May Sunshine Averages for Australian Cities





The tables here list the average amount of sun that major cities in Australia get during May. There's information on the number of sunny days and, for some cities, hours of sunshine.

All the statistics are long-term historical averages of weather data collected during 1981 to 2010.

Number of Sunny Days

In these tables, the average number of Sunny Days for a city in Australia is the total days a year when the sky is mostly clear. This includes the days that cloud covers up to one-quarter of the sky when measured at 9 am and 3 pm local time.

Partly Sunny Days have cloud covering from 25 percent to 75 percent of the sky on average at those two times. The rest of the days in a year are mainly overcast, with at least three-quarters cloud cover.

Total Days With Sun is a sum of the Sunny plus Partly Sunny days.

Days of sunshine in May
City Sunny Partly Sunny Total Days
With Sun
Adelaide, South Australia 5 11 16
Albury, New South Wales 8 10 18
Ballarat, Victoria 3 13 16
Bendigo, Victoria 8 12 20
Brisbane, Queensland 9 12 20
Cairns, Queensland 7 11 19
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 9 11 20
Darwin, Northern Territory 13 13 26
Hobart, Tasmania 4 12 16
Launceston, Tasmania 4 11 15
Mackay, Queensland 10 11 21
Days in May with sun
City Sunny Partly Sunny Total Days
With Sun
Maitland, New South Wales 9 12 21
Melbourne, Victoria 3 10 13
Newcastle, New South Wales 5 12 17
Perth, Western Australia 9 11 20
Rockhampton, Queensland 11 12 22
Rockingham, Western Australia 8 13 21
Sydney, New South Wales 9 11 20
Toowoomba, Queensland 10 13 23
Townsville, Queensland 10 11 20
Wollongong, New South Wales 10 10 20

Total Hours of Sun

Another way to look at how much sunshine a city gets is to measure the number of hours with bright sunshine. Only some of Australia's large cities have records for the total hours of sun.

Average hours of bright sunshine in May
City Day Month
Adelaide, South Australia 5 167
Brisbane, Queensland 6 198
Cairns, Queensland 7 211
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 6 189
Darwin, Northern Territory 10 304
Hobart, Tasmania 5 140
Mackay, Queensland 7 220
Perth, Western Australia 7 211
Rockhampton, Queensland 6 177
Sydney, New South Wales 6 177
Townsville, Queensland 8 239
Reference

Australian Government. Bureau of Meteorology. Climate Data Online.

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