75°F / 15° – 24°C (in Valletta)
  • Rainfall: 70 mm
  • Season: Dry / Spring
  • Highlights: Spring in Malta is great for a relaxing holiday. Then, you will enjoy the blossoming countryside. Also, churches, museums, forts and other attractions are empty. May is ideal for sunbathing on the beach.

Malta is a year-round destination. In summer, seaside activities are at their best. Then, you can enjoy premium swimming, diving and sunbathing. Winter is the best season for an affordable holiday. Fall is ideal for combining benefits offered by a nice weather and lower prices. Finally, for appreciating Malta's attractions absent tourist crowds, come here in spring.

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    S. Gosnell Sep 17, 2018 Reply

    With deep respect, this article is dated July 2017. I was in Malta at that time for a two-week holiday, and the heat was so sweltering and so relentless that it was impossible to be outdoors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Horrible, really. By contrast, I was there again in March of this year and had truly beautiful, glorious weather. Then I heard again from locals that this summer was "boiling." In short: the best times to visit are spring and fall. Forget about the summer.

    1. Rasmus Bookmundi Staff Sep 18, 2018 Reply

      Thank you very much for your feedback S. Gosnell. It was an extremely warm summer this year and therefore the shoulder months were indeed the best this year.

      Normally, the temperatures should be fairly pleasant on Malta, even during the summer months. That said, for anybody not happy with +30 celcius, probably the shoulder months are better.

      Thanks for the input S. Gosnell. Keep it up, and have a great day ahead.


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