Average Weather in May in Edmonton Canada
In Edmonton, the month of May is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 8°F, from 59°F to 67°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 78°F or dropping below 46°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 10°F, from 38°F to 47°F, rarely falling below 29°F or exceeding 55°F.
For reference, on July 25, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Edmonton typically range from 55°F to 75°F, while on January 1, the coldest day of the year, they range from 6°F to 20°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in May
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
The month of May in Edmonton experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 55% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is May 25, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 47% of the time.
For reference, on February 20, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 68%, while on August 5, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 61%.
Cloud Cover Categories in May
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Edmonton, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is very rapidly increasing, starting the month at 16% and ending it at 26%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 35% on July 4, and its lowest chance is 5% on February 13.
Over the course of May in Edmonton, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 15% to 26%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 1% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 0% throughout.
Probability of Precipitation in May
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 Edmonton is increasing, starting the month at 1.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.3 inches or falls below 0.3 inches, and ending the month at 2.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.7 inches or falls below 0.7 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. As with rainfall, we consider the liquid-equivalent snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall during May in Edmonton is essentially constant, remaining about 0.1 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.3 inches or falling below -0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in May
Over the course of May in Edmonton, the length of the day is rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1 hour, 34 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 3 minutes, 8 seconds, and weekly increase of 21 minutes, 54 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 15 hours, 7 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 16 hours, 40 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May
The latest sunrise of the month in Edmonton is 5:58 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 46 minutes earlier at 5:11 AM on May 31.
The earliest sunset is 9:04 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 47 minutes later at 9:52 PM on May 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Edmonton during 2017, but it neither starts nor ends during May, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:04 AM and sets 17 hours, 3 minutes later, at 10:07 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:48 AM and sets 7 hours, 28 minutes later, at 4:15 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May
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 Edmonton is essentially constant during May, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on August 1, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 1% of the time, while on September 16, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in May
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 Edmonton is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 5.1 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on January 30, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.6 miles per hour, while on August 2, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in May
Wind Direction in May
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 Edmonton is gradually increasing during May, rising by 0.7 kWh, from 5.5 kWh to 6.2 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Edmonton are 53.550 deg latitude, -113.469 deg longitude, and 2,175 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Edmonton contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 285 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,147 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (548 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,266 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Edmonton is covered by artificial surfaces (92%), within 10 miles by cropland (52%) and artificial surfaces (39%), and within 50 miles by cropland (82%) and trees (11%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Edmonton year round, 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Edmonton.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Edmonton 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 Edmonton is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Edmonton and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Edmonton Municipal CR10 , Alta. (84%, 3.7 kilometers, northwest); Oliver AGDM (12%, 14 kilometers, northeast); and Edmonton International Airport (4.1%, 28 kilometers, south).
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , 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 aiports 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.