May Sunshine Averages for Australian Cities





The data here describe the amount of sun that major cities in Australia get during May. There are lists with the average number of sunny days, cloudy days, and for some cities, hours of sunshine.

All the measurements are long-term historical averages of weather data collected during 1991 to 2020.

Sunny and Cloudy Days

Sunny Days data here represent the average number of days this month 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. Cloudy Days are average monthly totals of when cloud covers 75 percent or more of the sky at those two times.

Days of sun and cloud in May
City Sunny Cloudy
Adelaide, South Australia 5 15
Ballarat, Victoria 3 14
Bendigo, Victoria 8 11
Bundaberg, Queensland 11 7
Cairns, Queensland 8 12
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 10 10
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 11 9
Darwin, Northern Territory 15 4
Hobart, Tasmania 4 16
Launceston, Tasmania 5 15
Average number of days in May with sun or cloud
City Sunny Cloudy
Mackay, Queensland 10 10
Maitland, New South Wales 9 10
Melbourne, Victoria 3 18
Newcastle, New South Wales 6 14
Perth, Western Australia 9 11
Rockhampton, Queensland 11 8
Sydney, New South Wales 10 11
Toowoomba, Queensland 10 8
Townsville, Queensland 10 11

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 6 171
Cairns, Queensland 7 220
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 6 198
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 7 214
Darwin, Northern Territory 10 301
Mackay, Queensland 7 229
Melbourne, Victoria 5 146
Perth, Western Australia 7 214
Sydney, New South Wales 7 205
Townsville, Queensland 8 245
Reference

Australian Government. Bureau of Meteorology. Climate Data Online.

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