New York

Avg weather in May
14 Hrs per day
103 mm per month
71 % avg
9 Mph avg


What’s the weather like in New York in May?

New York has a continental climate due to its location on the east coast of the United States; summer’s getting closer in May and the weather’s getting better. There’s rain all year round in New York, and May’s one of the wettest months, but you’ll still get plenty of warm and sunny weather if you’re going to the city in at this time.

Climatic influences

New York has four fairly distinct seasons; spring’s heading towards summer in May and things are getting nice and warm after the cold winter. The Appalachian Mountains help keep some warmth in, while offshore winds stop the Atlantic making things cooler. The city’s skyscrapers and tall buildings also help to keep some warmth in and winds at bay.


The average high temperature in New York during May is 20ºC, although it gets quite cold at night and cools to 12ºC. The usual sea temperature’s 12ºC, while humidity’s low and rainfall’s normally 114mm over 15 rainy days. You can still expect 14 hours of daylight with eight hours of sunshine each day and UV levels will be high so take some sun cream with you. The sun sets just before 8pm at the start of the month, gradually getting earlier.

Things to Do

As the weather gets hotter iconic Central Park gets busier with locals and visitors, and you’ll love spending a chilled out afternoon relaxing in the grass, watching the runners go by and enjoying some sun. Don’t forget to check out some of New York’s other attractions such as the Guggenheim and Natural History Museum, watch a Broadway musical and head over to Liberty Island or up the Empire State Building on a clear day.

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