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How is the Weather in Nashville During May?

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Comfortable to warm days with cool nights are featured this month.

Humidity levels are comfortable early in May, however, 1 in 3 days will be humid near the end of the month.


Temperature

Daytime high temperatures tend to be 75-78 F (24-26 C) early in May, warming to 81-83 F (27-28 C) near the end of the month. 

One or two days late in the month can reach or exceed 90 F (32 C). The record high temperature in Nashville during May is 95 F (35.0 C).

Late night and early morning low temperatures tend to be near 55-56 F (13 C) early in the month, warming to 61-64 F (16-18 C) near the end of this month. 

A few of the colder mornings, especially early in May, can dip down near 45 F (7 C).   The record low temperature in Nashville during May is 34 F (1.1 C).


Rain or Shine

You can expect about 8 sunny days, 10 partly sunny days and 13 mostly cloudy days this month.  About 12 days will record some measurable rainfall, however, only 3 will receive 0.5 inches (12.7 mm) or more.


Daylight

The amount of daylight increases this month from about 13.7 hours on the first to 14.5 hours by the 31st.


Windspeed    

Wind speeds tend to be light to gentle, averaging mostly 4-12 mph (6-19 kph) but occasionally can be moderate at 13-18 mph (20-28 kph) with higher gusts.


What to Wear in Nashville during May?

A mix of spring and summer attire works best this month as days can be warm, but nights and mornings are still chilly.

A light-weight jacket or windbreaker will come in handy, especially for the cooler nights and mornings. 

In addition, some jeans and perhaps a pair of cowboy boots are recommended. 

An umbrella is a plus for the rainy days and don’t forget a good pair of walking shoes for your visit as the downtown district is hilly, so comfortable footwear is a must. 


Things to Do in Nashville during May

It should be nice and warm this month, so it might be a good time to consider either a pay-what-you-wish or self-guided walking tour in Nashville.

If you're a baseball fan, both the Nashville Sounds (MiLB) and Vanderbilt Commodores (NCAA) will be playing plenty of home games this month.

May is also Street Food Month in Nashville, so you might want to look for a food truck and grab some delicious southern hot chicken or barbecue!

There are also typically a lot of great concerts to attend. In May 2022, visitors can expect to see performers such as Weird Al, Willie Nelson, Sting, and Bonnie Raitt.

For even more great ideas, make sure to read our post covering things to do in Nashville 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: April 19th, 2022
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