Averages for Los Angeles in May

Weather Lowdown

Los Angeles in May has a similar climate to that of April, but the main difference is that May is drier with less rainfall. The average rainfall during May is only about 10mm with rain falling over two days in the whole month.

The average daily high temperature reaches about 22°C (about 72°F) and only gets down to around 12°C (around 54°F) at night. The overall average temperature for May is 17°C (about 63°F). I...

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  • Temperature Temperature 17°C 63°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 22°C 72°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 12°C 54°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 13 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 10 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 2 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 16°C 61°F

Weather Lowdown

Los Angeles in May has a similar climate to that of April, but the main difference is that May is drier with less rainfall. The average rainfall during May is only about 10mm with rain falling over two days in the whole month.

The average daily high temperature reaches about 22°C (about 72°F) and only gets down to around 12°C (around 54°F) at night. The overall average temperature for May is 17°C (about 63°F). In May, each day sees on average 13 hours of sunshine, plenty of time to enjoy all of the outdoor activities Los Angeles has to offer. Your chance of having a sunny day on any given day in May is 46 percent. The plentiful sunshine means you'll want to pack plenty of sunscreen to protect yourself.

The chance of rain on any day in May is six percent, while the chance of a cloudy day is 19 percent. With the low chance of rain, you more than likely won't need to carry an umbrella or rain coat. Check the local forecast each day to be sure.

T-shirts and long-sleeved items made of light material would be appropriate at this time of year, and although there is little risk of rain, you should keep in mind the cooler temperatures in the evenings. Inland the temperatures will be higher than on the coast, so keep that in mind and pack accordingly if you're traveling between the two.

The average sea temperature is still just 16°C (about 61°F), so while the water is starting to warm up, it would be best to remain on dry land if visiting a Los Angeles beach in May, unless you are a keen surfer or like watersports. The weather does lend itself to lots of sunbathing and playing in the sand, however.

Where to Stay

Sitting in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles, the Hotel Palomar Los Angeles not only has a central location, it provides luxurious accommodations. As a guest, you will enjoy a complimentary hosted evening wine hour and BLVD 16, a restaurant using locally-sourced, Californian food ingredients. The entire hotel is pet-friendly, with no extra fees or size restrictions and special amenities just for your furry companion like in-room bowls for food and water and a pet bed.

Mr. C Beverly Hills is steps away from the opulence of Rodeo Drive and brings that chic sophistication to guests with elegant, well-appointed rooms. Each room has a private balcony with views of Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. Other amenities include private poolside cabanas, a classic Italian restaurant and state-of-the-art fitness center.

Bringing country hospitality to the heart of Los Angeles, the Farmer's Daughter Hotel mixes modern and rustic for a unique hotel experience. The rooms come with custom furnishings, original art and local California bath products. Nearby, you will find the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Sunset Strip and The Grove entertainment complex.

Things to Do

For a taste of flamboyant Mexican culture, the Cinco De Mayo celebration is usually the first weekend in May, and in the United States is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Huge events happen all over the city, like Cinco de Mayo at Olvera Street. This event includes a traditional Cinco de Mayo celebration with mariachis, folklorico dancers, piñatas and lots of kids' activities.

The Getty Center combines art, architecture and gardens and provides a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors. From the museum full of permanent and traveling exhibits and art pieces to the central garden with beautiful plants, flowers and trees, the Getty Center offers a little bit of something for everyone.

Traditional Mexican Food Fajitas

Fajitas, traditonal Mexican food.

Hit the Beach

Torrance Beach in the city of Torrance includes swimming, surfing, scuba diving, volleyball courts and The Strand, an accessible walkway. The beach also has restrooms and showers for visitors and numerous restaurants are nearby for convenient places to eat.

Found in Playa del Rey, Dockweiler Beach offers plenty for the active-minded. The beach has fire rings, picnic areas, swimming, surfing, volleyball courts, a bike path and even hang gliding. For convenience, the beach also has restrooms, showers and an RV campground.

Eating & Drinking Out

Serving dinner and weekend brunch, Animal stays true to its name, serving a variety of unusual meat dishes. Specialty dishes include veal brains, poutine with oxtail gravy, pig ear, and fried rabbit legs. The restaurant uses only organic and grass fed meat from local farmers.

Michael Voltaggio is the brainchild and chef behind ink., a hip dining experience in Los Angeles. The dishes at ink. mix different food genres and cuisines for one-of-kind meals. The sister restaurant to ink., ink.sack. serves artisanal sandwiches like cold fried chicken, spicy tuna and veggie banh mi.

Created by famed Los Angeles chef, Sang Yoon, Lukshon gives customers a taste of authentic Southeast Asian dishes. It also offers an extensive wine, beer and cocktail menu with drinks that complement and enhance the main dishes. Open for lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, Lukshon is located in Culver City. 

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