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Visiting British Columbia, Canada in May

May has average maximum temperatures of 16°C (60°F) which is a little too chilly for sunbathing. The sunshine percentage is 51.7% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.9 hours of sunshine per day. May has total rainfall of 4.7cm (1.9inches) making it mostly dry but with short lived occasional showers. There are only 12.6 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 British Columbia. Sea temperatures are a cold 12°C (53°F). May is too cold for swimming in British Columbia for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

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

Also consider one of our other suggestions for May.

Can you sunbathe in British Columbia in May?

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

May has average maximum temperatures of 16°C (60°F) which is a little too chilly for sunbathing. The sunshine percentage is 51.7% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.9 hours of sunshine per day. May has total rainfall of 4.7cm (1.9inches) making it mostly dry but with short lived occasional showers. There are only 12.6 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 British Columbia in May?

No, May is too cold for swimming in British Columbia for any length of time, with the sea water at 12°C (53°F), unless you have a wetsuit.

More about May sea temperatures.

Is May a good time to holiday in British Columbia?

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

May has average maximum temperatures of 16°C (60°F) which is a little too chilly for sunbathing. The sunshine percentage is 51.7% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.9 hours of sunshine per day. May has total rainfall of 4.7cm (1.9inches) making it mostly dry but with short lived occasional showers. There are only 12.6 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 British Columbia. Sea temperatures are a cold 12°C (53°F). May is too cold for swimming in British Columbia for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

More about the May temperatures and sunshine.

Is British Columbia warm in May?

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

The average maximum temperature in British Columbia in May is 16°C (60°F). The average maximum temperature is 12°C (54°) in the previous month and 18°C (64°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in British Columbia in May is 12°C (54°F). The average temperature is 9°C (48°F) in the previous month and 14°C (58°F) in the next month.

More info about the May temperatures and sunshine.

How sunny is British Columbia in May?

The average day light hours per day in British Columbia in May are 15.3. The sunshine percentage is 51.7% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.9 hours of sunshine per day.

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Temperature in British Columbia in May

The average maximum temperature in British Columbia in May is 16°C (60°F). The average maximum temperature is 12°C (54°F) in the previous month and 18°C (64°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in British Columbia in May is 12°C (54°F). The average temperature is 9°C (48°F) in the previous month and 14°C (58°F) in the next month.

The average minimum temperature in British Columbia in May is 8°C (47°F). The minimum temperature is 5°C (42°F) in the previous month and 11°C (51°F) in the next month.

Sunshine in British Columbia in May

During May the average day light hours are 15.3 per day in British Columbia. The sunshine percentage is 51.7% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.9 hours of sunshine per day.

The ultraviolet index in British Columbia in May is typically 7.3 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 British Columbia in May

The average sea water temperature in British Columbia in May is 11.6°C (52.9°F) which is very cold and bracing, it's not recommended you swim with out a full wet suit.

Rainfall in British Columbia in May

The average total rainfall in British Columbia in May is 4.7cm (1.9inches) and on average there are 12.6 rainy days in May making it a pretty wet time to visit the beach.

Humidity in British Columbia in May

The maximum dew point (an indicator of humidity) in British Columbia in May is 9°C (48°F) which is a bit dry for some. The dew point is 6°C (43°F) in the previous month and 11°C (11°F) in the next month.

The average maximum relative humidity in British Columbia in May is typically 89.8%. The maximum relative humidity is 89.1% in the previous month and 90.9% in the next month.

The average relative humidity in British Columbia in May is typically 73.7%. The average relative humidity is 72.7% in the previous month and 75.4% in the next month.

Wind Speed in British Columbia in May

The average maximum wind speed in British Columbia in May is typically 21KM/H (13MPH). The average maximum wind speed is 22KM/H (13MPH) in the previous month and 21KM/H (13MPH) in the next month.

The average wind speed in British Columbia in May is typically 10KM/H (6MPH). The average wind speed is 10KM/H (6MPH) in the previous month and 11KM/H (7MPH) in the next month.

The average wind direction in British Columbia in May is from the West-Southwest.

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