This report describes the typical weather at the Bergen Airport (Bergen, Norway) weather station over the course of an average May. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Bergen has a mild humid temperate climate with warm summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (54%) and forests (40%).
The month of May is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 52°F to 58°F over the course of the month, exceeding 70°F or dropping below 45°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of May, the length of the day is very rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 2:18 hours, implying an average day-over-day increase of 4.5 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is May 1 with 16:05 hours of daylight; the longest day is May 31 with 18:23 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 4:25am on May 31; the latest sunset is at 10:48pm on May 31; the latest sunrise is at 5:35am on May 1; the earliest sunset is at 9:40pm on May 1.
Daylight savings time is observed in 2012 but it neither starts nor ends in May, so the entire month is in daylight time.
The median cloud cover is 76% (partly cloudy) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On May 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 28% of the time, partly cloudy 20% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 44% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 61%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout May, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain and light rain.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 63% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around May 31, when it is observed during 41% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 21% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around May 11, when it is observed during 14% of all days.
The likelihood of snow falling is highest around May 1, occurring in 9% of days.
Either snow rarely accumulates at this location in May or snow depth measurements are unavailable or unreliable.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 51% (mildly humid) to 93% (very humid) over the course of a typical May, rarely dropping below 30% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around May 3, at which time the relative humidity drops below 62% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around May 26, rising above 89% (very humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical May, the dew point typically varies from 31°F (dry) to 48°F (dry) and is rarely below 22°F (dry) or above 53°F (very comfortable).
Over the course of May typical wind speeds vary from 1 mph to 13 mph (light air to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 20 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 8 mph (light breeze) occurs around May 15, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 12 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around May 2, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).