Averages for Las Vegas in May
What's the weather like in Las Vegas in May
May is a very pleasant time to visit Las Vegas, USA, when there is loads of sunshine and the temperatures are warm. At the start of the month, the average temperature begins at 22°C (made up of highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C), rising up to 25.5°C (highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C) by the middle of the month, be...
Daily averages for Las Vegas
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What's the weather like in Las Vegas in May
May is a very pleasant time to visit Las Vegas, USA, when there is loads of sunshine and the temperatures are warm. At the start of the month, the average temperature begins at 22°C (made up of highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C), rising up to 25.5°C (highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C) by the middle of the month, before reaching the hottest at 27.5°C (highs of 34°C and lows of 21°C) by the end of the month.
Although it only occurs on an average of once every ten days, temperatures have been known to rise above 39°C and drop below 12°C during May in Las Vegas. The highest temperature ever registered in Las Vegas in May is 43°C, whilst the lowest temperature ever recorded in the city during this month is 8°C.
With average temperatures as warm as these, May is one of the best times of the year to visit Las Vegas. The pleasant temperatures and sunshine mean that you can spend plenty of time outdoors, but if the heat proves to be a bit too much for you, you can seek shade inside the city's many casinos and show venues. When you pack for your holiday, make sure you take plenty of light and airy clothing in order to keep you cool when exploring the local area.
The probability of rainfall occurring on any given day in Las Vegas in May falls as the month develops. You'll be most likely to experience precipitation on May 1st, when it falls on an average of 6% of days. This figure drops down to 5% by May 11th before plummeting down to 3% by May 24th.
The most common forms of rainfall you can expect to see during your holiday in the city this month are light rain, thunderstorms and moderate rain. Across May, Las Vegas receives an average of 6mm/0 inches of rainfall which is spread out between two rainy days.
Average Sunshine Hours
Throughout the month, the city enjoys an average of 13 hours of sunshine each day. When combined with median cloud coverage of 0%, this means you'll have plenty of chances to soak up some rays by your hotel's swimming pool.
Since it's situated in the desert, Las Vegas stays very dry all-year-round. In May, the relative humidity for the city typically falls between 11% (very dry) and 34% (comfortable), very rarely falling below 5% (very dry) or rising above 50% (comfortable). The air is most often at its driest around May 12th, when the average relative humidity falls below 15% (very dry) three days out of every four, whilst the air is usually at its most humid around May 1st, when it rises above 24% (dry) three days out of every four.
Throughout a normal May, usual wind speeds fluctuate between 0 m/s (calm) and 8 m/s (fresh breeze), rarely exceeding 12 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around May 2nd, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 8 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s occurs around May 22nd, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 8 m/s.
Las Vegas Hotels in May
Encore at Wynn
Encore at Wynn is a great place to stay if you can afford a top-end hotel. Here you'll find accommodation available at the Encore Resort and Encore Tower Suites, which feature resort, panoramic, king, parlour and salon suites, as well as two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom duplexes, providing something for all group sizes. There is a wealth of things to see and do within the hotel's grounds, with ten gourmet restaurants, eight casual eateries and six bars available onsite, in addition to three different shows, five nightclubs and one casino.
Delano Las Vegas
For another luxury hotel, check out Delano Las Vegas. This boutique hotel provides accommodation in the form of queen and king suites and strip views, panoramic suites, penthouse superior suites and even dog-friendly suites, all of which are decorated with a stylish colour palette of whites and neutrals. There are two restaurants available onsite, three bars/cafes, swimming pool, gym and spa which features 12 treatment rooms, steam rooms and saunas.
La Quinta Inn & Suites Las Vegas Red Rock Summerlin Hotel
For something a lot more budget-friendly, consider staying at La Quinta Inn & Suites Las Vegas Red Rock Summerlin Hotel. Located on the west side of Las Vegas alley in an upscale area, this non-smoking hotel provides accommodation in the form of queen and king suites, studios and accessible rooms, each of which comes with free WiFi access. The onsite amenities and services include fitness room, swimming pool and complimentary breakfast, with shopping centres, restaurants and cinemas just a short drive away.
