Cook Islands weather in May

May is the start of the winter dry season, with slightly cooler temperatures, less rainfall and good deals on flights and accommodation – May is considered the shoulder season in the Cook Islands.

How hot is it in the Cook Islands in May?
Daytime temperatures average a high of 27°C (80°F) in the Cook Islands in May, with moderate heat and humidity, falling to a night-time low of 21°C (69°F).

How sunny is it in the Cook Islands in May?
There are normally five hours of bright sunshine each day in the Cook Islands in May – that's around 45% of daylight hours.

Sunrise & sunset in May?
Sunrise is around 7:05am with sunset around 6:05pm.

How warm is the sea in the Cook Islands in May?
The average sea temperature in the Cook Islands in May is 26°C (78°F), which is very pleasant for swimming.

Does it rain in the Cook Islands in May?
Monthly rainfall in the Cook Islands in May averages 134mm (5in), distributed across 10 days on average.

How windy is it in the Cook Islands in May?
May sees an average wind speed of around 22 kilometres per hour (14 mph; 12 knots). The predominant average wind direction in the Cook Islands is from the east.

What to do in the Cook Islands in May?
May offers a good combination of weather for a range of water sports, including swimming, scuba diving and snorkelling.

Local holidays?

Cook Islands – May Weather Averages

Temperature icon High Temp: 27°C (80°F)
temperature icon Low Temp: 21°C (69°F)
sun icon Sunshine: 5 hours per day
Moderately hot icon
Daylight: 11 hours per day
umbrella icon Wet Days: 10 days with some rain
rain cloud Rainfall: 134 mm (5 in) per month
Moderate heat icon Comfort Level: High heat; ≤ 23 muggy days
Moderately hot icon
UV Index: Medium
wind icon Wind speed: 22 km/h (14 mph; 12 knots)
swimming icon Sea Temp: 26°C (78°F)
Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Best time to visit the Cook Islands

The best time of year to visit the Cook Islands is during the winter dry season from June through September.

However, for warmer weather visit in April and May, or in October and November when you can expect higher temperatures but also the probability of more rain showers.

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Cook Islands weather by month

Source: Meteorological data for the Cook Islands is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1992 to 2021 by the Cook Islands Meteorological Service at the closest weather station: Rarotonga International Airport (RAR), located less than 3km (2mi) west of Avarua Harbour. Additional climate data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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: Cook Islands weather in May: 12 June, 2024

Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data and conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable. We assume no responsibility and can not be held legally responsible for any decisions made on the basis of the information presented on this site.