Weather in Rhode Island, United States in May

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Visiting Rhode Island, United States in May

May has average maximum temperatures of 18°C (64°F) which is not that warm but sunbathing may be possible on some clear days. The sunshine percentage is 50% making it quite sunny but with regular periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.3 hours of sunshine per day. May has total rainfall of 7.6cm (3.0inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 14.9 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 Rhode Island. Sea temperatures are a cold 7°C (45°F). May is too cold for swimming in Rhode Island for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

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

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Can you sunbathe in Rhode Island in May?

No, May is not a good time for sunbathing in Rhode Island.

May has average maximum temperatures of 18°C (64°F) which is not that warm but sunbathing may be possible on some clear days. The sunshine percentage is 50% making it quite sunny but with regular periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.3 hours of sunshine per day. May has total rainfall of 7.6cm (3.0inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 14.9 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 Rhode Island in May?

No, May is too cold for swimming in Rhode Island for any length of time, with the sea water at 7°C (45°F), unless you have a wetsuit.

More about May sea temperatures.

Is May a good time to holiday in Rhode Island?

Yes, May is a slightly cool time for a holiday in Rhode Island.

May has average maximum temperatures of 18°C (64°F) which is not that warm but sunbathing may be possible on some clear days. The sunshine percentage is 50% making it quite sunny but with regular periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.3 hours of sunshine per day. May has total rainfall of 7.6cm (3.0inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 14.9 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 Rhode Island. Sea temperatures are a cold 7°C (45°F). May is too cold for swimming in Rhode Island for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

More about the May temperatures and sunshine.

Is Rhode Island warm in May?

No, Rhode Island is not that warm but sunbathing may be possible on some clear days in May.

The average maximum temperature in Rhode Island in May is 18°C (64°F). The average maximum temperature is 13°C (56°) in the previous month and 23°C (73°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Rhode Island in May is 14°C (56°F). The average temperature is 9°C (48°F) in the previous month and 18°C (65°F) in the next month.

More info about the May temperatures and sunshine.

How sunny is Rhode Island in May?

The average day light hours per day in Rhode Island in May are 14.5. The sunshine percentage is 50% making it quite sunny but with regular periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.3 hours of sunshine per day.

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Temperature in Rhode Island in May

The average maximum temperature in Rhode Island in May is 18°C (64°F). The average maximum temperature is 13°C (56°F) in the previous month and 23°C (73°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Rhode Island in May is 14°C (56°F). The average temperature is 9°C (48°F) in the previous month and 18°C (65°F) in the next month.

The average minimum temperature in Rhode Island in May is 10°C (49°F). The minimum temperature is 5°C (40°F) in the previous month and 15°C (58°F) in the next month.

Sunshine in Rhode Island in May

During May the average day light hours are 14.5 per day in Rhode Island. The sunshine percentage is 50% making it quite sunny but with regular periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.3 hours of sunshine per day.

The ultraviolet index in Rhode Island in May is typically 8.5 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 Rhode Island in May

The average sea water temperature in Rhode Island in May is 7.3°C (45.1°F) which is extremely cold and not suitable for swimming. Taking a dip at this temperature would risk hypothermia.

Rainfall in Rhode Island in May

The average total rainfall in Rhode Island in May is 7.6cm (3.0inches) and on average there are 14.9 rainy days in May making it a pretty wet time to visit the beach.

Humidity in Rhode Island in May

The maximum dew point (an indicator of humidity) in Rhode Island in May is 11°C (53°F) which is very comfortable. The dew point is 6°C (42°F) in the previous month and 17°C (17°F) in the next month.

The average maximum relative humidity in Rhode Island in May is typically 93%. The maximum relative humidity is 88.5% in the previous month and 94.8% in the next month.

The average relative humidity in Rhode Island in May is typically 77.3%. The average relative humidity is 69.6% in the previous month and 80.5% in the next month.

Wind Speed in Rhode Island in May

The average maximum wind speed in Rhode Island in May is typically 24KM/H (15MPH). The average maximum wind speed is 26KM/H (16MPH) in the previous month and 21KM/H (13MPH) in the next month.

The average wind speed in Rhode Island in May is typically 11KM/H (7MPH). The average wind speed is 13KM/H (8MPH) in the previous month and 10KM/H (6MPH) in the next month.

The average wind direction in Rhode Island in May is from the South.

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