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London: May Weather Averages

Daily averages for May
  Temperature 62°F


Low Temperature 50°F


  High Temperature 65°F


  Sunshine Hours 8 hrs
  Chance of Sunny Day 20 %
  Rainfall 50mm
  Rainfall days 15 days
  Chance of Rain 54 %
  Chance of Cloudy Day 27 %
  Sea Temperature 52°F


Chance of Windy Day 25 %

Daily averages for May

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
°C 13 12 12 12 12 13 14 13 13 14 13 13 13 13 13
°F 55 54 54 54 54 55 57 55 55 57 55 55 55 55 55
16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
13 13 14 14 14 14 15 15 16 15 14 15 15 15 15 15
55 55 57 57 57 57 59 59 61 59 57 59 59 59 59 59

Averages for London in May

Weather Overview

May is a very pleasant time to visit London, UK, when the weather is mild and the flowers are blooming. At this time of year, the average temperature for the month is 13°C, considerably warmer than any of the previous months. Daily highs start off at around 16°C on May 1st and gradually rise until they reach 19°C by May 31st, rarely falling under 12°C or going over 23°C. Daily lows follow a similar pattern and begin at 9°C on May 1st before rising up to 12°C by May 31st, dropping below 7°C or exceeding 14°C only one day out of every ten.

In recent times, the highest ever recorded temperature for London in May is 32°C, with the lowest ever recorded temperature being 3°C. Take a look at these temperatures alongside the average temperature for the month – 13°C – and it’s clear to see that they’re the extremes and certainly aren’t what you should be prepared for during your holiday.

With 50mm of rainfall spread across 15 days throughout the month, it’s highly likely you’ll experience at least some type of precipitation during your visit. Moderate rain is the most likely type of precipitation which tends to fall on May 2nd. This is followed by light rain which most commonly occurs around May 23rd. As the month goes on, the likelihood of rainfall varies very little, with the average probability on any given day a constant 48%. Fortunately, snowfall is almost unheard of at this time of year. If you don’t want to risk any rainfall ruining your holiday, you’re best off planning your visit for the second week in May.

London generally experiences a lot of cloud coverage throughout the year and May is no exception. The median cloud coverage for this month is 70% which does not vary substantially across the month. Despite the rain and cloudy spells, May is almost never affected by any foggy days.

At 11°C, the average sea temperature for the closest coastal location to London is significantly warmer than the previous months. In spite of the increase in temperature, the sea in May is still far too cold to enjoy a dip or swim.

Across May, the relative humidity for London fluctuates between 48% and 87%, falling below 35% or rising above 94% very rarely. The air tends to be at its driest on May 2nd when the humidity drops below 54% three days out of every four. On the other hand, the air is usually at its most humid around May 31st, when the humidity rises above 84% three days out of every four.

Just like in April, London enjoys an average of eight hours of sunshine each day throughout May. As the month progresses, the number of sunshine hours and daylight hours both rise. Between May 1st and 31st, the day increases by one hour and 26 minutes. The shortest day of the month is May 1st with 14 hours and 53 minutes of daylight and the longest day of the month is May 31st with 16 hours and 19 minutes of daylight. The earliest sunrise and latest sunset take place at 4:48am and 9:07pm, respectively, on May 31st, whilst the latest sunrise and earliest sunset take place at 5:31am and 8:24pm, respectively, on May 1st.

During May, typical wind speeds vary from 1 m/s to 6 m/s, very rarely going over 9 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s tends to occur around May 16th, during when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. The lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually falls on May 31st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. The wind direction is most commonly out of the south west, followed by the west and then the east, rarely coming out of the south east.

Crystal Palace Park in London, England

Crystal Palace Park in London, England via Ewan

Where to stay

When it comes to affordable accommodation in London, Premier Inn London Angel Islington is a great choice. This hotel is within walking distance of the O2, the N1 Shopping Centre and the Angel Tube Station from where you can reach the West End in ten minutes. Here guests can choose between double, triple, quardruple and accessible rooms, each of which features flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities, free WiFi access and private bathroom with hairdryer. Onsite services and amenities include breakfast room which serves vegetarian, full English and continental breakfast buffet options, bar which serves coffee, soft drinks and alcohol and free WiFi access throughout. Children here enjoy free breakfasts when staying with adults. Nearby points of interest include the British Museum, Covent Garden, Arsenal Football Club, Houses of Parliament, Madame Tussauds and the London Eye - all of which are within three miles of the hotel.

