Phoenix Weather in May

May brings the start of 100-degree F (over 38 °C) weather to Phoenix, Arizona. May is also sunnier and drier than most other months.

This page gives detailed information on the typical May temperature, precipitation, sun, humidity, wind and storms for Phoenix.

The temperature and rainfall numbers here are historical averages based on climate data gathered in downtown Phoenix. The rest of the weather measurements are averages at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, located a few miles southeast of the city center.

Temperature Weather iconTemperature

95 °F May average high 35 °C
69 °F May average low 21 °C

In most years, Phoenix averages a daily maximum temperature for May that's between 92 and 98 degrees Fahrenheit (33 to 37 degrees Celsius). The minimum temperature usually falls between 66 and 72 °F (19 to 22 °C).

The days at Phoenix heat up most rapidly during May. By the end of the month, the temperature has climbed around 9 °F (5 °C) above what it was at the start.

24 days 90 °F max. or more (32 °C)
16 days 70 °F min. or less (21 °C)

Nearly every day in May warms to over 80 °F (27 °C) in Phoenix. The city averages 7 days this month when the thermometer spikes into the 100s °F (over 38 °C).

The thermometer dips to 60 °F (16 °C) or below on an average 2 nights. But May does not normally get as cold as 50 °F (10 °C).

Rainy Weather iconRain

0.1 in total precipitation 2 mm
1 day of rain

Most years, Phoenix gets no precipitation at all in May. About one in four years receives just 0.1 inches (3 mm) or so of rain.

Sunny Weather iconSun

93 % sunshine
21 days clear skies

The sun's rays reach the ground in Phoenix during 93 percent of daylight hours on average in May, for a total of 401 hours in the month. Typically on 21 days this month the sky is mainly clear, with at most 30 percent cloud cover.

Sunlight in May at Phoenix lasts for 13 hours and 54 minutes a day on average. The shortest day of the month is the 1st with 13 hours and 32 minutes of daylight. By the end of the month, the days have lengthened to 14:13 from sunrise to sunset. These durations can vary by a minute or two from year to year.

Humid Weather iconHumidity

22 % May average humidity

The relative humidity in Phoenix during May usually peaks at 35 percent in the morning then drops to 13 percent by late afternoon.

Local Time2 am5 am8 am11 am2 pm5 pm8 pm11 pm
Humidity % 29 35 27 18 14 13 16 22

Windy Weather iconWind

7.0 mph May wind speed average 11.3 kph

May is windier than most other months in Phoenix.

Stormy Weather iconStorms

0 days rainfall of 0.5 inches (13 mm) or more
1 day with thunderstorms in May

May is one of the least stormy months for Phoenix.


These weather data are long-term historical averages provided by the National Climatic Data Center of the United States. The temperature and precipitation numbers are 1981-2010 normals while the humidity and thunderstorm statistics are 1961-1990 normals.

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