Averages for Goa in May

Weather lowdown

Even though average highs in May are the same as in April in Goa, India, the average lows are higher, which results in an increase in average temperature which increases further still as the month progresses. At this time of year, the average temperature begins at 30°C, created by highs of 33°C during the daytime and lows of 27°C after dark. This rises up to 33.5°C by the end of the month, created by highs of 33°C during the daytime and lows of 28...

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  • Temperature Temperature 30°C 86°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 33°C 91°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 28°C 82°F
  • Rainfall Rainfall 113 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 4 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 30°C 86°F

Weather lowdown

Even though average highs in May are the same as in April in Goa, India, the average lows are higher, which results in an increase in average temperature which increases further still as the month progresses. At this time of year, the average temperature begins at 30°C, created by highs of 33°C during the daytime and lows of 27°C after dark. This rises up to 33.5°C by the end of the month, created by highs of 33°C during the daytime and lows of 28°C after dark, making the final week of May the best time to visit Goa if you want to travel to the resort when temperatures are at their highest.

Although it only happens on an average of once every ten days, temperatures can sometimes rise above 35°C and drop below 25°C in Goa in May. The highest temperature ever recorded in the resort at this time of year is 45°C, whilst the lowest temperature ever registered here during this month is 18°C.

Since temperatures are relatively high in May in Goa, this month is best suited to holidaymakers who can't get enough of high temperatures and sunshine. If you plan to visit the resort at this time of year, take plenty of light and airy clothing to help you stay cool, plus sunglasses, hats and suntan lotion to avoid heatstroke and sunburn. However, if you're not a fan of the heat, forget about going to Goa in May and plan your trip for January instead, which is usually the coldest month of the year.

Since May falls just before the start of the monsoon season, Goa experiences a fair amount of rainfall during this month, although compared to Europe, this rainfall is hardly anything. At this time of year, Goa is subject to an average of 113mm/4 inches of rainfall which is divided between four rainy days. The likelihood of precipitation making an appearance during your holiday starts off at 5% on May 1st and gradually increases up to 38% by May 31st, making the first week of May the best time to visit if you want to avoid any wet weather. If you do experience some precipitation during your holiday, it will most likely be thunderstorms (which fall on 31% of days with rainfall), moderate rain (28%), light rain (17%), drizzle (16%) or heavy rain (8%).

During an average May, Goa enjoys around 12 hours of sunshine every day – that's the same as the previous month – along with an average sea temperature of 30°C – that's 1°C higher than the previous month. With so many daily sunshine hours and such a warm sea temperature, May is a great month to hit the beach, but try and avoid being out in the sun between 11am and 3pm, when the sun's rays are most powerful.

The median cloud coverage increases rapidly as May progresses, making the first week of the month the best time to go if you want to work on your tan. Median cloud cover starts off at 30% on May 1st and rises up to 57% by May 31st. May 1st is the clearest day of the month, when the sky is clear/mostly clear/partly cloudy 91% of the time and overcast/mostly cloudy 4%, whilst May 31st is the cloudiest day of the month, when the sky is overcast/mostly cloudy/partly cloudy 65% of the time and clear/mostly clear 34%.

The relative humidity for Goa in May varies from 50% (mildly humid) to 88% (very humid), rarely falling below 37% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air is driest around May 1st, when the relative humidity falls below 57% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it's at its most humid around May 6th, when it rises above 81% (humid) three days out of four.

Over the course of the month, average wind speeds fluctuate between 0 m/s (calm) and 6 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 7 m/s (moderate breeze). The highest average wind speed of 3 m/s (light breeze) happens around May 30th, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s (moderate breeze), whilst the lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s occurs around May 1st, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s.

Agonda Beach in Goa, India

Agonda Beach in Goa, India taken by Aleksandr

Where to stay

Vivanta by Taj – Fort Aguada is a luxury five-star hotel situated directly on the beach designed to help you relax and unwind. Accommodation is provided in the form of 131 guestrooms, 14 suites and separate villas. Each of the guestrooms comes with free basic WiFi access, pillow menu, TV and private bathroom with Forest Essentials toiletries, whilst each suite also offers a spacious terrace, separate bedroom and lounge and an interactive TV. Onsite dining options include Latitude restaurant which offers all-day international dining, Morisco which specialises in seafood and Il Camino which offers Italian cuisine, plus SFX nightclub and Martini Bar with alcoholic drinks and bar snacks. Other services and amenities include the Jiva Spa with massages, yoga classes, meditation rooms and beauty treatments, 24-hour fitness centre with instructor available, tennis and squash courts, swimming pool, gift shop, library and kids' club.

When it comes to modern, state-of-the-art hotels in Goa, Fahrenheit Hotels & Resorts Goa is one of the best. If you stay here, upon landing at the airport, you'll be picked up by a brand ambassador who is in charge of your comfort throughout your stay. There are five types of suite to choose from, each of which comes with Sony LED widescreens and Vaio notebooks, Bose Cinematic Professional systems, WiFi access, infra-red locking technology and air conditioning, plus unique extras which depend on which suite you choose. Within the hotel you'll find the formal gourmet Matiere restaurant, casual Solarium restaurant designed like a chic beach shack, space for private dinners outside, swimming pool, Jacuzzis, fish pedi-spa by the pool and children's activities.

