This report describes the typical weather at the Patrick Air Force Base (Cocoa Beach, Florida, United States) weather station over the course of an average May. It is based on the historical records from 2000 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Cocoa Beach, Florida has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (44%), croplands (25%), grasslands (13%), lakes and rivers (9%), and forests (7%).
The month of May is characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 82Â°F to 86Â°F over the course of the month, exceeding 89Â°F or dropping below 78Â°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of May, the length of the day is gradually increasing. The shortest day of the month is May 1 with 13:16 hours of daylight; the longest day is May 31 with 13:49 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:26am on May 31; the latest sunset is at 8:15pm on May 31; the latest sunrise is at 6:41am on May 1; the earliest sunset is at 7:57pm 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 ranges from 32% (mostly clear) to 40% (mostly clear). The trend is for the sky to be becoming cloudier with the median cloud cover increasing by 8% from the start to the end of the month.
On May 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 48% of the time, partly cloudy 12% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 28% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around May 31, occurring in 49% of days. Precipitation is least likely around May 1, occurring in 30% of days.
Throughout May, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms, light rain, and drizzle.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 57% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around May 31, when it is observed during 31% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 22% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around May 2, when it is observed during 9% of all days.
Drizzle is the most severe precipitation observed during 10% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around May 28, when it is observed during 5% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in May or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 54% (mildly humid) to 88% (very humid) over the course of a typical May, rarely dropping below 42% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 98% (very humid).
The air is driest around May 1, at which time the relative humidity drops below 60% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around May 27, rising above 83% (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 61Â°F (comfortable) to 73Â°F (very muggy) and is rarely below 53Â°F (very comfortable) or above 76Â°F (very muggy).
Over the course of May typical wind speeds vary from 4 mph to 16 mph (light breeze to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 21 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 11 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around May 5, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 16 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 10 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around May 31, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 15 mph (moderate breeze).