Average Weather in May in Austin Texas, United States
In Austin, the month of May is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 6°F, from 83°F to 89°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 95°F or dropping below 76°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 6°F, from 64°F to 71°F, rarely falling below 54°F or exceeding 76°F.
For reference, on August 6, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Austin typically range from 75°F to 97°F, while on January 6, the coldest day of the year, they range from 43°F to 61°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 Austin experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 38% to 31%.
The clearest day of the month is May 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 69% of the time.
For reference, on January 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 45%, while on June 13, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 72%.
Cloud Cover Categories in May
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Austin, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is rapidly increasing, starting the month at 26% and ending it at 33%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 35% on May 27, and its lowest chance is 14% on January 1.
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 Austin is increasing, starting the month at 3.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 5.5 inches or falls below 0.7 inches, and ending the month at 3.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 7.9 inches or falls below 1.1 inches.
The highest average 31-day accumulation is 3.9 inches on May 25.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May
Over the course of May in Austin, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 36 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 13 seconds, and weekly increase of 8 minutes, 29 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 13 hours, 22 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 13 hours, 58 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May
The latest sunrise of the month in Austin is 6:47 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 18 minutes earlier at 6:29 AM on May 31.
The earliest sunset is 8:08 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 19 minutes later at 8:27 PM on May 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Austin 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 6:29 AM and sets 14 hours, 6 minutes later, at 8:35 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:23 AM and sets 10 hours, 12 minutes later, at 5:35 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 Austin is very rapidly increasing during May, rising from 39% to 73% over the course of the month.
For reference, on July 3, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 89% of the time, while on January 21, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 2% 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 Austin is gradually decreasing during May, decreasing from 10.6 miles per hour to 9.7 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on April 2, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.9 miles per hour, while on September 5, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in May
Wind Direction 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).
The growing season in Austin typically lasts for 9.7 months (294 days), from around February 15 to around December 7, rarely starting after March 12, or ending before November 11.
The month of May in Austin is reliably fully within the growing season.
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 Austin are rapidly increasing during May, increasing by 756°F, from 1,345°F to 2,101°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 Austin is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.2 kWh of 6.6 kWh throughout.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in May
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Austin are 30.267 deg latitude, -97.743 deg longitude, and 545 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Austin contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 190 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 510 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (712 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,657 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Austin is covered by artificial surfaces (100%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (51%) and trees (18%), and within 50 miles by cropland (30%) and shrubs (26%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Austin 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 Austin.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Austin 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 Austin is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Austin and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Austin City, Austin Camp Mabry (61%, 6 kilometers, north) and Bergstrom AFB / Austi (39%, 9 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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