Average Weather in May in Johannesburg South Africa
In Johannesburg, the month of May is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing by 5°F, from 69°F to 64°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 75°F or dropping below 57°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 7°F, from 46°F to 39°F, rarely falling below 33°F or exceeding 51°F.
For reference, on January 1, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Johannesburg typically range from 59°F to 78°F, while on July 5, the coldest day of the year, they range from 36°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 Johannesburg experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 13% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is May 19, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 89% of the time.
For reference, on November 25, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 38%, while on July 21, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 92%.
Cloud Cover in May
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Johannesburg, the chance of a wet day over the course of May is rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 12% and ending it at 4%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 55% on December 17, and its lowest chance is 1% on July 8.
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 Johannesburg is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 0.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 1.9 inches, and ending the month at 0.3 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.9 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in May
Over the course of May in Johannesburg, the length of the day is gradually decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 30 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 59 seconds, and weekly decrease of 6 minutes, 54 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is May 31, with 10 hours, 37 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 1, with 11 hours, 6 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in May
The earliest sunrise of the month in Johannesburg is 6:31 AM on May 1 and the latest sunrise is 15 minutes later at 6:47 AM on May 31.
The latest sunset is 5:37 PM on May 1 and the earliest sunset is 14 minutes earlier at 5:23 PM on May 31.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Johannesburg during 2017.
For reference, on December 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:12 AM and sets 13 hours, 47 minutes later, at 6:59 PM, while on June 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:54 AM and sets 10 hours, 30 minutes later, at 5:24 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 Johannesburg is essentially constant during May, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on February 23, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 2% of the time, while on April 13, 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 Johannesburg is essentially constant during May, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 3.8 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on September 25, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.2 miles per hour, while on March 31, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.4 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 Johannesburg is gradually decreasing during May, falling by 0.7 kWh, from 5.1 kWh to 4.4 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 Johannesburg are -26.202 deg latitude, 28.044 deg longitude, and 5,646 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Johannesburg contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 440 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 5,705 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,230 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,851 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Johannesburg is covered by artificial surfaces (99%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (76%) and grassland (17%), and within 50 miles by grassland (44%) and cropland (30%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Johannesburg 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 Johannesburg.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Johannesburg 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 Johannesburg is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Johannesburg and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Rand Airport (65%, 7 kilometers, northwest); O.R. Tambo International Airport (27%, 21 kilometers, east); and Vereeniging (8%, 41 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.