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Visiting Cape Town, South Africa in May

May has average maximum temperatures of 20°C (68°F) which is nice and warm and makes sunbathing pleasant on clear days. The sunshine percentage is 57.2% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 5.9 hours of sunshine per day. May has total rainfall of 7.3cm (2.9inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 11.7 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days. It is a good time for sunbathing in Cape Town. Sea temperatures are a chilly 17°C (63°F). May is a little too cold to enjoy swimming in Cape Town for prolonged periods of time.

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

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Can you sunbathe in Cape Town in May?

Yes, May is a good time for sunbathing in Cape Town.

May has average maximum temperatures of 20°C (68°F) which is nice and warm and makes sunbathing pleasant on clear days. The sunshine percentage is 57.2% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 5.9 hours of sunshine per day. May has total rainfall of 7.3cm (2.9inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 11.7 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 Cape Town in May?

Probably not, May is a little too cold to enjoy swimming in Cape Town 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 Cape Town?

Yes, May is a good time for a holiday in Cape Town.

May has average maximum temperatures of 20°C (68°F) which is nice and warm and makes sunbathing pleasant on clear days. The sunshine percentage is 57.2% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 5.9 hours of sunshine per day. May has total rainfall of 7.3cm (2.9inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 11.7 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days. It is a good time for sunbathing in Cape Town. Sea temperatures are a chilly 17°C (63°F). May is a little too cold to enjoy swimming in Cape Town for prolonged periods of time.

More about the May temperatures and sunshine.

Is Cape Town warm in May?

Yes, Cape Town is nice and warm and makes sunbathing pleasant on clear days in May.

The average maximum temperature in Cape Town in May is 20°C (68°F). The average maximum temperature is 23°C (74°) in the previous month and 18°C (65°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Cape Town 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 Cape Town in May?

The average day light hours per day in Cape Town in May are 10.4. The sunshine percentage is 57.2% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 5.9 hours of sunshine per day.

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Temperature in Cape Town in May

The average maximum temperature in Cape Town in May is 20°C (68°F). The average maximum temperature is 23°C (74°F) in the previous month and 18°C (65°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Cape Town 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 Cape Town 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 Cape Town in May

During May the average day light hours are 10.4 per day in Cape Town. The sunshine percentage is 57.2% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 5.9 hours of sunshine per day.

The ultraviolet index in Cape Town in May is typically 3.9 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 Cape Town in May

The average sea water temperature in Cape Town 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 Cape Town in May

The average total rainfall in Cape Town in May is 7.3cm (2.9inches) and on average there are 11.7 rainy days in May making it a pretty wet time to visit the beach.

Humidity in Cape Town in May

The maximum dew point (an indicator of humidity) in Cape Town 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 Cape Town in May is typically 94.8%. The maximum relative humidity is 93.5% in the previous month and 94.2% in the next month.

The average relative humidity in Cape Town in May is typically 78.6%. The average relative humidity is 73.9% in the previous month and 77.3% in the next month.

Wind Speed in Cape Town in May

The average maximum wind speed in Cape Town in May is typically 27KM/H (17MPH). The average maximum wind speed is 28KM/H (18MPH) in the previous month and 26KM/H (16MPH) in the next month.

The average wind speed in Cape Town in May is typically 14KM/H (9MPH). The average wind speed is 15KM/H (9MPH) in the previous month and 14KM/H (9MPH) in the next month.

The average wind direction in Cape Town in May is from the North West.

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