Let’s face it, Malta has been blessed with a benevolent Mediterranean climate, enjoying sunny days most of the year and a mild winter. However, don’t be too confident. Although far from those snowy, freezing, harsh winters typical on northern countries, sharp weather changes, high levels of humidity and chilly mornings and evenings can quickly catch you out in Malta.
So, here are a few tips to help you keep snug this winter:
• Dress in layers: Use a base of polyester, silk or some other material with the ability to keep sweat away from your skin, followed by an insulating middle layer, which will help to keep you warm. Sweaters, sweatshirts or down coats work wonders. Finally, an outer layer such as a rain jacket, and a wool or pea coat, will help you to block the wind and rain.
• Stay dry: Moisture is an absolute killer in winter. Avoid wearing garments that make you sweat, especially as a base layer. Don’t use a cotton shirt as a base, as cotton will absorb the moisture from your body but will not evaporate it.
• Protect your extremities: Extremities are singularly delicate. As the body becomes colder, blood tends to flow to the heart and vital organs in order to keep them warm, pushing extremities into the background. Gloves, woollen socks, and scarves will protect the most exposed parts of your body.
• Protect your head: Did you know that more than 30% of our body heat is lost through the head? Woollen and silk hats, even (for the very freezing days) combined with a full parka and hood, will help you to protect the most important part of your body and keep you warm.