Weather in Dover, Kent, United Kingdom in May

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Visiting Dover, Kent, United Kingdom in May

May has average maximum temperatures of 15°C (60°F) which is a little too chilly for sunbathing. The sunshine percentage is 45% making it quite sunny but with regular periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.0 hours of sunshine per day. It is not a good time for sunbathing in Dover. Sea temperatures are a cold 9°C (49°F). May is too cold for swimming in Dover for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

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

In May, the weather in Dover becomes more pleasant, with warmer and sunnier days. Sunbathing becomes more enjoyable, but the sea temperature is still quite cold for swimming, snorkeling, or diving. Windsurfing and kitesurfing continue to be popular activities on the beach during this month. Also consider one of our other suggestions for May.

Can you sunbathe in Dover in May?

No, May is not a good time for sunbathing in Dover.

May has average maximum temperatures of 15°C (60°F) which is a little too chilly for sunbathing. The sunshine percentage is 45% making it quite sunny but with regular periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.0 hours of sunshine per day.

More about May temperature and sunshine.

Can you swim in Dover in May?

No, May is too cold for swimming in Dover for any length of time, with the sea water at 9°C (49°F), unless you have a wetsuit.

More about May sea temperatures.

Is May a good time to holiday in Dover?

Probably not, May is not a good time for a holiday in Dover.

May has average maximum temperatures of 15°C (60°F) which is a little too chilly for sunbathing. The sunshine percentage is 45% making it quite sunny but with regular periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.0 hours of sunshine per day. It is not a good time for sunbathing in Dover. Sea temperatures are a cold 9°C (49°F). May is too cold for swimming in Dover for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

More about the May temperatures and sunshine.

Is Dover warm in May?

No, Dover is a little too chilly for sunbathing in May.

The average maximum temperature in Dover in May is 15°C (60°F). The average maximum temperature is 13°C (56°) in the previous month and 18°C (64°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Dover in May is 13°C (56°F). The average temperature is 11°C (51°F) in the previous month and 16°C (61°F) in the next month.

More info about the May temperatures and sunshine.

How sunny is Dover in May?

The average day light hours per day in Dover in May are 15.6. The sunshine percentage is 45% making it quite sunny but with regular periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.0 hours of sunshine per day.

More about May sunshine.

Crowds in Dover in May

May is a popular month for visiting Dover beach, with two bank holidays and warmer weather. The beach can get moderately crowded, especially during the bank holiday weekends, but it is still manageable for those seeking a beach holiday.

Temperature in Dover in May

The average maximum temperature in Dover in May is 15°C (60°F). The average maximum temperature is 13°C (56°F) in the previous month and 18°C (64°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Dover in May is 13°C (56°F). The average temperature is 11°C (51°F) in the previous month and 16°C (61°F) in the next month.

The average minimum temperature in Dover in May is 12°C (53°F). The minimum temperature is 9°C (47°F) in the previous month and 14°C (58°F) in the next month.

Sunshine in Dover in May

During May the average day light hours are 15.6 per day in Dover. The sunshine percentage is 45% making it quite sunny but with regular periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.0 hours of sunshine per day.

The ultraviolet index in Dover in May is typically 6.7 during May. An ultraviolet index reading of 6 to 7 indicates a high risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Unprotected skin risks burning in less than 20 minutes. Protection against skin and eye damage is needed. Tanning will be safest before 10am and after 4pm. 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 Dover in May

The average sea water temperature in Dover in May is 9.2°C (48.6°F) which is very cold and bracing, it's not recommended you swim with out a full wet suit.

Humidity in Dover in May

The maximum dew point (an indicator of humidity) in Dover in May is 11°C (51°F) which is very comfortable. The dew point is 8°C (47°F) in the previous month and 13°C (13°F) in the next month.

The average maximum relative humidity in Dover in May is typically 87.4%. The maximum relative humidity is 89.8% in the previous month and 86.8% in the next month.

The average relative humidity in Dover in May is typically 75.4%. The average relative humidity is 74.9% in the previous month and 75.2% in the next month.

Wind Speed in Dover in May

The average maximum wind speed in Dover in May is typically 34KM/H (21MPH). The average maximum wind speed is 32KM/H (20MPH) in the previous month and 32KM/H (20MPH) in the next month.

The average wind speed in Dover in May is typically 24KM/H (15MPH). The average wind speed is 22KM/H (14MPH) in the previous month and 22KM/H (14MPH) in the next month.

The average wind direction in Dover in May is from the South-Southwest.

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