San Francisco Weather May Averages, USA

    • Temperature Temperature 13°C 55°F
    • High Temperature High Temperature 17°C 63°F
    • Low Temperature Low Temperature 10°C 50°F
    • Day Temperature Day Temperature 16.7°C 62°F
    • Night Temperature Night Temperature 13.6°C 56°F
    • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 11 hours
    • Rainfall Rainfall 18 mm
    • Rainfall Days Rainfall Days 4 days
    • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 12°C 54°F

    San Francisco Weather for May 2023

    What's the Weather like in San Francisco in May


    The climate in May in San Francisco, USA remains similar to the weather in April, with similar temperatures although there is less rainfall this month. For visitors to the city, this month is beginning to get warmer with an average temperature of 130C although the area can see average high and low temperatures ranging from a low of 100C to a high of 170C during the day. The temperatures are gradually increasing throughout the month and towards the end of May there is a greater chance of temperatures reaching the higher averages. The highest recorded temperature in May was 380C in 2001 and the lowest temperature on record this month was in 2003 when the thermometer only reached 60C.


    Precipitation becomes less likely later in the month as the dry summer months get nearer. The average rainfall in May is 18mm during the month with rainy days experienced in around four days throughout May. It is unlikely that a heavy downpour will spoil sightseeing of visiting at this time of year, but light rain or drizzle may mean an umbrella is needed when out exploring. The wettest day recorded in May was in 1973 when 580mm rain fell, while in 2012 there was no recorded rainfall all month.

    Sunshine Hours 

    The average hours of sunshine during this month is around 11 hours with the length of the day gradually increasing by just under an hour from the beginning of the month to the end. At the start of May, sunrise is at around 6.15am while sunset is at 8pm. Cloud cover is fairly constant at about 50% so clear skies are likely to be seen on some days when visiting the city. Cloud cover decreases towards the end of the month. Humidity levels vary from 50% to 88% and the humidity generally increases towards the end of the month.

    Average Sea Temperature 

    Sea temperatures remain a chilly 120C, unchanged from the last 2 months, and it is not the best time of year to go for a swim in the bay. A 25 day forecast is available for detailed travel planning for the coming weeks.

    San Francisco Hotels in May

    Nineteen 06 hotel

    A good choice of neighbourhood to stay in during May is the Mission district. This area is known for cultural attractions, artistic community, street murals and many cafes and bars catering for a variety of budgets. The Nineteen 06 hotel is a 2.5* guesthouse with a charming local character that strives to be eco-friendly. Close to all the shops and cafes, this is a home away from home when visiting San Francisco.

    Fairmont Hotel

    Another great option is Nob Hill and the Fairmont Hotel. This is a 5* luxury hotel has fantastic panoramic views from the top of Nob Hill, and offers all the luxuries expected from a world-renowned hotel. The grandeur of the hotel is matched by its first class service and has many amenities to make your stay memorable. The hotel has bars and restaurants onsite along with a fitness centre and spa, concierge service, a business centre and meeting rooms as well as babysitting services.

    Da Vinci Villa

    The da Vinci Villa is a 3.5* hotel located at Russian Hill, an area with many cafes and restaurants. This boutique hotel opened in 2011 and is located between the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. Close to many tourist attractions and activities, this hotel is ideal for a weekend escape or a longer holiday. It offers a pool, fitness centre, concierge service, internet access and a restaurant. The hotel does not cater for pets and is non-smoking throughout. It provides activities for children and babysitting services.

    San Francisco Beach for May

    Baker Beach

    Baker Beach is a public beach on the peninsula of San Francisco. The beach lies on the shore of the Pacific Ocean in the northwest of the city. It is half a mile long, beginning just south of Golden Gate Point. The northern section of Baker Beach is considered a nudist beach.

    Bars and Restaurants

    Seven Hills

    The Seven Hills restaurant in the Nob Hill district of San Francisco, is a small restaurant with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients that showcase the best the farmers of the region have to offer. Specialising in Italian cuisine and homemade pasta, this is an ideal romantic dining experience for those looking for something quiet and intimate.

    Pub crawl SF

    Visitors looking for something a little more lively should try the Pub crawl SF. A great way to meet new people while having fun and exploring the city, this pub crawl takes in three bars and one nightclub, with exclusive drink offers and no entry fees. The guide for the evening knows the best nightspots to party and will make sure everyone has a good time and stays safe. Take your friends or meet new ones on the night.

    Things to do in San Francisco in May

    SF Food Tour

    A great way to spend a day during May is to take part in a walking tour. San Francisco is a world class culinary destination, so why not make your tour a food tour such as the SF Food Tour. This tour takes in the local bakeries, restaurants and cafes, tasting food along the way. Rather than going to the usual tourist spots, this tour takes you to the local artisans, bakers, fishermen and allows you to experience the local produce while sharing their passion for food. The founder of this company has been guiding tours for a decade, and know the city inside out with an extensive knowledge of San Francisco history and heritage.

    Marina by the bay

    For the boating enthusiasts, the Marina by the bay at Pier 39 is a great place to watch the boats dock, get involved in boating activities and relax while have a coffee. This 300 berth marina has many ways to experience the bay from powerboat rides to sailing.

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