Averages for Melbourne in May

Temperatures continue their downward spiral during the month of May in Melbourne as winter is just around the corner. If cool weather is not your cup of tea, you may want to consider visiting the region earlier in the month or earlier in the autumn season before conditions get too chilly. However, with fewer crowds, there are more opportunities for hotel rooms as well as shorter lines in the more popular sites.

This is also the wettest month of the year and that will need to be taken ...

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  • Temperature Temperature 14°C 57°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 17°C 63°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 10°C 50°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 5 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 68 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 14.6 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 16°C 61°F

Daily averages for Melbourne

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
°C 13 13 14 14 13 13 14 14 14 13 13 13 12 13 14 13 12 12 13 13 12 12 13 12 12 12 11 12 11 11 11
°F 55 55 57 57 55 55 57 57 57 55 55 55 54 55 57 55 54 54 55 55 54 54 55 54 54 54 52 54 52 52 52

Temperatures continue their downward spiral during the month of May in Melbourne as winter is just around the corner. If cool weather is not your cup of tea, you may want to consider visiting the region earlier in the month or earlier in the autumn season before conditions get too chilly. However, with fewer crowds, there are more opportunities for hotel rooms as well as shorter lines in the more popular sites.

This is also the wettest month of the year and that will need to be taken into consideration if you are planning a lot of outdoor adventures. On average, the region receives 68mm of precipitation over the month. This rain falls over a period of 15 days making almost half of the month wet. Some of this rain can be heavy at times. If you are looking for drier conditions, you may want to consider visiting one of the more northern cities in Australia.

There is also not a lot of sunshine during this time of the year as the region only experiences an average of 5 hours of sunshine per day. When combined with the rain and cool temperatures, now might be a good time to plan indoor activities. The average high temperature is 17°C (63°F) making a jacket or sweater necessary during the daytime hours. Overnight temperatures will fall to 10°C (50°F). Overall, the average daily temperature is just 14°C (57°F).

Swimming in the local waters during this time of the year will require a wetsuit in order to stay safe. If you dare to brave the waters, be prepared for temperatures that will average just 16°C (61°F). If beach time is your thing, you may want to visit during a warmer time of the year or at least be prepared to only spend small amounts of time among the waves. 

Where to Stay

Perfect for business or leisure travellers, the Art Series – The Blackman is an excellent choice. The hotel features a total of 209 rooms, all of which are suites and have their own private balconies. In order to better see the town, guests can choose to rent either a bicycle or a smart car to get around in. Other amenities include a gym, fully furnished kitchenette, Wifi and car parking.

For those who like the security of staying with a worldwide chain, the Melbourne Marriott Hotel is an excellent choice. Located in the central business district of the city, the hotel is within easy reach of all the major attractions. With the weather in May being on the wet side, it is nice not to have a long walk to get to where you want to go. Each room is sleek and contemporary and many offer stunning views of the city below. Guests will also enjoy the use of the pool and fitness center.

If you are in the market for a slightly smaller hotel, try the 59-room Hotel Lindrum Melbourne MGallery Collection. This boutique hotel offers the best in personalised service as well as free WiFi in each room and an on-site restaurant and bar. Guests can choose from a number of different room sizes to fit all budgets. 

Eating and Drinking Out

If you are looking for one of the best breakfast and brunch restaurants in Melbourne, you will find it at The Hardware Societe. The favorite on the menu is the lobster benedict that is not to be missed. While you are in town, go a few times and you will never be disappointed by the choices or the service.

Known as a favourite of theatregoers and those who are lovers of wine, Punch Lane is one of the most well respected restaurants in the city. Located in the heart of Melbourne's entertainment district, this cozy restaurant and wine bar offers an extensive seasonal menu that will meet just about anyone's tastes.

If you are looking for a small, intimate bar where you can savour a drink at the end of the day, you will find it at Misty. Known as an artist's bar, this unique spot is quant and hip all at the same time. With a well trained staff and excellent bartenders, all drinks are properly prepared and you will have a hard time having a bad time at this establishment. 

What to Do

Because May is the wettest month in Melbourne, now is a good time to plan some indoor events. However, getting from one site to another may be an issue, so be sure to take the City Circle Tram. Located mainly downtown, these streetcars are a great way to see the city and also easily hop from one attraction to another without risking getting too wet. As a bonus, the tram is also free to ride!

If art is one of your passions, be sure to visit the National Gallery of Victoria. Founded in 1861, it is not only the country's oldest museum, but also its most popular. With free admission, there is no reason not to spend a day or an afternoon strolling among a large collection of both Australian and international art. Tours are available and there are also special programes geared towards children.   

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