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Visiting False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa in May

May has average maximum temperatures of 20°C (68°F) which is not that warm but sunbathing may be possible on some clear days. The sunshine percentage is 54% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 5.6 hours of sunshine per day. May has total rainfall of 7.9cm (3.1inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 12 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days. It is not a good time for sunbathing in False Bay. Sea temperatures are a chilly 17°C (63°F). May is a little too cold to enjoy swimming in False Bay for prolonged periods of time.

Consider visiting False Bay in the months of January, February, March, December, for the best beach weather.

May sees the onset of autumn, with cooler weather and more frequent rain showers. Swimming and sunbathing may be less appealing, but snorkeling, diving, surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing can still be enjoyed, thanks to the consistent winds and relatively calm waters. Also consider one of our other suggestions for May.

Can you sunbathe in False Bay in May?

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

May has average maximum temperatures of 20°C (68°F) which is not that warm but sunbathing may be possible on some clear days. The sunshine percentage is 54% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 5.6 hours of sunshine per day. May has total rainfall of 7.9cm (3.1inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 12 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 False Bay in May?

Probably not, May is a little too cold to enjoy swimming in False Bay for prolonged periods of time with the sea water at 17°C (63°F).

More about May sea temperatures.

Is May a good time to holiday in False Bay?

Yes, May is a good time for a holiday in False Bay.

May has average maximum temperatures of 20°C (68°F) which is not that warm but sunbathing may be possible on some clear days. The sunshine percentage is 54% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 5.6 hours of sunshine per day. May has total rainfall of 7.9cm (3.1inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 12 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days. It is not a good time for sunbathing in False Bay. Sea temperatures are a chilly 17°C (63°F). May is a little too cold to enjoy swimming in False Bay for prolonged periods of time.

More about the May temperatures and sunshine.

Is False Bay warm in May?

Yes, False Bay is not that warm but sunbathing may be possible on some clear days in May.

The average maximum temperature in False Bay in May is 20°C (68°F). The average maximum temperature is 23°C (74°) in the previous month and 18°C (64°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in False Bay in May is 15°C (59°F). The average temperature is 18°C (64°F) in the previous month and 13°C (56°F) in the next month.

More info about the May temperatures and sunshine.

How sunny is False Bay in May?

The average day light hours per day in False Bay in May are 10.4. The sunshine percentage is 54% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 5.6 hours of sunshine per day.

More about May sunshine.

Crowds in False Bay in May

May is considered the start of the low season in Cape Town, with cooler temperatures and more frequent rainfall. The beaches at False Bay are much less crowded during this month, with only a few locals and tourists visiting on warmer days. There are no major public holidays or events in May, making it a quiet month for beachgoers.

Temperature in False Bay in May

The average maximum temperature in False Bay in May is 20°C (68°F). The average maximum temperature is 23°C (74°F) in the previous month and 18°C (64°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in False Bay in May is 15°C (59°F). The average temperature is 18°C (64°F) in the previous month and 13°C (56°F) in the next month.

The average minimum temperature in False Bay in May is 11°C (51°F). The minimum temperature is 13°C (55°F) in the previous month and 9°C (47°F) in the next month.

Sunshine in False Bay in May

During May the average day light hours are 10.4 per day in False Bay. The sunshine percentage is 54% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 5.6 hours of sunshine per day.

The ultraviolet index in False Bay in May is typically 4 during May. An ultraviolet index reading of 3 to 5 indicates there is a moderate risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Keep out of the sun during the strongest hours around midday when unprotected skin risks burning in less than 30 minutes. For the sensitive 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, and after swimming or sweating. Tanning for hours is possible with the right application of sun cream. Watch out for relections from water that may increase ultraviolet exposure.

Sea Temperature in False Bay in May

The average sea water temperature in False Bay in May is 17.2°C (63.0°F) which is cool for swimming, shorty wetsuit may help you extend your time in the water.

Rainfall in False Bay in May

The average total rainfall in False Bay in May is 7.9cm (3.1inches) and on average there are 12 rainy days in May making it a pretty wet time to visit the beach.

Humidity in False Bay in May

The maximum dew point (an indicator of humidity) in False Bay in May is 13°C (56°F) which is comfortable for everyone. The dew point is 15°C (58°F) in the previous month and 12°C (12°F) in the next month.

The average maximum relative humidity in False Bay in May is typically 95%. The maximum relative humidity is 93.4% in the previous month and 94.5% in the next month.

The average relative humidity in False Bay in May is typically 79.1%. The average relative humidity is 73.8% in the previous month and 78.1% in the next month.

Wind Speed in False Bay in May

The average maximum wind speed in False Bay in May is typically 27KM/H (17MPH). The average maximum wind speed is 29KM/H (18MPH) in the previous month and 26KM/H (16MPH) in the next month.

The average wind speed in False Bay in May is typically 14KM/H (9MPH). The average wind speed is 16KM/H (10MPH) in the previous month and 14KM/H (9MPH) in the next month.

The average wind direction in False Bay in May is from the North West.

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