Average Weather in May in Puerto Vallarta Mexico
Daily high temperatures increase by 3°F, from 85°F to 88°F, rarely falling below 82°F or exceeding 90°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 6°F, from 68°F to 74°F, rarely falling below 63°F or exceeding 78°F.
For reference, on August 2, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Puerto Vallarta typically range from 76°F to 90°F, while on January 23, the coldest day of the year, they range from 62°F to 80°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
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The month of May in Puerto Vallarta experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 36% throughout the month. The lowest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 32% on May 23.
The clearest day of the month is May 23, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 68% of the time.
For reference, on August 30, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 94%, while on May 23, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 68%.
Cloud Cover Categories in May
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Puerto Vallarta, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is very rapidly increasing, starting the month at 2% and ending it at 13%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 81% on August 24, and its lowest chance is 1% on April 5.
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 Puerto Vallarta is rapidly increasing, starting the month at 0.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.3 inches or falls below -0.0 inches, and ending the month at 1.9 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.7 inches or falls below 0.3 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May
Over the course of May in Puerto Vallarta, the length of the day is gradually increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 24 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 47 seconds, and weekly increase of 5 minutes, 29 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 12 hours, 54 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 13 hours, 18 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May
The latest sunrise of the month in Puerto Vallarta is 7:31 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 11 minutes earlier at 7:19 AM on May 31.
The earliest sunset is 8:25 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 12 minutes later at 8:37 PM on May 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Puerto Vallarta during 2019, 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 7:21 AM and sets 13 hours, 23 minutes later, at 8:44 PM, while on December 22, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:32 AM and sets 10 hours, 53 minutes later, at 6:25 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time 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 Puerto Vallarta is very rapidly increasing during May, rising from 68% to 94% over the course of the month.
For reference, on July 28, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 100% of the time, while on January 24, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 34% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in May
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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 Puerto Vallarta is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 6.8 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on May 2, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.9 miles per hour, while on July 25, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.2 miles per hour.
The highest daily average wind speed during May is 6.9 miles per hour on May 2.
Average Wind Speed in May
The wind direction in Puerto Vallarta during May is predominantly out of the north from May 1 to May 17 and the west from May 17 to May 31.
Wind Direction in May
Puerto Vallarta 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 Puerto Vallarta is gradually increasing during May, rising by 3°F, from 78°F to 81°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in May
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 Puerto Vallarta 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
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 Puerto Vallarta are rapidly increasing during May, increasing by 860°F, from 2,691°F to 3,551°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days 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 Puerto Vallarta is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.2 kWh of 7.3 kWh throughout.
The highest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during May is 7.5 kWh on May 10.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Puerto Vallarta are 20.617 deg latitude, -105.230 deg longitude, and 46 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Puerto Vallarta contains large variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,969 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 263 feet. Within 10 miles contains large variations in elevation (6,158 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,963 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Puerto Vallarta is covered by water (33%), trees (29%), artificial surfaces (17%), and cropland (17%), within 10 miles by trees (48%) and water (31%), and within 50 miles by trees (45%) and water (35%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Puerto Vallarta 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Puerto Vallarta.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Puerto Vallarta 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 Puerto Vallarta is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Puerto Vallarta and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport (99%, 7 kilometers, north) and Playa de Oro International Airport (0.9%, 178 kilometers, southeast).
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.
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We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
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