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Chennai weather in May (Tamil Nadu, India)

What can you expect from the weather in Chennai during May? Here's what the weather might have in store during this month.

Temperatures

In May, Chennai typically experiences very high temperatures and moderate rainfall. Throughout the daytime, temperatures often hover around 36°C. However, as the sun sets and evening approaches, there's a noticeable cool-down, with temperatures gently dropping to a more temperate 29°C. On average, it is the warmest month of the year. So be prepared and pack summer clothes. Embrace the warmth, but always stay equipped with your summer essentials to make the most of this toasty month.

Precipitation

Chennai in May usually receives moderate rainfall, averaging around 40 mm for the month. Delving into the climate records from the past 30 years, one can predict that nearly 2 days of the month will see rainfall.

Average sunshine

The days are predominantly sunny, with an estimated total of around 301 hours of sunshine. This amount of sunlight does not only brightens the days but also contributes to a cheerful ambiance in the area during this month.

If you prefer dry days with pleasant temperatures, May may not be the ideal month to visit Chennai. January, February and March typically offer the most optimal weather. In contrast, May, June, October and November tend to have less optimal conditions.

For an in-depth look at the yearly conditions, visit our specialized Chennai climate page with graphs.

 

Chennai, monthly averages in May

Min TemperatureMin Temperature 29°C  
Max TemperatureMax Temperature 36°C  
Chance of RainChance of Rain 5%  
PrecipitationPrecipitation 40 mm  
Rainy daysRainy days 2 days  
HumidityHumidity 68%  
SunshineSunshine 301 hours  
Percentage SunshinePercentage Sunshine  

Where to go in India in May

Find out more about the weather in India and which places have the best travel conditions in this month.

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Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20°C and 29°C and not too much precipitation (less than 90 mm a month).

So, what should you wear in this month?

It's going to be warm! Consider airy clothing, t-shirts, and other summer clothes. Shorts for men made of cotton or linen are good options for staying cool.

What To Do

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

Swimming
10/10
Camping
9/10

Interested in more climate information?

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