Where to go in May

Are you planning a honeymoon holiday in May but not sure where to go?

If so, look no further – our warm weather world-wide guide brings you the best destinations to visit in May when the skies are mainly clear and sunny, the temperature is warm to hot (rather than scorching) and the chance of rain is minimal or not at all.

Note: Weather data shows what you can expect on average in May at each destination, including night-time low temperature, daytime high temperature, hours of sunshine, days of rainfall, total monthly rainfall and sea temperature. To see more detailed weather information click on a destination.

Asia


With the onset of the hot, wet season to most of southeast Asia only Bali in Indonesia and Nga Trang in Vietnam are good places to visit in May.

Temperature icon Temperature icon sun icon umbrella icon swimming icon
Bali 24°C (75°F) 30°C (86°F) 9 hrs 8 days ≤ 75 mm 29°C (84°F)
Nha Trang 26°C (79°F) 32°C (89°F) 8 hrs 8 days ≤ 70 mm 29°C (84°F)

Australia

May is one of the best months to visit the Red Centre, the Top End, Western Australia and northern Queensland. You can expect hot and sunny weather interspersed with occasional rain showers.

Northern Territories Temperature icon Temperature icon sun icon umbrella icon swimming icon
Darwin 22°C (71°F) 32°C (89°F) 10 hrs 2 days ≤ 9 mm 29°C (84°F)
Western Australia
Broome 18°C (64°F) 32°C (89°F) 9 hrs 1 day ≤ 1 mm 28°C (82°F)
Coral Bay 16°C (60°F) 28°C (82°F) 8 hrs 2 days ≤ 37 mm 26°C (78°F)
Exmouth 16°C (60°F) 28°C (82°F) 8 hrs 2 days ≤ 37 mm 26°C (78°F)
Monkey Mia 14°C (57°F) 27°C (80°F) 8 hrs 3 days ≤ 24 mm 23°C (73°F)
The Kimberley 12°C (53°F) 30°C (86°F) 10 hrs 0 days ≤ 0 mm
Queensland
Cairns 20°C (68°F) 27°C (80°F) 7 hrs 10 days ≤ 78 mm 26°C (78°F)
Port Douglas 23°C (73°F) 27°C (80°F) 7 hrs 8 days ≤ 67 mm 26°C (78°F)
Airlie Beach 16°C (60°F) 26°C (78°F) 7 hrs 6 days ≤ 41 mm 24°C (75°F)
Hamilton Island 21°C (69°F) 25°C (77°F) 7 hrs 11 days ≤ 95 mm 25°C (77°F)
The Whitsundays 21°C (69°F) 25°C (77°F) 7 hrs 11 days ≤ 95 mm 25°C (77°F)

South Pacific

As the wet season draws to a close, the South Pacific region sees less rainfall and increased sunshine mainly in Fiji and the French Polynesian islands of Bora Bora, Moorea and Tahiti. Elsewhere, the South Pacific is still wet.

Temperature icon Temperature icon sun icon umbrella icon swimming icon
Bora Bora 24°C (75°F) 30°C (86°F) 7 hrs 8 days ≤ 69 mm 28°C (82°F)
Moorea 23°C (73°F) 30°C (86°F) 7 hrs 7 days ≤ 60 mm 28°C (82°F)
Tahiti 23°C (73°F) 30°C (86°F) 7 hrs 7 days ≤ 63 mm 28°C (82°F)
Fiji 21°C (69°F) 30°C (86°F) 7 hrs 7 days ≤ 88 mm 27°C (80°F)

Europe

Sunny weather returns to Europe, especially in those countries bordering the Mediterranean. Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey offer favourable weather without the crowds of summer.

The warmest destinations are found in the eastern Mediterranean – although it's still cool for swimming in comfort.

