May Weather Averages for Budapest, Hungary
What's the weather like in Budapest in May
Budapest, Hungary, in May sees the days warm up and get sunnier. However, frequent rain and overcast skies keep the temperatures at moderate levels.
The average daily temperature is 16°C, a five-degree increase since April, but still well below the warm summer averages of 21°C in July and August. During the day, the mercury climbs to a nice average high of 21°C. At night, it drops...
What's the weather like in Budapest in May
The average daily temperature is 16°C, a five-degree increase since April, but still well below the warm summer averages of 21°C in July and August. During the day, the mercury climbs to a nice average high of 21°C. At night, it drops to a chilly, yet not too cold, 11°C. The temperature in the evening is pleasant enough to go out for a walk or sit outside in one of the terraced restaurants enjoying the beautiful views of Budapest, its people and lifestyles. Both the average daytime and nighttime temperatures rise in the course of the month. The high temperature increases from 19°C in the beginning of May to 23°C at the end, while the low temperature rises from 8°C to 12°C.
May is one of the wettest months of the year. With a total of 70mm of precipitation and 14 days with rainfall, May is, in fact, one of the three wettest months, together with August and September. The likelihood that rainfall occurs remains pretty much constant throughout the month and ranges around 57%. There are three main types of rainfall in May: moderate rain, thunderstorms and light rain, respectively occurring on 41%, 36% and 22% of the days with precipitation. Snow is exceptionally unlikely in Budapest this time of year.
The length of the days increases in the course of the month. With 14.28 hours of daylight, May 1 is the shortest day of the month. May 31 is the longest day with 15.40 daylight hours. Every day in May is 2.3 minutes longer than the day before.
As the year moves towards summer, the skies tend to open up in Budapest. May typifies that. From the beginning of the month to the end, the skies clear from 76% of cloud cover to 70% of cloud cover.
The previous two factors—longer days and clearing skies—result in much more sunshine in May than in the earlier months in the year. There are 12 sunshine hours per day on average, only two hours fewer than the annual maximum in June and July.
Budapest Hotels for May
The award-winning Brody House is housed in the historic 19th-century Tauffer Palace. Its interior is elegant and stylish, its rooms beautifully furnished. Featuring a typical bohemian style, the Brody House is a landmark accommodation in central Budapest. Not only does it offer comfortable rooms for short stays; there are also apartments available for long-term stays. There are 11 unique bedrooms, each one named after an artist—the hotel actively promotes local as well as international artists and continuously exhibits works of art, all of which are for sale. With its unique concept and bohemian feel, this is one of the hippest places to stay in Budapest.
Bars and Restaurants
Budapest is a city that enjoys a good cup of coffee and, as such, there are numerous fantastic coffee bars and cafés all over the city. One particularly fine example of a coffee shop is the Bookcafé, located on the second floor of the Alexandra bookstore, which is housed in the previous Paris Department Store. The café is incredibly ornate with its chandeliers, frescoed ceiling and walls decorated with paintings—the place really does feel like an old palace. In addition to great coffee, the Bookcafé also serves light meals, such as cheese platters, bagels and pastries. There's free Wi-Fi as well!
Things to do in Budapest in May
On May 1st, Labor Day celebrations take place in the Central Park and on Margaret Island.
May heralds the Palinka festival in Budapest. The traditional Palinka is a fruit brandy, which is celebrated at this festival. This festival provides the opportunities for tasting local food products along with the 300 different types of Palinkas. It is a complete gastronomic experience with homemade cheeses, chocolate, sausages, wine and champagne, accompanied by some good live music and other events as well.
One of Budapest's main landmarks is the Royal Palace, a prominent structure on Castle Hill that is visible from almost anywhere in the city. You should dedicated at least two days to visiting the Royal Palace, as it houses a few fine attractions that all deserve a visit—such attractions include the Hungarian National Gallery, the National Library and the Budapest History Museum.