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May Weather in Martha's Vineyard Island Massachusetts, United States

Daily high temperatures increase by 9°F, from 59°F to 68°F, rarely falling below 51°F or exceeding 77°F.

Daily low temperatures increase by 9°F, from 44°F to 53°F, rarely falling below 35°F or exceeding 60°F.

For reference, on July 24, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Martha's Vineyard Island typically range from 64°F to 79°F, while on January 30, the coldest day of the year, they range from 24°F to 38°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in May in Martha's Vineyard Island

Average High and Low Temperature in May in Martha's Vineyard IslandMay112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030313125°F25°F30°F30°F35°F35°F40°F40°F45°F45°F50°F50°F55°F55°F60°F60°F65°F65°F70°F70°F75°F75°F80°F80°F85°F85°FAprJunMay 159°FMay 159°F44°F44°FMay 3168°FMay 3168°F53°F53°FMay 1162°FMay 1162°F47°F47°FMay 2165°FMay 2165°F50°F50°F
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

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 Martha's Vineyard Island

Average Hourly Temperature in May in Martha's Vineyard IslandMay112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030313112 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMAprJunvery coldvery coldcoldcoolcomfortable
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.
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The month of May in Martha's Vineyard Island experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 52% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 53% on May 23.

The clearest day of the month is May 2, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 48% of the time.

For reference, on May 23, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 53%, while on September 5, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 63%.

Cloud Cover Categories in May in Martha's Vineyard Island

Cloud Cover Categories in May in Martha's Vineyard IslandMay11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%AprJunSep 563%Sep 563%May 148%May 148%May 3148%May 3148%May 1148%May 1148%May 2147%May 2147%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Martha's Vineyard Island, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is essentially constant, remaining around 27% throughout.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 31% on December 10, and its lowest chance is 21% on July 3.

Probability of Precipitation in May in Martha's Vineyard Island

The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

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 Martha's Vineyard Island is essentially constant, remaining about 3.0 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 5.6 inches or falling below 1.3 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in May in Martha's Vineyard Island

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average snowfall.

Over the course of May in Martha's Vineyard Island, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 56 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 52 seconds, and weekly increase of 13 minutes, 6 seconds.

The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 14 hours, 2 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 14 hours, 58 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May in Martha's Vineyard Island

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May in Martha's Vineyard IslandMay11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hrAprJunnightnightdaydayMay 114 hr, 2 minMay 114 hr, 2 minMay 3114 hr, 58 minMay 3114 hr, 58 minMay 1614 hr, 34 minMay 1614 hr, 34 min
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The latest sunrise of the month in Martha's Vineyard Island is 5:38 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 27 minutes earlier at 5:11 AM on May 31.

The earliest sunset is 7:40 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 29 minutes later at 8:09 PM on May 31.

Daylight saving time is observed in Martha's Vineyard Island during 2024, but it neither starts nor ends during May, so the entire month is in standard time.

For reference, on June 20, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:08 AM and sets 15 hours, 11 minutes later, at 8:19 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:05 AM and sets 9 hours, 11 minutes later, at 4:16 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May in Martha's Vineyard Island

The solar day over the course of May. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.

The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in May in Martha's Vineyard Island

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in May in Martha's Vineyard IslandMay112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030313112 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMAprJun001010202020303040405050506060700001010202030303040405050606070
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Solar elevation and azimuth over the course of May 2024. The black lines are lines of constant solar elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon, in degrees). The background color fills indicate the azimuth (the compass bearing) of the sun. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries of the cardinal compass points indicate the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for May 2024. 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 Martha's Vineyard Island

