September in Malta marks the month of change when the exhausting heat of summer makes way for cooler temperatures – a respite to many Maltese who, by now, have grown tired of the high temperatures and humidity which have been endured since June.
Although the heat and lack of rainfall are a big attraction for beach-going tourists during June, July and August, September brings slightly lower temperatures which make the climate less harsh and much more comfortable.
From the highs of around 35C in July and August, the daily high in early September is around 30 – 32C, dropping back to 28-29C later in the month. There are typically around 9 hours of daily sunshine, with UV levels still high, so it’s important to wear sunscreen and sunglasses. For beach and swimming pool lovers, September is still a great month for a holiday soaking up the sun along Malta’s coast or at one of the hotels. Sea temperatures are still high at around 24C, so taking a dip is very comfortable at this time of year. Many scuba and snorkeling fans prefer taking to the water now rather than in the summer months.
September marks the first rains after the scorching dry period which generally starts in May. The parched, brown, thirsty Maltese landscape starts to turn a vivid shade of green later in the month, when the ground is woken from its summer slumber. Hay fever sufferers should bring a good antihistamine with them to combat the scourge of their allergies, which affect many Maltese and tourists alike. The September rains usually come in short bursts and average rainfall for the month is around 70 mm.
People choosing to holiday in Malta in September should bring a waterproof and a light jacket for evening, as well as the usual beachwear. The weather can be changeable and sometimes quite windy.