Malta has a typical Mediterranean climate, influenced by the sea. The Islands are sunny: 6 hours per day in mid-winter to 12 hours in summer. Temperatures vary from 22ᵒ-33ᵒC in the summer to 10ᵒ-18ᵒC during wintertime. Water temperature varies depending on the season but never drops below 14ᵒC. The best time for Diving Malta is from May to October.
Winters are mild, with the occasional short chilly period brought about by the north and north easterly winds from central Europe. Summers are hot, dry and very sunny. Day-time temperatures in summer are often mitigated by cooling sea breezes, but in spring and autumn a very hot wind from Africa occasionally brings high temperatures and humidity. This is known as the Sirocco. Annual rainfall is low, averaging 568mm, and the length of the dry season in summer is longer than in neighbouring Italy.
The Islands are at their most beautiful in spring, adorned with a carpet of wild herbs and flowers – perfect for hiking.