What’s the weather like in Malta in January?
Malta is a Mediterranean archipelago that sits between Sicily and the north coast of Africa, which is a location that gives the country some of Europe’s best weather. Temperatures are pleasant throughout the mild winter, although January’s one of the wettest months of the year; rainfall often comes in short, heavy bursts though.
The Mediterranean has a big impact on Malta’s climate, moderating conditions and keeping humidity down with cooling sea breezes. Malta is fairly exposed, meaning it’s relatively windy. With Africa and the Sahara Desert close by, the weather can get very hot in Malta when the sirocco wind arrives, although this is worse over summer. Malta is relatively flat with a highest point of just over 250m, so there’s not a lot of difference in weather across regions.
The average high temperature in Malta during January is 16ºC, and there will be the chance to catch some winter sun at the beach. You should pack some warmer clothes for the evenings though, as temperatures fall to around 9ºC at night. The average sea temperature’s 17ºC, while humidity’s low and ranges from around 60% to the mid-90s. Average rainfall’s 95mm over the course of 12 days.
During January you can expect 10 hours of daylight with 5 hours of sunshine each day. UV levels are low, while sunset’s around 5pm at the beginning of the month, gradually getting later.
Things to Do
Things to do
With cooler temperatures than over the summer, January’s a great month for sightseeing in Malta. There’s some great ancient sites to visit – don’t miss the Ħagar Qim temple complex. Head to the south coast’s Blue Grotto on a clear day, or take to the seas on a sailing trip. If you’re surfing at spots such as Ghallis, Palm Beach and St Thomas you’ll probably want to wear a wetsuit. You’ll need quite a thick one if you’re thinking about doing some winter diving in Malta, with dive trips available all year round.
Where to stay
Don’t worry about the weather when you’re booking accommodation in Malta, as there’s not much difference in climate around the country. Capital city Valletta lies on the north coast of the main island, and has some impressive buildings and intricate historic streets to wander along. Further north are Sliema and St Julian’s, which are Malta’s most popular resorts despite the rocky beaches. If you prefer sandy stretches then consider Golden Bay or Ghajn Tuffieha in the north west or Mellieha Bay. Vibrant resorts Bugibba and Qawra can be found to the southeast of here, while sister island Gozo offers more relaxed vibes; northern Ramla Bay is a highlight.