New Caledonia weather in May

May is a good time to visit New Caledonia, as it falls during the transition between the hot, wet season and the cool, dry season.

You can expect warm weather and sea breezes with around five hours of sunshine daily interspersed by tropical rain showers at any time of the day.

How hot is it in New Caledonia in May?
Maximum daytime temperatures in Nouméa, New Caledonia in May reach an average high of 26°C (79°F), with moderate heat and humidity, and low of 17°C (62°F).

What does the humidity feel like in New Caledonia in May?
The average dew point temperature in Nouméa, New Caledonia in May is 18°C (64°F), which is starting to feel humid – although comfortable for most. 

There are on average 19 days in May that may feel humid or muggy.

How sunny is it in New Caledonia in May?
There are normally 5.5 hours of sunshine each day in Nouméa, New Caledonia in May – that's around 52% of daylight hours.

Sunrise & sunset in May?
Sunrise is around 6:20am with sunset around 5:20pm.

How warm is the sea around New Caledonia in May?
The average sea temperature in New Caledonia in May is 25°C (77°F), which is warm enough for swimming.

Does it rain in New Caledonia in May?
There are usually seven days with some rain in New Caledonia in May; the average monthly rainfall is 98mm (3.8in).

How windy is it in New Caledonia in May?
May sees an average hourly wind speed of 22 kilometres per hour (12 knots; 14 mph).

What to do in New Caledonia in May?
Despite the occasional rain showers, the cooler weather conditions in May are good for hiking, climbing, cycling, horseback riding, sailing and surfing.

May also sees the annual New Caledonia Triathlon, with more than 300 athletes competing in several categories.

Local holidays?
Public holidays are held on 1st May – Labour Day; 8th May – VE Day (Victory in Europe Day – WWII); and in late-May for Ascension.

New Caledonia weather in May

Temperature icon High Temp: 26°C (79°F)
temperature icon Low Temp: 17°C (62°F)
sun icon Sunshine: 5.5 hours per day
Moderately hot icon
Daylight: 11 hours per day
wind icon Wind speed: 22 km/h (12 knots; 14 mph)
umbrella icon Wet Days: 7 days with some rain
rain cloud Rainfall: 98 mm (3.8 in) per month
Low heat icon Comfort Level: Low heat; ≤ 19 muggy days
Moderately hot icon
UV Index: High
swimming icon Sea Temp: 25°C (77°F)
Nouméa, New Caledonia

Best time to visit New Caledonia

The best time to visit New Caledonia is from June through December, when the days are warm and sunny, with little or no rain on most days.

But overall, with a sunny year-round subtropical climate, New Caledonia is good to visit at anytime of the year.

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New Caledonia weather by month

Source: Meteorological data for New Caledonia is based on weather statistics gathered during 2012 to 2021 by Météo France en Nouvelle-Calédonie at the closest weather station: La Tontouta International Airport (NOU), also known as Nouméa – La Tontouta International Airport, located 37km (23mi) northwest of Nouméa.

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. Dew point temperature measures moisture content in the atmosphere: a higher dew point feels more humid, while a lower dew point feels drier.

Latest update: New Caledonia weather in May: 13 June, 2024

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