Weather in Kaikoura Beach, Canterbury Region, New Zealand in May

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Visiting Kaikoura Beach, Canterbury Region, New Zealand in May

Sea temperatures are a cold 14°C (57°F). May is too cold for swimming in Kaikoura Beach for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

In May, the weather at Kaikoura Beach becomes cooler and more unpredictable, with an increased chance of rain. Swimming and sunbathing might be less enjoyable due to the cooler temperatures. Snorkeling, diving, and surfing are still possible, but the water visibility and sea conditions can be affected by the weather. Also consider one of our other suggestions for May.

Can you swim in Kaikoura Beach in May?

No, May is too cold for swimming in Kaikoura Beach for any length of time, with the sea water at 14°C (57°F), unless you have a wetsuit.

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How sunny is Kaikoura Beach in May?

The average day light hours per day in Kaikoura Beach in May are 9.7. The sunshine percentage is 67% making it sunny but overcast at times. The hours of sunshine per day are 6.5hrs.

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Crowds in Kaikoura Beach in May

May is the start of the cooler months in Kaikoura, and the beach is much less crowded during this time. The weather is less suitable for swimming and sunbathing, leading to a significant decrease in visitors. There are no major public holidays or events in May that affect the beach's crowd levels.

Sunshine in Kaikoura Beach in May

During May the average day light hours are 9.7 per day in Kaikoura Beach. The sunshine percentage is 67% making it sunny but overcast at times. The hours of sunshine per day are 6.5hrs.

The ultraviolet index in Kaikoura Beach in May is typically 1.9 during May. An ultraviolet index reading of 0 to 2 indicates low danger from the sun's UV rays for the average person. Most people will be able to spend several hours in the sun with out a problem, however unprotected skin risks burning in less than 1 hour. Wear sunglasses on bright days. Only those that burn easily will need to apply sunscreen. Watch out for relections from water that may increase ultraviolet exposure.

Sea Temperature in Kaikoura Beach in May

The average sea water temperature in Kaikoura Beach in May is 13.7°C (56.7°F) which is cold for swimming, a full wet suit is required to spend any length of time in the sea.