Malta Weather has the typical Mediterranean characteristics, which means that the summers are hot and dry, the autumns are periodically rainy and the winters are quite short, rainy and not too cold. The sea has a significant impact on the weather, the same way it does to most countries on the Mediterranean coast.
There are no extreme alterations in the Malta Weather, and the temperatures range from 12º C to 31ºC throughout the year. The wettest months are the ones between October and March, whereas the driest period is from June to August. The humidity is usually more than 40%. There are repeated and strong winds such as the hot humid southeasterly (xlokk, or sirocco) the cool northwesterly (majjistral) and the dry northeasterly (grigal, or gregale). Malta is a rather dry country, a most of the places on the Mediterranean coast are.
Malta Weather usually starts warming up in April and the summers are normally dry, hot and sunny, as the temperature rarely falls below 30ºC during the daytime in the summer. Additionally, it hardly ever rains between April and August, and the hottest months are July and August, when the temperature is usually above 35 ºC. With the temperatures being so high during the summer, in combination to the high humidity, makes it intolerable to stay in the sun for long and also quite hard on breathing. In particular during August and September, the humidity is so high during the night, that it can be fairly difficult to get a good night’s sleep. However, the high temperatures during daytime in summer are usually moderated by cooling sea breezes, mainly along the coast. In contrast, during spring and autumn, a very hot and dry wind from Africa called sirocco, sporadically brings unpleasantly high temperatures which stiffen up the atmosphere.
Malta Weather during the winter is normally mild, with some occasional north and northeast winds from central Europe which bring low temperatures. During daytime the temperature usually remains above 10ºC and it rarely falls below 0 ºC during night. Consequently it never snows in Malta. It sometimes gets quite windy when the wind blows from either the northeast or the northwest, which can last for up to three days. Even though most of the rainfall occurs between September and December, Malta Weather is usually sunny with average daytime temperatures around 15ºC.
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