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Visiting Cape Hatteras, Cape Hatteras Island, United States in May

May is one of the best months to visit Cape Hatteras for the best beach weather. It has the most sunshine and best sunbathing and swimming conditions of the year.

May has average maximum temperatures of 24°C (75°F) which is nice and warm and makes sunbathing pleasant on clear days. The sunshine percentage is 72% making it sunny and pleasant most of the time. The hours of sunshine per day are 10.1hrs making the days very long and bright. May has total rainfall of 9.3cm (3.7inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 10.3 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days. Sea temperatures are a moderate 21°C (70°F). May is a pleasant month for swimming in Cape Hatteras though some people may prefer warmer water.

Also consider visiting Cape Hatteras in one of the other best months of June, July, August, for the best beach weather.

May is a lovely month to visit Cape Hatteras, as the weather becomes warmer and sunnier. Swimming and sunbathing become more enjoyable during this month, and water activities such as snorkeling, diving, surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing are popular due to the pleasant weather and water temperatures. A wetsuit may still be needed for some water activities, especially early in the month. Also consider one of our other suggestions for May.

Can you sunbathe in Cape Hatteras in May?

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

May has average maximum temperatures of 24°C (75°F) which is nice and warm and makes sunbathing pleasant on clear days. The sunshine percentage is 72% making it sunny and pleasant most of the time. The hours of sunshine per day are 10.1hrs making the days very long and bright. May has total rainfall of 9.3cm (3.7inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 10.3 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 Hatteras in May?

Yes, May is a pleasant month for swimming in Cape Hatteras with moderate sea temperatures 21°C (70°F).

More about May sea temperatures.

Is May a good time to holiday in Cape Hatteras?

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

May has average maximum temperatures of 24°C (75°F) which is nice and warm and makes sunbathing pleasant on clear days. The sunshine percentage is 72% making it sunny and pleasant most of the time. The hours of sunshine per day are 10.1hrs making the days very long and bright. May has total rainfall of 9.3cm (3.7inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 10.3 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days. Sea temperatures are a moderate 21°C (70°F). May is a pleasant month for swimming in Cape Hatteras though some people may prefer warmer water.

More about the May temperatures and sunshine.

Is Cape Hatteras warm in May?

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

The average maximum temperature in Cape Hatteras in May is 24°C (75°F). The average maximum temperature is 20°C (67°) in the previous month and 28°C (82°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Cape Hatteras in May is 21°C (69°F). The average temperature is 16°C (60°F) in the previous month and 25°C (77°F) in the next month.

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How sunny is Cape Hatteras in May?

The average day light hours per day in Cape Hatteras in May are 14. The sunshine percentage is 72% making it sunny and pleasant most of the time. The hours of sunshine per day are 10.1hrs making the days very long and bright.

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Crowds in Cape Hatteras in May

In May, the warmer weather attracts more visitors to the beach, and the Memorial Day weekend may bring an increase in crowds. However, the beach is still not extremely crowded, and there are no major events during this month.

Temperature in Cape Hatteras in May

The average maximum temperature in Cape Hatteras in May is 24°C (75°F). The average maximum temperature is 20°C (67°F) in the previous month and 28°C (82°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Cape Hatteras in May is 21°C (69°F). The average temperature is 16°C (60°F) in the previous month and 25°C (77°F) in the next month.

The average minimum temperature in Cape Hatteras in May is 17°C (63°F). The minimum temperature is 12°C (54°F) in the previous month and 22°C (71°F) in the next month.

Sunshine in Cape Hatteras in May

During May the average day light hours are 14 per day in Cape Hatteras. The sunshine percentage is 72% making it sunny and pleasant most of the time. The hours of sunshine per day are 10.1hrs making the days very long and bright.

The ultraviolet index in Cape Hatteras in May is typically 10 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 Cape Hatteras in May

The average sea water temperature in Cape Hatteras in May is 21°C (69.8°F) which is comfortable for swimming though some may prefer warmer water.

Rainfall in Cape Hatteras in May

The average total rainfall in Cape Hatteras in May is 9.3cm (3.7inches) and on average there are 10.3 rainy days in May making it a pretty wet time to visit the beach.

Humidity in Cape Hatteras in May

The maximum dew point (an indicator of humidity) in Cape Hatteras in May is 18°C (64°F) which is OK for most but slightly uncomfortable for some. The dew point is 14°C (57°F) in the previous month and 22°C (22°F) in the next month.

The average maximum relative humidity in Cape Hatteras in May is typically 89.5%. The maximum relative humidity is 89.2% in the previous month and 90.4% in the next month.

The average relative humidity in Cape Hatteras in May is typically 75.6%. The average relative humidity is 73.8% in the previous month and 77.3% in the next month.

Wind Speed in Cape Hatteras in May

The average maximum wind speed in Cape Hatteras 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 Cape Hatteras in May is typically 15KM/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 Cape Hatteras in May is from the South-Southwest.

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