Weather in Lake Michigan, Chicago, United States in May

Search

Best
Best
Best
Best
Tan
Tan
Tan
Tan
Tan
Sea
 
Sea
 
Sea
 
Sea
 
Sea
 
Sea
10°
 
Sea
17°
 
Sea
20°
Swim
Sea
16°
 
Sea
13°
 
Sea
 
Sea
 

Visiting Lake Michigan, Chicago, United States in May

May has average maximum temperatures of 22°C (71°F) which is nice and warm and makes sunbathing pleasant on clear days. The sunshine percentage is 62% making it sunny but overcast at times. The hours of sunshine per day are 9.0hrs making the days long and bright. May has total rainfall of 9.8cm (3.9inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 13.3 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days. It is a good time for sunbathing in Lake Michigan. Sea temperatures are a cold 5°C (41°F). May is too cold for swimming in Lake Michigan for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

Consider visiting Lake Michigan in the months of June, July, August, September, for the best beach weather.

In May, the weather at the Lake Michigan beach in Chicago becomes more pleasant, with warmer days and more sunshine. The beach may be suitable for sunbathing, but the water is still quite cold for swimming and water sports. It is a great time for beach walks, picnics, and enjoying the spring scenery. Also consider one of our other suggestions for May.

Can you sunbathe in Lake Michigan in May?

Yes, May is a good time for sunbathing in Lake Michigan.

May has average maximum temperatures of 22°C (71°F) which is nice and warm and makes sunbathing pleasant on clear days. The sunshine percentage is 62% making it sunny but overcast at times. The hours of sunshine per day are 9.0hrs making the days long and bright. May has total rainfall of 9.8cm (3.9inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 13.3 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days.

More about May temperature and sunshine.

Can you swim in Lake Michigan in May?

No, May is too cold for swimming in Lake Michigan for any length of time, with the sea water at 5°C (41°F), unless you have a wetsuit.

More about May sea temperatures.

Is May a good time to holiday in Lake Michigan?

Yes, May is a good time for a holiday in Lake Michigan.

May has average maximum temperatures of 22°C (71°F) which is nice and warm and makes sunbathing pleasant on clear days. The sunshine percentage is 62% making it sunny but overcast at times. The hours of sunshine per day are 9.0hrs making the days long and bright. May has total rainfall of 9.8cm (3.9inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 13.3 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days. It is a good time for sunbathing in Lake Michigan. Sea temperatures are a cold 5°C (41°F). May is too cold for swimming in Lake Michigan for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

More about the May temperatures and sunshine.

Is Lake Michigan warm in May?

Yes, Lake Michigan is nice and warm and makes sunbathing pleasant on clear days in May.

The average maximum temperature in Lake Michigan in May is 22°C (71°F). The average maximum temperature is 16°C (60°) in the previous month and 27°C (80°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Lake Michigan in May is 16°C (62°F). The average temperature is 11°C (51°F) in the previous month and 22°C (71°F) in the next month.

More info about the May temperatures and sunshine.

How sunny is Lake Michigan in May?

The average day light hours per day in Lake Michigan in May are 14.5. The sunshine percentage is 62% making it sunny but overcast at times. The hours of sunshine per day are 9.0hrs making the days long and bright.

More about May sunshine.

Crowds in Lake Michigan in May

In May, the weather gets warmer, and more people start visiting the beach. Memorial Day weekend, which marks the unofficial start of summer, can bring larger crowds to the beach, especially if the weather is nice.

Temperature in Lake Michigan in May

The average maximum temperature in Lake Michigan in May is 22°C (71°F). The average maximum temperature is 16°C (60°F) in the previous month and 27°C (80°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Lake Michigan in May is 16°C (62°F). The average temperature is 11°C (51°F) in the previous month and 22°C (71°F) in the next month.

The average minimum temperature in Lake Michigan in May is 11°C (52°F). The minimum temperature is 6°C (42°F) in the previous month and 17°C (63°F) in the next month.

Sunshine in Lake Michigan in May

During May the average day light hours are 14.5 per day in Lake Michigan. The sunshine percentage is 62% making it sunny but overcast at times. The hours of sunshine per day are 9.0hrs making the days long and bright.

The ultraviolet index in Lake Michigan in May is typically 8.8 during May. An ultraviolet index reading of 8 to 10 indicates a very high risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Unprotected skin risks burning in less than 15 minutes. Take extra precautions because unprotected skin and eyes will be damaged and can burn quickly. Tanning will be safest before 10am and after 4pm but only with a good application of sun screen. For those with sensitive skin stay in the shade and wear protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses. Generously apply broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every 2 hours, even on cloudy days. Watch out for relections from water that may increase ultraviolet exposure.

Sea Temperature in Lake Michigan in May

The average sea water temperature in Lake Michigan in May is 4.8°C (40.6°F) which is extremely cold and not suitable for swimming. Taking a dip at this temperature would risk hypothermia.

Rainfall in Lake Michigan in May

The average total rainfall in Lake Michigan in May is 9.8cm (3.9inches) and on average there are 13.3 rainy days in May making it a pretty wet time to visit the beach.

Humidity in Lake Michigan in May

The maximum dew point (an indicator of humidity) in Lake Michigan in May is 11°C (52°F) which is very comfortable. The dew point is 6°C (42°F) in the previous month and 17°C (17°F) in the next month.

The average maximum relative humidity in Lake Michigan in May is typically 81.4%. The maximum relative humidity is 79.4% in the previous month and 82.3% in the next month.

The average relative humidity in Lake Michigan in May is typically 61.2%. The average relative humidity is 59.9% in the previous month and 62.3% in the next month.

Wind Speed in Lake Michigan in May

The average maximum wind speed in Lake Michigan in May is typically 30KM/H (19MPH). The average maximum wind speed is 33KM/H (20MPH) in the previous month and 30KM/H (18MPH) in the next month.

The average wind speed in Lake Michigan in May is typically 15KM/H (9MPH). The average wind speed is 18KM/H (11MPH) in the previous month and 14KM/H (8MPH) in the next month.

The average wind direction in Lake Michigan in May is from the East-Southeast.

Monthly Averages

Suggested Beaches in May

Need Inspiration?

Beaches recommended for you today, this weekend, in the next 2 weeks or in any month of the year.

Booking.com Search FlightsImage

Need Inspiration?

Beaches recommended for you today, this weekend, in the next 2 weeks or in any month of the year.