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Malta Weather, climate and geography

Weather and climate

Best time to visit

Summer is May-October and the hottest months are July to September when temperatures can reach 30+ degrees. In winter, the days are mild but the evenings can be quite chilly due to slightly stronger winds.

Malta's beaches welcome scores of sun worshippers throughout the summer, while windsurfers prefer the stronger winds of the winter months. The island can get pretty packed during the summer so if sightseeing is your main aim, visit outside of peak season when it is sunny but cooler.

Required clothing

Lightweight cottons and linens are worn between March and September, although warmer clothes may occasionally be necessary in spring and autumn and on cooler evenings. A light raincoat is advisable for winter.

Geography

The Maltese archipelago is situated in the centre of the Mediterranean, with the largest inhabited island, Malta, lying 93km (58 miles) south of Sicily and 290km (180 miles) from North Africa. Gozo and Comino are the only other inhabited islands. The landscape of all three is characterised by low hills with terraced fields.

Malta the largest island and the cultural and commercial centre, has a rolling terrain and a largely rugged coastline, indented with harbours, bays, creeks, sandy beaches and rocky coves. It has no mountains or rivers. Gozo is connected to Malta by ferry and is more verdant, with many flat-topped hills and craggy cliffs. Comino, the smallest island, is connected to Malta and Gozo by ferry and is very sparsely populated.

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