May is an excellent time to visit the Seychelles as it coincides with the onset of the southeast trade winds that herald the start of the dry season.
You can expect hot, sunny days with an increase in sea breezes and the occasional brief rain shower.
How hot is it in the Seychelles in May?
Daytime high temperatures in the Seychelles average 30°C (86°F) in May, with high heat and humidity, falling to a night-time low of 25°C (77°F).
How sunny is it in the Seychelles in May?
There are normally eight hours of bright sunshine each day in the Seychelles in May – that's around 68% of daylight hours.
Sunrise & sunset in May?
Sunrise is around 6:17am with sunset around 6:12pm.
How warm is the sea around the Seychelles in May?
The average sea temperature around the Seychelles in May is 29°C (84°F).
Does it rain in the Seychelles in May?
There are usually nine days with some rain in the Seychelles in May, and the average monthly rainfall is 70mm (3in).
How windy is it in the Seychelles in May?
May sees an average wind speed of 18 kilometres per hour (11 mph; 10 knots).
What to do in the Seychelles in May?
Early to late-May is good for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving as well as surfing, hiking and game fishing. With more wind, especially in late-May, this is a great time for windsurfing and sailing. May is also good for birdwatching.
Labour Day – 1st & 2nd May.
|High Temp: 30°C (86°F)|
|Low Temp: 25°C (77°F)|
|Sunshine: 8 hours per day|
|Daylight: 12 hours per day|
|Wind speed: 18 km/h (11 mph; 10 knots)|
|Wet Days: 9 days with some rain|
|Rainfall: 70mm (3in) per month|
|Comfort Level: High heat & 80% humidity|
|UV Index: Extreme|
|Sea Temp: 29°C (84°F)|
|Mahé Island, Seychelles|
The best time to visit the Seychelles is during the dry season between May and October, when the tropical high temperatures are cooled by sea breezes.
Note: Meteorological data for the Seychelles is based on weather statistics gathered for the period 1991 to 2020, and is sourced from the Seychelles National Meteorological Services at the closest weather station, Seychelles International Airport (SEZ), located around 10km (6mi) south of the capital, Victoria, on Mahé Island. Additional climate data is sourced from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.
Latest update: Seychelles Weather in May: 4 October, 2023
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