Weather in May in Australia

Many people wonder what kind of weather they can expect in May in Australia. Is this month a good time to go to Australia? To answer that question we created this page with all the information you need.

What is the weather like in Australia in May?

The weather conditions in Australia in May range from poor to perfect depending on the destination.

During May in Australia, the average temperature ranges from low in Mount Buller with 6°C (43°F) to very high in Darwin with 32°C (90°F). Minimum nighttime temperatures generally drop to 22°C (72°F) in Darwin and 1°C (34°F) in Mount Buller.

Precipitation in May ranges from low in Halls Creek with an average of 13mm (0.5inch) rainfall to heavy in Margaret River with 160mm (6.3inch). It is the driest month of the year in Melbourne. It is also generally a moderate sunny month with an average of 140 hours of sunshine in Melbourne during the whole month.

We invite you to have a look at the map below to find out more about the different weather conditions per location in Australia.

Where to go in Australia in May

Find the average weather conditions in May for the most popular destinations in Australia on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailed information.

Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
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 / 3.5inch a month).

Popular destinations in Australia

What is the weather like in May for the 5 most popular destinations in Australia?

Average weather in Melbourne

In May Melbourne generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 18°C (64°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 9°C (47°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant that month.

Melbourne
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   April April
<<  
21°C / 70°F 
10°C / 50°F 
180 hours 
44mm / 1.7inch 
10 days 
18°C / 64°F 
9°C / 47°F 
140 hours 
35mm / 1.4inch 
11 days 
June   >> June
>>  
15°C / 59°F 
7°C / 44°F 
123 hours 
43mm / 1.7inch 
12 days 
Climate in Melbourne

Average weather in Sydney

In May Sydney generally has pleasant temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 21°C (70°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 12°C (54°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant that month.

Sydney
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   April April
<<  
24°C / 74°F 
15°C / 59°F 
192 hours 
115mm / 4.5inch 
8 days 
21°C / 70°F 
12°C / 54°F 
180 hours 
101mm / 4inch 
8 days 
June   >> June
>>  
18°C / 65°F 
10°C / 50°F 
186 hours 
144mm / 5.7inch 
9 days 
Climate in Sydney

Average weather in Gold Coast

In May Gold Coast generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 24°C (75°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 16°C (60°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Gold Coast
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   April April
<<  
26°C / 79°F 
19°C / 65°F 
210 hours 
121mm / 4.8inch 
9 days 
24°C / 75°F 
16°C / 60°F 
201 hours 
99mm / 3.9inch 
8 days 
June   >> June
>>  
21°C / 71°F 
13°C / 55°F 
195 hours 
121mm / 4.8inch 
7 days 
Climate in Gold Coast

Average weather in Brisbane

In May Brisbane generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 25°C (76°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 14°C (57°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Brisbane
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   April April
<<  
27°C / 81°F 
18°C / 64°F 
239 hours 
65mm / 2.6inch 
7 days 
25°C / 76°F 
14°C / 57°F 
199 hours 
62mm / 2.4inch 
6 days 
June   >> June
>>  
22°C / 72°F 
12°C / 54°F 
241 hours 
69mm / 2.7inch 
7 days 
Climate in Brisbane

Average weather in Perth

In May Perth generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 22°C (72°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 10°C (51°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Perth
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   April April
<<  
26°C / 79°F 
14°C / 56°F 
251 hours 
36mm / 1.4inch 
8 days 
22°C / 72°F 
10°C / 51°F 
208 hours 
88mm / 3.5inch 
15 days 
June   >> June
>>  
20°C / 67°F 
9°C / 48°F 
178 hours 
126mm / 5inch 
17 days 
Climate in Perth

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Is May the best time to go to Australia?

In our opinion May is a good time to visit Australia with commonly pleasant weather in Melbourne. However, the weather conditions may vary depending on your destination.

On average the best time to visit Australia is in January, February, March, April, October, November and December with generally perfect weather in Melbourne. The worst months are June, July and August that can have tolerable weather conditions.

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