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The Weather in Dubai in May

Updated: March 25, 2023

This post covers the weather in the month of May in Dubai, including average temperatures and precipitation.

May in Dubai features warm nights with hot days of which about 15-16 will be humid.


Daytime high temperatures during May tend to be hot averaging 35-36 C (95-97 F) early in the month climbing up to about 38-39 C (100-103 F) near the end of the month. 

You should expect 28 days this month with highs of 32 C (90 F) or higher, with a couple of days reaching up near 42 C (108 F).

The record high temperature in Dubai during May is 45 C (113 F).

Late night and early morning low temperatures tend to be near 23 C (73 F) early in the month, warming to 26 C (78-79 F) by the end of the month.

A few of the cooler mornings, especially early in May, can dip down near 20 C (68 F).

The record low temperature in Dubai during May is 17.8 C (64 F).

Does It Rain Much in May?

May features about 24 sunny, 2-3 partly sunny, and 4-5 mostly cloudy days.

Rainfall is rare this month, but on average, about 12 days will produce blowing sand or dust.


The number of daylight hours continues to increase from 13.1 hours on the 1st to about 13.6 hours by the 31st. 


The wind during this month tends to be light to gentle, averaging 6-19 kph (4-12 mph) but occasionally can be moderate at 20-28 kph (13-18 mph). 

Ocean Water Temperatures

The ocean temperatures in May are warm, averaging around 27 C (80-81 F) early in the month reaching nearly 30 C (86 F) by the end of the month. 

What to Wear in May?

May begins the hot summer season but always wear clothing that covers your shoulders and your knees.

Dress in light, airy fabrics that will keep you cool but do not wear clothes that are too tight or too revealing for both men and women.

Women should wear loose-fitting dresses and tops and trousers. Skirts should be knee-length or longer, and shorts should be avoided.

It's best to avoid wearing any sleeveless shirts, sleeveless dresses, mini-skirts, and short shorts.  

Also don’t forget to bring sunglasses, a sun hat, and sunscreen.

Things to Do in Dubai in May

This month brings much warmer weather than usual, so if you're planning to take a pay-what-you-wish walking tour, make sure to bring a bottle of water.

Since it will be warming up, we recommend heading to one of the excellent waterparks in Dubai, including Aquaventure and the LEGOLAND Waterpark.

Alternatively, you can also take a cruise to beat the heat and do some sightseeing from the water.

These activities and more are included with the Go City Dubai Pass.

If you're looking for more information about how to use this type of service, make sure to check our post covering how to use a Dubai tourist pass.

You'll find even more great ideas for fun activities this month in our post about things to do in Dubai in May.

Fred Pickhardt   

Ocean Weather Services 

About The Author

Fred Pickhardt

Fred is a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. He has extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, and forensic weather event reconstructions. Fred founded Ocean Weather Services and currently provides forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
Updated: March 25th, 2023
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