Las Vegas Weather in May

Las Vegas, Nevada begins to get a taste in May of the extremely hot weather that will dominate for the next few months. This usually is the first month for 100-degree Fahrenheit temperatures (over 37 °C) and thunderstorms.

This page gives detailed information on the typical May weather for Las Vegas.

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The numbers here are historical averages based on climate data gathered at the McCarran International Airport, located near the south end of the Las Vegas Strip.

Temperature Weather iconTemperature

89 °F May average high 32 °C
66 °F May average low 19 °C

In most years, Las Vegas averages a daily maximum temperature for May that's between 85 and 93 degrees Fahrenheit (30 to 34 degrees Celsius). The minimum temperature usually falls between 62 and 69 °F (17 to 21 °C).

The days at Las Vegas heat up most quickly during May. By the end of the month, the temperature has climbed around 10 °F (6 °C) above what it was at the start.

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

Nearly every day in May warms to over 70 °F (21 °C) in Las Vegas. The city starts to experience 100-degree temperatures in May. For an average of 3 days this month the thermometer reaches into the 100s °F (over 37 °C).

At night, the thermometer dips to 60 °F (16 °C) or below on 7 days. Most years, May does not get as cold as 50 °F (10 °C).

Rainy Weather iconRain

0.1 in total precipitation 3 mm
1 day of rain

Most years, Las Vegas 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

88 % sunshine
18 days clear skies

The sun's rays reach the ground in Las Vegas during 88 percent of daylight hours on average in May, for a total of 385 hours in the month. Typically on 18 days this month the sky is mainly clear, with at most 30 percent cloud cover.

Sunlight in May at Las Vegas lasts for 14 hours and 6 minutes a day on average. The shortest day of the month is the 1st with 13 hours and 41 minutes of daylight. By the end of the month, the days have lengthened to 14:27 from sunrise to sunset. These durations can vary by a minute or two from year to year.

Humid Weather iconHumidity

21 % May average humidity

The relative humidity in Las Vegas during May usually peaks at 31 percent in the morning then drops to 13 percent around mid afternoon.

Local Time1 am4 am7 am10 am1 pm4 pm7 pm10 pm
Humidity % 27 31 27 19 14 13 16 22

Windy Weather iconWind

10.7 mph May wind speed average 17.2 kph

May is a little windier than most other months in Las Vegas.

Stormy Weather iconStorms

0 days rainfall of 0.1 inches (2.5 mm) or more
1 day with thunderstorms in May

About once a decade, Las Vegas receives as much as an inch (25 mm) of rain in one day during May.

The first thunderstorms of the year usually show up in May.

Reference

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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