For something more traditional, try Club Mahindra Varca Beach. This hotel is perfect for families and offers loads of family-friendly workshops for everything from pottery and cooking to puppet-making and show performing, plus games room with gaming consoles, sports zone with equipment available to rent and a creative corner for arts and crafts. Other services and amenities include two swimming pools, fitness centre, library, Harmony Spa-Svaastha, private beach and five dining options, including a casual beach shack and poolside café. Accommodation comes in the form of more than 200 well-appointed guestrooms, each of which comes with free WiFi access, air conditioning, kitchenette with coffee/tea making facilities and private bathroom with shower and free toiletries.

If you're travelling on a budget, take a look at the Lazy Lagoon Goa. Overlooking a natural lagoon where guests can enjoy bird watching and fishing, this hotel is within easy access of Baga Anjuna and Calagunte Beaches. Accommodation is provided in the form of superior rooms and suites. Each superior room comes with partial pool view, WiFi access, free breakfast, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV, twin beds and private bathroom with 24-hour hot water, whilst the suites offer the same facilities but are much larger and come with a separate lounge. Onsite you'll find the open-air Tavern restaurant which offers drinks, snacks and barbecued food upon request, the air-conditioned OLA lounge which serves alcoholic drinks and the international Balco restaurant which is open 24-hours. Other facilities and services include beauty salon with body treatments, swimming pool, fitness centre and free parking.

Club Mahindra Varca Beach in Goa, India

Club Mahindra Varca Beach in Goa, India taken by cerebrate_arun

Hit the beach

Bordered by Majorda Beach in the south and Arossim Beach in the north, Utorda Beach is usually fairly empty by comparison, making it a great place to spend a peaceful day. Here you'll find a long stretch of golden sand backed by tropical trees which are peppered with small beach shacks serving food and drink throughout the day. In addition to being great places to refuel, these shacks also offer toilets, sun loungers and shades. The sea here is calm and shallow most of the time, making it great for swimming, as well as the wide selection of water sports available, which include jet skiing, banana boat riding and parasailing.

Vagator Beach is split into two – one smaller beach used mainly by locals and a larger, cleaner beach primarily used by visitors. The larger beach is comprised of soft golden sand lined by clean, warm waters which are safe for swimming in and enjoying the plethora of water sports available. There are loads of beach shacks set up along here which offer all sorts of local and international cuisine, most of which also have sun loungers and shades for diners to use. If you hang around until sunset, you'll get to experience the beach party atmosphere, when the shacks start to play dance music and a nightclub vibe takes over.

Shanta Durga Temple in Goa, India

Shanta Durga Temple in Goa, India taken by Arun

Things to do

The Shantadurga Temple is a must-see during your holiday in Goa. Situated 33km north of Panaji, this temple was originally a modest mud shrine dedicated to Shantadurga, but was transformed into an impressive temple in 1730 and was again renovated in 1966. The temple is built in a fusion Indo-Portuguese style, with pyramidical shikaras rising around the entrance hall, Roman-arched stained-glass windows, chandeliers and a balustrade flat dome. The highlight of the temple is the golden palanquin which is used to carry the deity during religious festivals. The temple's surroundings are very quiet, so you can fully enjoy the religious structure and take photos without being bothered by local vendors.

The Shri Mangeshi Temple is another religious structure worthy of a visit since it's thought of as being the most important in Goa and is certainly one of the most visited. The temple is located on top of a small hill at Proil, surrounded by green gardens and features two distinctive white towers at the entrance, several domes, balustrades, pilasters, a prominent Nandi Bull, seven-storey lamp tower and a water tank which is said to be the oldest part of the temple. The main part of the Shri Mangeshi Temple is dedicated to Bhagavan Manguesh – an incarnation of Shiva – but you'll also find shrines of the God Ganesha and Goddess Parvati inside.

Seafood platter from Indiana Bar & Boat Shack in Goa, India

Seafood platter from Indiana Bar & Boat Shack in Goa, India taken by Ben

Eating and drinking out

If you're in the mood for seafood, consider dining at Bay View Shack. Located directly on Candolim Beach, this beach shack is very clean and tidy – a quality which makes it stands out from the others nearby. The food is based on fresh fish and seafood caught locally and if you go out on a fishing trip and catch some fish, the chef will even cook it for you free of charge, as long as you buy some drinks. There are also several sun loungers outside which are free for diners to use and a small selection of drinks is available, including local and imported beers, spirits, juices and cocktails.

Indiana Bar & Boat Shack on Candolim Beach is a great place to go for a bite to eat during your day at the beach. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this casual restaurant uses fresh ingredients to prepare a wide variety of Goan and international dishes, ranging from locally-caught crabs and curries to steaks and pasta. There is also a drinks menu with beers, wines, cocktails and homemade fizzy drinks, plus a dessert menu with ice cream and cakes available. Diners can choose to sit at the shaded bar or get comfy on a sun lounger or chair in the sun.

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