Premier by Eurotraveller Hotel Harrow is another top pick when it comes to low-cost accommodation in London. This newly-built high-end hotel is found in a quiet part of the city, just minutes from the South Harrow Underground Station which provides easy access to Central London where you'll find a huge choice of cafes, bars, restaurants, museums, art galleries, theatres and shops. Accommodation comes in the form of twin, double and family rooms, each of which is decorated with modern art and features flat-screen satellite TV, free WiFi access, tea/coffee making facilities and mini fridge. Within the hotel you'll find a lounge with drinks and newspapers, restaurant, bar, snack bar, paid WiFi access and free parking. Popular highlights nearby include Wembley Arena, Wembley Stadium, Harrows Golf Course and St Anne's and St George's Shopping Centre.

Located within the heart of Central London, Tune Hotel Kings Cross is a just a short distance from Kings Cross Station, St Pancras Station, the British Museum and Oxford Street. Accommodation is provided in the form of double, twin, triple and accessible rooms with or without windows, each of which features heating, tea/coffee making facilities and en-suite bathroom with shower. If you need more than the bare necessities, you can purchase optional extras, such as WiFi access, safe, TV, towels and toiletries as well. Onsite services and facilities include restaurant which offers continental breakfasts and free WiFi access throughout. Note that no parking as available. Tune Hotel Kings Cross is just a 20--minute walk from Camden, known for its colourful vibe, markets, shops and restaurants.

Families and couples who plan sightseeing during their holiday in London should check out the Premier Inn London Kensington (Olympia). Located just 15 minutes away from the Earls Court and Olympia Exhibition Centres, ten minutes from Kensington High Street where you'll find loads of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, and five minutes from the nearest tube station, this hotel is set inside a genuine Victorian building. Accommodation comes in the form of single, twin, double, quad and family rooms, each of which features air conditioning/heating, TV, tea/coffee making facilities, free WiFi access and private bathroom with shower, bath and free toiletries. Accessible rooms are also available. Onsite services and facilities include free WiFi access throughout and Thyme Restaurant which serves breakfast, snacks and evening meals. Note that no parking is available onsite.

The Holiday Inn Express London Chingford North Circular is an equally affordable and well positioned hotel, just 30 minutes away from Central London via the Victoria Line and within easy reach of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as well as the M1, M25 and M11. Here guests can choose between twin, double, family and wheelchair accessible rooms, each of which includes flatscreen TV with Freeview, tea/coffee making facilities, air conditioning/heating and private bathroom with hairdryer. Guests can also enjoy loads of added freebies, such as breakfast buffets, onsite parking, WiFi access and child places for under 18s when staying in their parents' room.Within the hotel you'll find 24-hour vending machine area, restaurant open everyday for breakfast and weekdays for dinner, and bar/coffee lounge.

London, England at night

City view of London, England at night via Altug

Things to do

The weather is quite dry and mild in London in May, so make the most of a bright and sunny day by spending it at Regent’s Park. Designed by John Nash, this park covers 395 acres and incorporates the Queen Mary’s Gardens which is home to over 30,000 roses of around 400 varieties, in addition to the restored William Andrews Nestfield’s Avenue Gardens. Regent’s Park also features excellent sports facilities which cover almost 100 acres, making it the largest outdoor sports area in Central London. But that's not all - there's also the Open Air Theatre, Primrose Hill, London Zoo and a 100+ waterfowl collection.

Musical lovers won’t want to miss the chance to see the Jersey Boys at the Prince Edward Theatre. This popular show tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons by taking the audience back to the 60s, incorporating loads of toe-tapping songs along the way, such as Can’t Take My Eye Off You and Bye Bye Baby. A great night out for anyone who loves upbeat tunes, Jersey Boys is a phenomenal combination of music, passion, rivalry and jealousy which is sure to leave you singing along.

For a museum with a difference, it’s got to be the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. Great fun for the whole family to enjoy, this museum is packed full of brands, packs, posters, adverts, fads, fashions, toys and games which combine to reveal the history of consumer culture from the Victorian era until today. With more than 12,000 original items to admire, you’ll need a fair few hours to really get the most out of your visit. After you’ve had your fill of exhibits, fill your stomach at the tea room or pop into the gift shop to snap up some retro-inspired presents for friends and family back home.

If you want to visit an art gallery, consider taking a trip to the National Portrait Gallery. Founded in 1856 to collect portraits of British people, this art gallery is now home to more than 195,000 portraits from the 16th century all the way up to the present day. In addition to the staggering number of permanent art collections, the National Portrait Gallery is also home to several temporary exhibits which change every few months.

The British Library is another attraction definitely worth a visit during your holiday. Located just a short walk away from St Pancras Station, the British Library is home to more than 150 million manuscripts, newspapers, maps, prints, magazines, drawings, patents and music scores written in a variety of languages, 8 million stamps and the world’s earliest dated printed book – the Diamond Sutra. 

The O2 Dome in London, England

The O2 Dome in London, England via Jack

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