New York City weather in May (New York State, United States of America)

You can expect very pleasant temperatures during the day in May. The average maximum daytime temperature in New York City in May lies at 21.4°C (70.52°F). The average minimum temperature goes down to around 11.2°C (52.16°F) (often the minimum temperature is noted at night).

Rainfall during May is high with an average of 93mm (3.6 inchec). There are generally around 11 rainy days. If you enjoy blue skies and sunshine, then this is a great time to go to New York City with 258 hours of sun during the entire month. May is known as one of the best months to visit New York City.


New York City, monthly averages in May

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Min Temperature 11 °C  
Max Temperature 21 °C  
Water Temperature 10 °C *  
Chance of Rain 39%  
Precipitation 92mm  
Rainy days 12 days  
Humidity 62% *  
Sunshine 258 hrs *  
Percentage Sunshine 57% *  

Where to stay in New York City

Where to go in the United States of America in May

Find out more about the weather in the United States of America in May and which places have the best weather conditions in this month.

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Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20-29ºC / 68-84ºF and not too much precipitation (less than 90mm / 3.5inches a month).

So what to wear in May? Visitors traveling to New York City should plan on bringing a totally waterproof coat since it will often be raining. However, also bring your summer cloths because it can be very nice and warm. With a water temperature of around 10.0°C (50°F), there is no need to bring your swimwear.

What To Do

We rated the following activities from 1 (least suitable) to 10 (best) to do in May.

Outdoor sports

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