This report describes the typical weather at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Skid Strip (Cocoa Beach, Florida, United States) weather station over the course of an average May. It is based on the historical records from 2007 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 (59%), croplands (17%), lakes and rivers (11%), grasslands (6%), and forests (5%).
The month of May is characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 83Â°F throughout the month, exceeding 88Â°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 13:17 hours of daylight; the longest day is May 31 with 13:50 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:25am on May 30; 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 7:58pm 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 7% (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 81% of the time, partly cloudy 7% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 10% 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 67% of days. Precipitation is least likely around May 1, occurring in 49% of days.
Throughout May, the most common forms of precipitation are drizzle, thunderstorms, moderate rain, and light rain.
Drizzle is the most severe precipitation observed during 38% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around May 28, when it is observed during 24% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 30% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around May 31, when it is observed during 23% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 17% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around May 25, when it is observed during 11% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 12% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around May 29, when it is observed during 9% 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 55% (mildly humid) to 94% (very humid) over the course of a typical May, rarely dropping below 43% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 99% (very humid).
The air is driest around May 2, at which time the relative humidity drops below 62% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around May 31, rising above 93% (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 61Â°F (comfortable) to 73Â°F (very muggy) and is rarely below 54Â°F (very comfortable) or above 76Â°F (very muggy).
Over the course of May typical wind speeds vary from 1 mph to 14 mph (light air to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 18 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 9 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around May 2, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 14 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around May 31, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).