May Weather in Brisbane Australia
Daily high temperatures decrease by 5°F, from 76°F to 71°F, rarely falling below 67°F or exceeding 80°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 5°F, from 59°F to 54°F, rarely falling below 47°F or exceeding 65°F.
For reference, on January 21, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Brisbane typically range from 71°F to 84°F, while on July 29, the coldest day of the year, they range from 49°F to 69°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in May in Brisbane
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on May. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature in May in Brisbane
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The month of May in Brisbane experiences gradually increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 26% to 31%. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 31% on May 30.
The clearest day of the month is May 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 74% of the time.
For reference, on December 14, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 32%, while on August 12, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 88%.
Cloud Cover Categories in May in Brisbane
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Brisbane, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is decreasing, starting the month at 27% and ending it at 22%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 37% on February 11, and its lowest chance is 11% on July 30.
Probability of Precipitation in May in Brisbane
To show variation within the month and not just the monthly total, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during May in Brisbane is decreasing, starting the month at 3.9 inches, when it rarely exceeds 9.0 inches or falls below 0.7 inches, and ending the month at 3.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 6.0 inches or falls below 0.5 inches.
The highest average 31-day accumulation is 3.9 inches on May 1.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May in Brisbane
Over the course of May in Brisbane, the length of the day is decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 32 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 1 minute, 3 seconds, and weekly decrease of 7 minutes, 24 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is May 31, with 10 hours, 32 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 1, with 11 hours, 4 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May in Brisbane
The earliest sunrise of the month in Brisbane is 6:13 AM on May 1 and the latest sunrise is 16 minutes later at 6:29 AM on May 31.
The latest sunset is 5:16 PM on May 1 and the earliest sunset is 15 minutes earlier at 5:01 PM on May 31.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Brisbane during 2022.
For reference, on December 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 4:49 AM and sets 13 hours, 53 minutes later, at 6:42 PM, while on June 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:37 AM and sets 10 hours, 24 minutes later, at 5:01 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May in Brisbane
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for May 2022. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases. The label associated with each bar indicates the date and time that the phase is obtained, and the companion time labels indicate the rise and set times of the Moon for the nearest time interval in which the moon is above the horizon.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases in May in Brisbane
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Brisbane is decreasing during May, falling from 10% to 1% over the course of the month.
For reference, on February 4, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 68% of the time, while on August 2, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in May in Brisbane
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This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Brisbane is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 8.6 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on February 26, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.1 miles per hour, while on April 29, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in May in Brisbane
The wind direction in Brisbane during May is predominantly out of the east from May 1 to May 2 and the south from May 2 to May 31.
Wind Direction in May in Brisbane
Brisbane is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average surface water temperature in Brisbane is gradually decreasing during May, falling by 2°F, from 75°F to 72°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in May in Brisbane
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
Temperatures in Brisbane are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in May in Brisbane
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Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
The average accumulated growing degree days in Brisbane are increasing during May, increasing by 421°F, from 5,929°F to 6,350°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in May in Brisbane
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Brisbane is gradually decreasing during May, falling by 0.8 kWh, from 4.3 kWh to 3.4 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May in Brisbane
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Brisbane are -27.468 deg latitude, 153.028 deg longitude, and 89 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Brisbane contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 240 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 61 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,427 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,930 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Brisbane is covered by artificial surfaces (53%) and sparse vegetation (32%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (49%) and trees (40%), and within 50 miles by trees (39%) and water (32%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Brisbane, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Brisbane.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Brisbane according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Brisbane is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Brisbane and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:
To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Brisbane and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source's contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
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