Elara by Hilton Grand Vacations
Elara by Hilton Grand Vacations is perfect for holidaymakers who want to be in the centre of all the action. Located just off the Las Vegas strip behind Planet Hollywood, this hotel provides guests with a choice of king studios, junior, one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom suites, and accessible rooms, providing something for everyone. There is a lobby bar, oasis bar and grill and Starbucks located onsite which serve a selection of drinks and snacks, with many more cafes, bars and restaurants options available in the immediate area.
Bars and Restaurants
When it comes to top quality food in Las Vegas, it's tough to beat Roy's. Located on Flamingo Road and open throughout the week, this restaurant serves an eclectic range of international dishes, ranging from Hawaiian and Japanese starters to American and Thai main courses. Although there are no desserts available, there is a huge selection of wines and speciality cocktails.
Rollin' Smoke Barbeque
Carnivores won't want to miss out on the chance to dine at Rollin' Smoke Barbeque. Open from Monday-Thursday from 10am until 8pm and Friday-Saturday from 10am to 1.30am, this restaurant prides itself on rubbing all its own meat with its speciality dry rub. The menu features hearty meat-based sandwiches, burgers, ribs, platters and sampler dishes – all of which are cooked freshly on the barbecue.
For a stylish vintage bar, you can't beat Champagnes Café. Located on Maryland Parkway and open 24/7, this bar is decorated with velvet wallpaper and a distinctive shrine made up of a martini glass, coffee cup and cigarette in honour of the former manager – making it a very unique bar indeed! The music played mirrors the vintage décor, with Frank and Dino regularly playing on the jukebox.
Peppermill's Fireside Lounge
Peppermill's Fireside Lounge is one of the most incredible bars in Las Vegas. Known for its distinct seating arrangement, which sees plush sofas spread around indoor fire pits, and beautiful waitresses which are dressed in flamboyant outfits. The lengthy drinks menu is made up of around 56 cocktails, plus a selection of premium wines which are served by the glass.
Things to do in Las Vegas in May
Sports car enthusiasts won't want to pass up the chance to visit Dream Racing. Located on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, this speed racing company fives you the chance to get behind the wheel of a Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche, Mercedes or Corvette and race around the specially-designed track for 5-40 laps. There is a huge selection of packages available, each of which features a different high-speed car and a different number of laps, providing something for all budgets and motor preferences. You can book your experience in advance online, but reservations aren't obligatory.
Mike Hammer Comedy Show
If you're up for a laugh, consider stopping by the Mike Hammer Comedy Show. This show takes place five nights each week at the Canyon Club inside the Four Queens Hotel & Casino, between Tuesday and Saturday at 7pm. Part magician and part comedian Mike Hammer wows audiences in his 70 minute show with razor blade swallowing, mind-reading and fantastic jokes. The Mike Hammer Comedy Show is an extremely interactive show, so if you don't want to be picked on, you're best off sitting at the back.
Bellagio Botanical Garden
When it comes for something to do during the daytime in Las Vegas, consider stopping by the Bellagio Botanical Garden. Located inside the Bellagio hotel, this botanical garden is open 24-hours-a-day and displays a wide range of flowers and plants which have been collected from all over the world. Each day between 10.30am and 11.30am, Mr & Mrs Green Thumb answer questions and give gardening tips in the conservatory, whilst live music performances take place daily between 5pm and 6pm in the south garden.
May in Las Vegas signals the beginning of summer and celebrations really kick off around Memorial Day weekend as visitors flock to the city for fun and festivities. If you're looking for something to do away from the main strip, then it's a great idea to head to the shores of nearby Lake Mead, which is famous for its watersports facilities, boating and sunbathing.
Grand Canyon National Park
Hire a car and head over the border into Arizona to the Grand Canyon National Park if you're thinking of making a day trip during your visit to Las Vegas. Easily one of the most famous geographical sites in the world, the Grand Canyon never fails to amaze tourists with its scale and overwhelming natural beauty. May makes an excellent time to visit the park, since the temperatures are warm without being as overbearingly hot as some of the summer months, not to mention the fewer crowds you'll encounter.