San Francisco Weather in May
San Francisco, California enjoys sunny and dry weather during May along with mild temperatures.
This page gives detailed information on the typical May temperature, precipitation, sun, humidity, wind and storms for San Francisco.
The temperature, rainfall, sunshine and wind speed numbers here are historical averages based on climate data gathered in downtown San Francisco near the corner of Buchanan and Hermann Streets. The rest of the measurements are averages at the San Francisco International Airport, located south of the city center.
|64 °F||May average high||18 °C|
|51 °F||May average low||11 °C|
In most years, San Francisco averages a daily maximum temperature for May that's between 62 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit (17 to 19 degrees Celsius). The minimum temperature usually falls between 49 and 53 °F (10 to 12 °C).
The days at San Francisco warm a little during May. By the end of the month, the temperature has climbed around 2 °F (1 °C) above what it was at the start.
|23 days||60 °F max. or more (16 °C)|
|12 days||50 °F min. or less (10 °C)|
Usually every day during May the temperature rises to over 50 °F (10 °C) in San Francisco. The city averages 5 days this month when the thermometer reaches into the 70s °F (over 21 °C). Temperatures above 90 °F (32 °C) rarely happen during May.
The thermometer dips to 60 °F (16 °C) or below every night this month. But May does not normally get as cold as 40 °F (4 °C).
|0.7 in||total precipitation||18 mm|
|4 days||of rain|
Half the time, San Francisco receives 0.1 to 1 inch (3 to 24 mm) of rainfall in May. One in four years has drier weather, while another one in four is wetter.
|14 days||clear skies|
The sun's rays reach the ground in San Francisco during 72 percent of daylight hours on average in May, for a total of 318 hours in the month. Typically on 14 days this month the sky is mainly clear, with at most 30 percent cloud cover.
Sunlight in May at San Francisco lasts for 14 hours and 13 minutes a day on average. The shortest day of the month is the 1st with 13 hours and 47 minutes of daylight. By the end of the month, the days have lengthened to 14:36 from sunrise to sunset. These durations can vary by a minute or two from year to year.
|71 %||May average humidity|
The relative humidity in San Francisco during May usually peaks at 83 percent in the morning then drops to 56 percent by early afternoon.
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|10.4 mph||May wind speed average||16.7 kph|
May is windier than most other months in San Francisco.
|0 days||rainfall of 0.5 inches (13 mm) or more|
|0 days||with thunderstorms in May|
Once every few years, San Francisco receives half an inch (13 mm) or more of rain in one day during May.
San Francisco has a May thunderstorm just once a decade on average.
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.