This report describes the typical weather at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (Destin, Florida, United States) weather station over the course of an average May. It is based on the historical records from 1998 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Destin, 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 (50%), croplands (38%), forests (8%), and grasslands (3%).
The month of May is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 78°F to 84°F over the course of the month, exceeding 87°F or dropping below 75°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 13:22 hours of daylight; the longest day is May 31 with 13:58 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 5:44am on May 30; the latest sunset is at 7:43pm on May 31; the latest sunrise is at 6:02am on May 1; the earliest sunset is at 7:24pm on May 1.
Daylight saving 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 4% (clear) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On May 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 74% of the time, partly cloudy 5% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 19% 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 34% of days. Precipitation is least likely around May 1, occurring in 23% of days.
Throughout May, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms, light rain, and heavy rain.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 60% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around May 31, when it is observed during 22% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 22% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around May 25, when it is observed during 7% of all days.
Heavy rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 11% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around May 30, when it is observed during 4% 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 58% (mildly humid) to 91% (very humid) over the course of a typical May, rarely dropping below 35% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around May 2, at which time the relative humidity drops below 70% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around May 1, rising above 88% (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 58°F (comfortable) to 73°F (very muggy) and is rarely below 45°F (dry) or above 76°F (very muggy).
Over the course of May typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 12 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 17 mph (moderate breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around May 2, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 12 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 6 mph (light breeze) occurs around May 31, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 11 mph (gentle breeze).