This report describes the typical weather at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport (Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States) 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.
Santa Fe, New Mexico has a humid continental climate with warm summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by shrublands (61%), forests (20%), and grasslands (18%).
The month of May is characterized by rapidly rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 70°F to 79°F over the course of the month, exceeding 88°F or dropping below 59°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 13:40 hours of daylight; the longest day is May 31 with 14:24 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 5:50am on May 30; the latest sunset is at 8:15pm on May 31; the latest sunrise is at 6:12am on May 1; the earliest sunset is at 7:52pm on May 2.
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 21% (mostly 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 48% of the time, partly cloudy 13% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 23% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 24%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout May, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms, light rain, and moderate rain.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 51% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around May 31, when it is observed during 16% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 30% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around May 31, when it is observed during 8% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 10% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around May 1, when it is observed during 3% of all days.
The likelihood of snow falling is highest around May 1, occurring in 4% 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 18% (dry) to 74% (humid) over the course of a typical May, rarely dropping below 8% (very dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around May 31, at which time the relative humidity drops below 22% (dry) three days out of four; it is most humid around May 1, rising above 50% (mildly 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 18°F (dry) to 40°F (dry) and is rarely below 5°F (dry) or above 51°F (very comfortable).
Over the course of May typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 21 mph (calm to fresh breeze), rarely exceeding 28 mph (strong breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 11 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around May 1, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 21 mph (fresh 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 21 mph (fresh breeze).