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in May in Martha's Vineyard IslandMay112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030313112 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMAprJunApr 82:22 PMApr 82:22 PMApr 237:50 PMApr 237:50 PMMay 711:23 PMMay 711:23 PMMay 239:54 AMMay 239:54 AMJun 68:38 AMJun 68:38 AMJun 219:09 PMJun 219:09 PM6:06 AM6:06 AM7:27 PM7:27 PM7:30 PM7:30 PM5:54 AM5:54 AM4:58 AM4:58 AM7:38 PM7:38 PM7:31 PM7:31 PM4:54 AM4:54 AM4:43 AM4:43 AM9:00 PM9:00 PM8:37 PM8:37 PM5:10 AM5:10 AM
The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.
May 2024IlluminationMoonriseMoonsetMoonriseMeridian PassingDistance
1
50%2:20 AMESE11:55 AMWSW-7:07 AMS232,193 mi
2
39%2:52 AMESE1:11 PMWSW-8:01 AMS229,861 mi
3
27%3:19 AMESE2:28 PMWSW-8:52 AMS227,867 mi
4
17%3:43 AME3:44 PMW-9:42 AMS226,414 mi
5
9%4:07 AME5:01 PMW-10:31 AMS225,703 mi
6
3%4:31 AMENE6:19 PMWNW-11:20 AMS225,891 mi
7
0%4:58 AMENE7:38 PMWNW-12:13 PMS227,051 mi
8
0%5:29 AMENE8:57 PMWNW-1:08 PMS229,145 mi
9
4%6:07 AMNE10:12 PMNW-2:06 PMS232,022 mi
10
9%6:54 AMNE11:19 PMNW-3:05 PMS235,431 mi
11
17%7:51 AMNE--4:04 PMS239,062 mi
12
25%-12:14 AMNW8:54 AMNE4:59 PMS242,600 mi
13
35%-12:57 AMNW10:00 AMENE5:50 PMS245,764 mi
14
45%-1:32 AMWNW11:07 AMENE6:37 PMS248,336 mi
15
50%-1:59 AMWNW12:11 PMENE7:20 PMS250,171 mi
16
64%-2:21 AMWNW1:14 PMENE8:01 PMS251,196 mi
17
73%-2:41 AMW2:15 PME8:39 PMS251,410 mi
18
81%-3:00 AMW3:15 PME9:18 PMS250,870 mi
19
88%-3:18 AMW4:16 PME9:57 PMS249,679 mi
20
94%-3:37 AMWSW5:18 PMESE10:39 PMS247,975 mi
21
98%-3:58 AMWSW6:23 PMESE11:23 PMS245,911 mi
22
99%-4:23 AMWSW7:31 PMESE--
23
100%-4:54 AMWSW8:40 PMSE12:12 AMS243,644 mi
24
100%-5:32 AMSW9:47 PMSE1:06 AMS241,316 mi
25
97%-6:21 AMSW10:47 PMSE2:04 AMS239,044 mi
26
92%-7:22 AMSW11:39 PMSE3:04 AMS236,910 mi
27
85%-8:31 AMSW-4:05 AMS234,965 mi
28
76%12:21 AMESE9:45 AMWSW-5:03 AMS233,229 mi
29
65%12:54 AMESE11:01 AMWSW-5:57 AMS231,717 mi
30
50%1:23 AMESE12:16 PMWSW-6:49 AMS230,452 mi
31
41%1:47 AME1:30 PMW-7:37 AMS229,480 mi

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 Martha's Vineyard Island is gradually increasing during May, rising from 0% to 2% over the course of the month.

For reference, on August 1, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 53% of the time, while on January 1, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in May in Martha's Vineyard Island

Humidity Comfort Levels in May in Martha's Vineyard IslandMay11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%AprJunMay 10%May 10%May 312%May 312%May 110%May 110%May 211%May 211%muggymuggyhumidhumiddrydrycomfortablecomfortableoppressiveoppressive
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

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 Martha's Vineyard Island is decreasing during May, decreasing from 13.9 miles per hour to 12.6 miles per hour over the course of the month.

For reference, on January 13, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 17.5 miles per hour, while on July 24, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 11.2 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in May in Martha's Vineyard Island

The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The hourly average wind direction in Martha's Vineyard Island throughout May is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 35% on May 31.

Wind Direction in May in Martha's Vineyard Island

Wind Direction in May in Martha's Vineyard IslandMay11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%AprJunwestsouthnortheast
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The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Martha's Vineyard Island 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 Martha's Vineyard Island is rapidly increasing during May, rising by 8°F, from 47°F to 55°F, over the course of the month.

Average Water Temperature in May in Martha's Vineyard Island

Average Water Temperature in May in Martha's Vineyard IslandMay112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030313135°F35°F40°F40°F45°F45°F50°F50°F55°F55°F60°F60°F65°F65°F70°F70°FAprJunMay 147°FMay 147°FMay 3155°FMay 3155°FMay 1150°FMay 1150°FMay 2152°FMay 2152°F
The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

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).

The growing season in Martha's Vineyard Island typically lasts for 6.2 months (190 days), from around April 24 to around October 31, rarely starting before April 2 or after May 14, and rarely ending before October 12 or after November 18.

The month of May in Martha's Vineyard Island is more likely than not fully within the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season rapidly increasing from 67% to 100% over the course of the month.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in May in Martha's Vineyard Island

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in May in Martha's Vineyard Islandgrowing seasonMay11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%AprJun67%May 167%May 1100%May 31100%May 3185%May 1185%May 1197%May 2197%May 21Apr 210%Apr 210%very coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmfreezing
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

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 Martha's Vineyard Island are increasing during May, increasing by 202°F, from 71°F to 273°F, over the course of the month.

Growing Degree Days in May in Martha's Vineyard Island

The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of May, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

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 Martha's Vineyard Island is gradually increasing during May, rising by 0.7 kWh, from 5.9 kWh to 6.6 kWh, over the course of the month.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May in Martha's Vineyard Island

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May in Martha's Vineyard IslandMay11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhAprJunMay 15.9 kWhMay 15.9 kWhMay 316.6 kWhMay 316.6 kWhMay 116.2 kWhMay 116.2 kWhMay 216.4 kWhMay 216.4 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Martha's Vineyard Island are 41.417 deg latitude, -70.616 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Martha's Vineyard Island is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 0 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 0 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (0 feet). Within 50 miles is also essentially flat (0 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Martha's Vineyard Island is covered by trees (88%), within 10 miles by water (72%) and trees (23%), and within 50 miles by water (77%) and trees (13%).

This report illustrates the typical weather in Martha's Vineyard Island, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

The details of the data sources used for this report can be found on the Martha's Vineyard Airport page.

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