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Sydney Weather in May, Australia

Sydney Averages May


  • What is Average Temperature?
    The average high temperature and the average low temperature for that month, on a daily basis, divided by 2 equals the average temperature for that month


  • What is Average High Low Temperature?
    The sum of high temperatures/low temperatures divided by the number of days in that month, recorded daily

    High Temperature

  • What is Average High Low Temperature?
    The sum of high temperatures/low temperatures divided by the number of days in that month, recorded daily

    Low Temperature

  • What is Average Day Temperature?
    The average temperature recorded between sunrise and sunset

    Day Temperature

  • What is Average Night Temperature?
    The average temperature recorded between sunset and sunrise

    Night Temperature

  • What is Average Sea Temperature?
    Average daily sea temperatures and divided by the number of days in the month. Sea Temperatures are taken from buoys, ships and even satellites can calculate sea temperature based on energy that is radiated from the sea's surface

    Sea Temperature

  • What are Average Daily Sunshine Hours?
    Total sunshine hours for the month, divided by the number of days in the month. Sunshine hours are taken with a sunshine recorder, either a Campbell-Stokes recorder or an Eppley Pyreheliometer

    Sunshine Hours

    7 hours
  • What is Average Rainfall?
    The amount of mm in rain for that month divided by the number of days, and the number of days that it rains during that month on average, over a given period of years

    Rainfall Days

    13 days
  • What is Average Rainfall?
    The amount of mm in rain for that month divided by the number of days, and the number of days that it rains during that month on average, over a given period of years


    101 mm

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Sydney Daily Averages May


May 2024
1 Avg 19º 66º
2 Avg 18º 64º
3 Avg 19º 66º
4 Avg 18º 64º
5 Avg 18º 64º
6 Avg 16º 61º
7 Avg 18º 64º
8 Avg 17º 63º
9 Avg 18º 64º
10 Avg 18º 64º
11 Avg 17º 63º
12 Avg 17º 63º
13 Avg 16º 61º
14 Avg 15º 59º
15 Avg 17º 63º
16 Avg 16º 61º
17 Avg 16º 61º
18 Avg 16º 61º
19 Avg 17º 63º
20 Avg 16º 61º
21 Avg 16º 61º
22 Avg 16º 61º
23 Avg 16º 61º
24 Avg 15º 59º
25 Avg 15º 59º
26 Avg 15º 59º
27 Avg 15º 59º
28 Avg 16º 61º
29 Avg 15º 59º
30 Avg 14º 57º
31 Avg 15º 59º
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What's The Weather Like in Sydney in May?

Sydney has a subtropical climate and is located in the Southern Hemisphere, so its seasons are reversed. May in Sydney is still autumn, so holidaymakers should expect warm days and mild nights. It's a popular time to travel as the weather is sunny and pleasant, but not as hot as summer (December - February).

How Hot Is Sydney In May?

In May, the average daytime temperatures in Sydney are generally around 16°C and hardly fall below the average low of 12°C. The peak temperature of the month can reach a pleasant 20°C.

May Sunshine Hours In Sydney 

Sydney in May is generally sunny and perfect for hitting the beach. The city will usually experience seven hours of sunshine per dayand there's a 35% chance of a sunny day.

Can You Swim In The Sea In Sydney In May?

The temperature of the sea in May is cooler than at other times of the year but is still warm enough to swim if you do decide to visit the beach. The waters around the coast of Sydney are 20°C on average in May.

Does It Rain In May In Sydney?

There is still a fair chance of rain in Sydney during the month of May. The average monthly precipitation is recorded to be around 101mm and rain or drizzle can be expected for about 13 days for the entire month. 

Hotels for Sydney in May

The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

History lovers should consider booking into the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel. Dating back to 1841, this characterful building is to be found near The Rocks and is in fact the country's oldest continually licensed hotel. The hotel's suites and rooms bring together the best of old and new, coming equipped with all the conveniences you'd expect from a luxury city centre accommodation. 

Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney - MGallery Collection

For a luxurious stay, check into the Harbour Rocks Hotel Sydney - MGallery Collection. This chic boutique-style hotel is housed inside an old industrial building and has 59 beautifully decorated rooms, along with a hip bar and restaurant. Located in The Rocks District, it is just a 15 minute walk from Sydney's major attractions including the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

ADGE Apartment Hotel

Self-catering accommodation can be a great option if you're visiting Sydney on a budget. The ADGE Apartment Hotel offers contemporary rooms that are fully equipped with an en-suite bathroom, cable TV, a private balcony and a kitchen where guests can prepared meals with fresh produce from the market. Alternatively, the hotel has an onsite restaurant serving tapas style dishes. The ADGE Apartment Hotel is located on the edge of the Central Business District.

Beaches for May for Sydney 

Manly & Bondi

Sydney is first and foremost a coastal city, and May makes a good time to pay a visit to the beach, as they're less likely to be crowded during the autumn months. Manly and Bondi are by far the city's most popular beaches and are within easy reach of the central Sydney. Swimming, surfing and bodyboarding are all options at these beaches, and there's a good range of facilities at hand. 

Shelly Beach

A beach worth visiting that's within walking distance from the main strip at Manly is Shelly Beach, while Tamarama is a similar distance from Bondi and similarly makes a great spot for bathing or swimming. One recommended itinerary would be to spend an afternoon at the beach before retiring to one of the nearby bars or bistros and eventually back towards the centre of town. 

Restaurants and Bars for Sydney in May

ARIA Restaurant

Whatever your taste or budget, Sydney is a city for food lovers and has something for everyone. If you're looking for dining with pizzazz, ARIA Restaurant is one of the most renowned restaurants in Sydney. A popular location with foodies and celebrities, this restaurant serves modern Australian cuisine by Chef Matt Moran in chic and stylish surroundings. The glass-walled dining room offers beautiful waterfront views.

The Two Good Eggs

For morning fuel, head to The Two Good Eggs in Surry Hills. This fashionable eatery is fast becoming popular among the locals and is known for its idiosyncratic decor and tasty breakfast favourites. True to its name, the eggs benedict are the cafe's biggest draw while the coffee is also delicious. 

Maestro & Co

Sydney is known for its Middle Eastern restaurants; Maestro & Co really stands out among its competitors in this category. Located in the Manly area, this serves as a great spot for a lazy lunch or or sumptuous dinner feast. The meze menu is great for sharing and you can expect Lebanese favourites such as falafel, halloumi, flatbreads and succulent grilled meats.

Alegrias Spanish Tapas

Alegrias Spanish Tapas is also a great place to dine with family and friends, thanks to its friendly atmosphere, sharing menu and Mediterranean flavours. Located in Balmain, the restaurant is known for serving generous portions and stocks a pleasing wine list alongside the food.  

Things to Do in Sydney in May

Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK

Visitors with a head for heights should try the Sydney Tower Eye and SKYWALK to take in the surroundings of the city. Lording over the city at a dizzying height of 250 metres, the Sydney Tower dominates the skyline and therefore its best viewing point. Marvel a the 360-degree views of the city and its environs, which stretch as far as 80 kilometres on sunny days. 

St. Mary's Cathedral

One of the hallmarks of Sydney's centre is St. Mary's Cathedral and its graceful interiors and impressive structure make it worthy of a visit. While it was only built in the 1930s, the cathedral is modelled on the style of an ancient European religious site and seems much older than it really is. A recommendation would be to stop by the cathedral before or after visiting the adjacent Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

A great option for families is the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. Lining the waterfront of Darling Harbour, the aquarium combines a variety of unusual and exotic sea creatures, which are divided into 14 zones. The Sydney Aquarium is home to a variety of creatures you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere, such as dugongs and platypuses. 

Dates for the Diary

Australian Fashion Week

Australian Fashion Week takes place in Sydney in May and is a must-see event for any fashionistas visiting the city. Held at the Circular Quay, the event is a week of different fashion shows featuring collections by a number of designers, and is an important event in Australia's fashion industry calendar.

Sydney Writers' Festival

Another event hosted by the creative industries in May is the Sydney Writers' Festival which takes place at a number of venues across the city. Writers from across Australia and from other parts of the world travel to Sydney to take part in the festival, which includes panel discussions, lectures and readings. 

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