Cyprus Temperature icon Temperature icon sun icon umbrella icon swimming icon
Ayia Napa 17°C (62°F) 27°C (80°F) 10 hrs 1 day ≤ 4 mm 20°C (68°F)
Paphos 15°C (59°F) 24°C (75°F) 10 hrs 2 days ≤ 6 mm 20°C (68°F)
Protaras 17°C (62°F) 27°C (80°F) 10 hrs 1 day ≤ 4 mm 20°C (68°F)
Turkey
Antalya 15°C (59°F) 26°C (78°F) 10 hrs 7 days ≤ 35 mm 21°C (69°F)
Bodrum 16°C (60°F) 26°C (78°F) 9 hrs 4 days ≤ 20 mm 19°C (66°F)
Kusadasi 15°C (59°F) 26°C (78°F) 11 hrs 5 days ≤ 26 mm 19°C (66°F)
Oludeniz 14°C (57°F) 25°C (77°F) 10 hrs 3 days ≤ 23 mm 20°C (68°F)
Marmaris 15°C (59°F) 26°C (78°F) 9 hrs 4 days ≤ 30 mm 20°C (68°F)
Side 17°C (62°F) 26°C (78°F) 11 hrs 7 days ≤ 35 mm 21°C (69°F)
Greece
Crete 16°C (60°F) 24°C (75°F) 9 hrs 2 days ≤ 15 mm 19°C (66°F)
Corfu 14°C (57°F) 24°C (75°F) 10 hrs 4 days ≤ 30 mm 18°C (64°F)
Paros 17°C (62°F) 24°C (75°F) 9 hrs 2 days ≤ 15 mm 18°C (64°F)
Rhodes 17°C (62°F) 24°C (75°F) 9 hrs 2 days ≤ 25 mm 20°C (68°F)
Santorini 17°C (62°F) 23°C (73°F) 9 hrs 2 days ≤ 15 mm 19°C (66°F)
Zakynthos 14°C (57°F) 24°C (75°F) 10 hrs 6 days ≤ 20 mm 19°C (66°F)
Italy
Amalfi Coast 15°C (59°F) 24°C (75°F) 8 hrs 6 days ≤ 40 mm 18°C (64°F)
Capri 16°C (60°F) 23°C (73°F) 8 hrs 6 days ≤ 20 mm 18°C (64°F)
Sardinia 11°C (51°F) 23°C (73°F) 8 hrs 4 days ≤ 25 mm 17°C (62°F)
Sicily 16°C (60°F) 23°C (73°F) 9 hrs 4 days ≤ 25 mm 18°C (64°F)
Spain
Alicante 14°C (57°F) 24°C (75°F) 9 hrs 4 days ≤ 30 mm 18°C (64°F)
Malaga 14°C (57°F) 25°C (77°F) 9 hrs 3 days ≤ 20 mm 17°C (62°F)
Marbella 14°C (57°F) 25°C (77°F) 9 hrs 5 days ≤ 25 mm 17°C (62°F)
Mallorca 12°C (53°F) 24°C (75°F) 9 hrs 4 days ≤ 25 mm 17°C (62°F)
Ibiza 15°C (59°F) 23°C (73°F) 9 hrs 5 days ≤ 25 mm 18°C (64°F)

Africa & Indian Ocean

Mauritius and the Seychelles – despite occasional rain showers – are excellent to visit in May.

Temperature icon Temperature icon sun icon umbrella icon swimming icon
Mauritius 21°C (69°F) 27°C (80°F) 7 hrs 3 days ≤ 18 mm 26°C (78°F)
Seychelles 25°C (77°F) 30°C (86°F) 8 hrs 9 day ≤ 70 mm 29°C (84°F)

Caribbean

With the exception of Aruba, May sees increasing rainfall prior to the onset of the wet season.

Temperature icon Temperature icon sun icon umbrella icon swimming icon
Aruba 26°C (78°F) 32°C (89°F) 8 hrs 2 days ≤ 14 mm 27°C (80°F)

North America

Hawaii and the Mexican beach resorts of Cabo San Lucas, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta offer good weather conditions in May.

Mexico Temperature icon Temperature icon sun icon umbrella icon swimming icon
Cabo San Lucas 21°C (70°F) 32°C (89°F) 9 hrs 0 days ≤ 0 mm 23°C (73°F)
Cancun 24°C (75°F) 31°C (87°F) 8 hrs 7 days ≤ 110 mm 27°C (80°F)
Puerto Vallarta 21°C (70°F) 29°C (84°F) 9 hrs 1 day ≤ 15 mm 26°C (78°F)
United States
O’ahu – Hawaii 22°C (71°F) 29°C (84°F) 9 hrs 6 days ≤ 20 mm 25°C (77°F)

Places to avoid in May


The hot, wet season has arrived for most of Africa, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean. In the South Pacific, the wet season is transitioning into the dry season.


Weather by month


Note: This weather guide is produced from meteorological data based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020, and is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in addition to data sourced from the meteorology departments of each respective country.


Latest update: Where to go in May: 22 November, 2023


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.




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