Malta’s diving weather

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Malta’s weather and climate are strongly influenced by the sea and have all the characteristic of the Mediterranean feeling.

The climate is typically Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers, warm and wet autumns, and cool winters.

The temperature is quite stable, the annual being 18ºC (64ºF) and the monthly averages ranging from 12º C (54ºF) to 31ºC (88ºF). Winds are strong and frequent; the most common is the cool north westerly, the dry north easterly, and the hot humid south easterly .

Winter can be quite mild with only rare occurrence of cold weather brought by north and north east winds from central Europe; daytime temperatures nearly never fall below 10ºC (50ºF), while night-time winter temperatures almost never fall below 0ºC (32ºF).

Summer is warm, dry and very sunny. The weather usually starts to warming up at the end of April, . It rarely rains from May to August. July and August are Malta’s hottest months with daytime temperatures usually above 30ºC (86ºF) and quite often also above 35ºC (95ºF). In Malta humidity is rather high, (due to the fact that Malta is an island). The summer’s sun can sometimes feel quite irritating, making it quite often unbearable to stay in the sun. In August and September, when there is high humidity in the air; it can be intolerable at night. However, daytime temperatures in summer are usually mitigated by cooling sea breezes, especially along the coast.

Annual rainfall in Malta is rather low – approximately 600mm (24 inches) and the length of the dry season in summer is longer than in southern Italy. Malta has a very sunny climate with an average of five to six hours of sunshine a day in midwinter and over twelve hours a day in mid-summer.