May has got off to a good fair weather start despite the forecast saying ‘changeable’. In fact, the last week of April saw us suddenly basking in summer temperatures and rushing to the beach (if we weren’t rushing to get all those DIY, gardening, and other jobs done that indicate the onset of summer).
With luck, we’ll have seen the last of those murky, blustery Saharan sand storms with messy spattering rain. But not necessarily. Though thankfully, we certainly won’t be in for those floods that the UK and other parts of northern Europe are having as we write. What is it generally like in May? Good to know if you’re heading to Malta for a late spring holiday to enjoy the last days of green countryside before the scorched, parched earth of summer. Here, our weather man Tony Muscat of it-Temp.com gives the general outlook for May in Malta. Tony provides our daily weather – see sidebar below – from his own sophisticated home weather station.
May is a great time of year in Malta. This is when rainfall diminishes to a minimal 10mm (compare that to 61mm in Manchester), and there is a comfortably warm average daytime temperature of 24C. The countryside will still be green just before its starts to get scorched brown in the summer sun, and one can still stroll around in a T-shirt very comfortably.
There will be an average of 10 hours of sunshine a day during the month of May, enabling one to fill up ones days with outdoor activities from early morning till late. In fact, at 3,000 hours, Malta has one of the highest number of hours of sunshine a year in Europe. This is nearly double the number when compared to other northern European countries. London, for example, has 1,461 hours of sunshine a year.
Even the most popular beaches will still be quiet as Maltese will not venture into the sea with a temperature of 18C. Tourists may be more brave though.
Photo: courtesy Susan Attard.