Averages for Florida in May
The warmest half of the year kicks off in May and this is a brilliant time to visit Florida, the most visited beach destination on the east coast of the United States. May is characterised by constantly increasing temperatures. The nighttime low temperature and daytime high temperature rise respectively by 3 and 2 degrees in the course of the month. At night, it is 18°C warm on average, while in the afternoon, the mercury climbs to a hot average high of 32°C. Temperatures in the mid-30s an...
The warmest half of the year kicks off in May and this is a brilliant time to visit Florida, the most visited beach destination on the east coast of the United States. May is characterised by constantly increasing temperatures. The nighttime low temperature and daytime high temperature rise respectively by 3 and 2 degrees in the course of the month. At night, it is 18°C warm on average, while in the afternoon, the mercury climbs to a hot average high of 32°C. Temperatures in the mid-30s and higher are absolutely no exception on May afternoons. The overall average temperature in May is 25°C, significantly warmer than it was in April. June, on the other hand, the official start of summer, will be warmer still.
The sea temperature is also pleasantly warm this time of year—all year round for that matter—and averages a delightful 27°C. Among many other things, swimming is a popular thing to do in Florida in May.
With temperatures this high, it is advisable to bring sunscreen, large hats and sunglasses to protect you from the harsh rays of the sun. And there is plenty of sunshine this month. Every day has 9 hours of sunshine on average.
This high amount of sunshine is due to two things. First, the relatively low percentage of cloud cover, which ranges between 26% in the beginning of the month and 36% at the end. Second, the ever-increasing length of the day. The days in May are among the longest of the year. May 1 is the month's shortest day with 13.15 hours of daylight, while May 31 is the longest day with 13.46 daylight hours.
While May may be one of the sunniest and warmest months of the year, it is also one of the wettest. This is the first month of the wetter half of the year in Florida. In Miami, for example, the total amount of rainfall is 173mm this month—compared with only 81mm in April—and there are 12 days with rainfall. The beginning of the month is still quite dry, but the chance that rainfall occurs increases rapidly throughout the month—it rises from 22% to 39%. In this warm and wet time of year, the most common type of rainfall is thunderstorms. They occur on no less than 62% of the days with rainfall. Light rain and moderate rain might be experienced as well, but are far less likely, respectively occurring on 22% and 10% of the rainy days. Luckily, though, those rain showers and thunderstorms tend to be very brief. Sunshine always follows rainfall in Florida!
In case you're making plans to visit Florida, you can check out the weather forecast for the "Sunshine State" on this page.
Take a stroll along the beautiful Pensacola Beach
Where to Stay
The gorgeous weather in May will make you want to stay near a beach. Pensacola would be a good option, home to many fine accommodations. The Blue Angel Inn is a Best Western hotel in Pensacola that caters toward both business travellers and tourists. There's free parking, free Wi-Fi and a free breakfast, in addition to a fitness centre, outdoor pool and a convenience store.
A recommended hotel is the Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach. Located right off the beach, which has been named as one of the best beaches in the United States, this convenient hotel offers spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico. You'll only be a few steps from the soft sand and warm tropical water that makes this place to attractive to holiday-makers.
The Hilton Pensacola Beach Hotel is arguably one of the best hotels in Pensacola. Situated right on the beach, this is the very heart of the sunbathing culture in Pensacola. Local shops and restaurants lie within easy walking distance, while the hotel's facilities are no nothing less than world-class.
Pensacola Beach, Florida
Things to Do
Crawfish lovers pack your bags and head for Pensacola, Florida, for the annual Pensacola Crawfish Festival, which takes place at the end of April or the beginning of May. More than 7,250 kilograms (16,000 pounds) of crawfish will be boiled and enjoyed at the waterfront of Bartram Park. There, you can fill your belly with crawfish pies, crawfish poboys and other Cajun fare while listening to Cajun music reminiscent of the bayous of Louisiana. Even the kids will surely enjoy this event because of the fun-filled games and activities that go on all over the place.
May in Pensacola is the perfect time to bond with the family because aside from the crawfish festival, the Children's Treasure Hunt and Sand Sculpting will be held. All these activities are part of the Fiesta of the Flags Annual Celebration commemorating the founding of Pensacola. According to Pensacola's history, five different flags have been hoisted in the city: Spanish, French, British, Confederate and American. Hence, the term "Fiesta of Five Flags".
Sunrise on the Pensacola Beach ferris wheel
Hit the Beach
May is as great a month as any other in Florida in general and Pensacola specifically to go for a swim. The sea temperature averages a pleasant 25°C, sunshine is plentiful and the afternoons are nothing less than hot. Pensacola Beach is a gorgeous stretch of blinding white sand, blue ocean water and perfect weather. Voted as one of the top 25 beaches in the United States, this fantastic beach is expansive enough for you to find both solitude and a bustling crowd, no matter what you're after.
Eating and Drinking Out
The Cubi Bar Café is in the National Naval Aviation Museum and is both a restaurant and bar, and a museum exhibition. It is decorated with memorabilia from the rich history of American aviation. It is an incredibly atmospheric place, serving deli sandwiches and desserts, and soups and salads daily—the names of the food on the menu commemorate and pay tribute to aviation (history).
For a fun night out, head to the DeLuna Lanes and Peter B's Sports Grill. This is Pensacola's most popular bowling centre, a place where you can play a leisurely game of bowling, play a videogame or game of pool in the games room, and enjoy food, drinks and a sports game at its restaurant.