Every year, tourists flock to Malta for Easter, many expecting a Mediterranean holiday in the sun, but at this time of year, the weather can be unpredictable with a run of warm, sunny days often interrupted with strong winds and showers. With Easter falling in March or April, early Spring can bring average daytime temperatures of between 17-19C, with lows of around 10-12C at night, but exceptions are likely. In 2010, the highest temperature recorded to date was in February when the thermometer touched 24C, so this Easter may be slightly warmer than normal.
The past winter has been fairly dry, but visitors should pack an umbrella just in case of rain this Easter; nevertheless March and April average 5-7 hours of sunshine per day. The weather at Easter lends itself to outdoor activities such as walking and cycling, with temperatures not yet too hot to see the islands on foot. At Easter time, the islands are at their best, with a riot of colour from spring flowers, such as orchids and poppies, in bloom along country lanes, hillsides and fields. The Comino ferry service at Marfa starts up again in Spring, and this is a great opportunity to visit this tranquil island before the hordes of tourists arrive to soak up the sun and swim in the in The Blue Lagoon.
Sea temperatures at Easter are still on the low side, and at around 15-16C are still a bit too cold for most people to brave a dip, although on warmer days a few people can be seen swimming at popular beaches such as Golden Bay and Mellieha. With some of the clearest seas in the Mediterranean, diving is a popular activity all year round. Being a small island, Malta can be subject to some strong winds and these are typically from the North-West. Winds from the South often bring warmer weather to Malta, and occur fairly regularly in the spring. All in all, the Easter climate can bring the unexpected so prepare for any eventuality by packing clothes for a variety of weather conditions.