Average Weather in May in Alexandria Minnesota, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 11°F, from 62°F to 72°F, rarely falling below 47°F or exceeding 84°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 11°F, from 41°F to 53°F, rarely falling below 32°F or exceeding 62°F.
For reference, on July 18, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Alexandria typically range from 63°F to 81°F, while on January 15, the coldest day of the year, they range from 4°F to 19°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 Alexandria experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 51% to 46%.
The clearest day of the month is May 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 55% of the time.
For reference, on February 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 63%, while on July 31, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 74%.
Cloud Cover Categories in May
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Alexandria, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is very rapidly increasing, starting the month at 24% and ending it at 33%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 41% on June 20, and its lowest chance is 6% on January 15.
Over the course of May in Alexandria, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 23% to 33%, 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
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during May in Alexandria is rapidly increasing, starting the month at 2.2 inches, when it rarely exceeds 4.0 inches or falls below 0.7 inches, and ending the month at 3.3 inches, when it rarely exceeds 5.4 inches or falls below 1.3 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May
Over the course of May in Alexandria, 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, 8 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 15 seconds, and weekly increase of 15 minutes, 47 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is May 1, with 14 hours, 21 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 15 hours, 28 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May
The latest sunrise of the month in Alexandria is 6:08 AM on May 1 and the earliest sunrise is 33 minutes earlier at 5:35 AM on May 31.
The earliest sunset is 8:29 PM on May 1 and the latest sunset is 34 minutes later at 9:03 PM on May 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Alexandria during 2018, 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 5:31 AM and sets 15 hours, 44 minutes later, at 9:15 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:00 AM and sets 8 hours, 39 minutes later, at 4:39 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in May
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Alexandria is essentially constant during May, remaining within 1% of 1% throughout.
For reference, on July 20, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 26% 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
The average hourly wind speed in Alexandria is decreasing during May, decreasing from 12.5 miles per hour to 11.0 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on April 1, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 13.0 miles per hour, while on August 1, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 9.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in May
Wind Direction in May
The growing season in Alexandria typically lasts for 5.4 months (163 days), from around April 28 to around October 8, rarely starting before April 9 or after May 16, and rarely ending before September 22 or after October 24.
The month of May in Alexandria 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 59% to 100% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in May
The average accumulated growing degree days in Alexandria are increasing during May, increasing by 250°F, from 93°F to 343°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in May
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Alexandria is gradually increasing during May, rising by 0.8 kWh, from 5.8 kWh to 6.6 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 Alexandria are 45.885 deg latitude, -95.378 deg longitude, and 1,391 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Alexandria contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 118 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,399 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (161 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (801 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Alexandria is covered by cropland (41%), artificial surfaces (40%), and water (13%), within 10 miles by cropland (72%) and water (16%), and within 50 miles by cropland (80%) and trees (11%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Alexandria 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 5 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Alexandria.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Alexandria 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 Alexandria is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Alexandria and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Chandler Field (98%, 2.3 kilometers, southwest); Wadena Municipal Airport (0.7%, 64 kilometers, north); Staples Municipal Airport (0.6%, 71 kilometers, northeast); Fergus Falls Municipal/Einar Mickelson Field (0.6%, 74 kilometers, northwest); and Little Falls, Little Falls/Morrison County Airport-Lindbergh Field (0.5%, 80 kilometers, east).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .