What’s the weather like in Malta in May?
Malta enjoys some of Europe’s best weather because of its position in the Mediterranean Sea in between the island of Sicily and North Africa. The archipelago is close to summer in May, which sees rising temperatures. You’ll get lots of sunshine and hardly any rain if you go on holiday to Malta at this time.
The Mediterranean Sea has a big impact on Malta’s weather, and its warming up in May after the cooler spring. This helps temperatures get hotter on land, although breezes will keep you comfortable. Malta’s relatively flat and quite exposed so it can be windy, although this can be pleasant in May with the hot conditions. This also means that there’s not much difference in weather across the country. Hot winds can occasionally blow in from Africa, which can make things heat up in Malta.
You’re going to be spending lots of time sunning yourself in Malta during May, as the average high temperature is 24ºC. Although the evenings are quite pleasant you’ll probably want to pack some warmer things to wear. The average sea temperature’s 19ºC, while humidity’s low and ranges from the late-40s to early-90s(%). Average rainfall drops to just 9mm across three rainy days.
There’s plenty of sunny weather at this time, and you can look forward to 14 hours of daylight with ten long hours of sunshine each day. The UV index will rise to a very high level so take care of your skin in the sun, which sets around 8pm during May.
Things to Do
Things to do
The weather’s great in May for exploring Malta, before things get too hot at the summer’s peak. There’s some interesting ancient sites to visit such as the Ħagar Qim temple complex. Head to the Blue Grotto sea caves on the south coast or make the most of the winds on a sailing trip. If you’re a surfer then Ghallis, Palm Beach and St Thomas have good waves, while diving is popular all year round.
Where to stay
Don’t worry about the weather when booking accommodation as it’s pretty similar across Malta. There’s a lively atmosphere in capital Valletta on the north coast, along with a range of twisty historic streets and some impressive buildings. Further north you’ll find Sliema and St Julian’s, which are Malta’s most popular resorts despite the rocky beaches. If you prefer sandy beaches then head to Golden Bay or Ghajn Tuffieha in the north west, or Mellieha Bay’s lovely long beach. Bugibba and Qawra are vibrant resorts southeast of here, while the island of Gozo has a more peaceful vibe, with Ramla Bay in the north.