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The Weather in Berlin in May

Updated: March 27, 2023

This post is about the weather in Berlin in May, including average temperatures, precipitation, and tips on packing and sightseeing activities.


Berlin in May can be very pleasant with generally mild spring-like weather prevailing. 

During early May, morning temperatures will tend to be 6-8 C (mid-40s F) with afternoon highs of 18-20C (mid-60s F).

A couple of the cooler mornings can dip down to 3-5C (40F). 

Average Temperatures in Berlin in May

By the end of May, morning temperatures will more likely be 11-13C (low to mid-50s F).

Afternoon highs will usually reach 21-23C (lower 70s F) with a few days possibly reaching up to 26-28C (into the lower 80s F).


Daylight becomes noticeably longer this month, increasing from about 15 hours around May 1st to nearly 16.5 hours by the 31st.

You can usually expect about 8-9 days with clear or at least partly sunny skies.

Weather Calendar Berlin May

About 14-15 days will see some rain. Thunderstorms can also occur this month, reporting about 3 days on average.


Berlin has a good amount of rain in May, so keep that in mind as you pack.

We've made a list below of what to bring:

1. Rain Jacket

With about half the days in May expecting rain, it's a good idea to briNG a light rain jacket.

Something like this one by EZRUN packs easily and will also keep you dry and warm on chilly or wet days.

An umbrella is also suggested.

2. Sweater

The best way to make sure you're comfortable is to pack a sweater for layering on for cooler mornings.

A simple pull-on is enough like this one by LTIFONE to go great over comfortable cotton tops.

3. Good Shoes

As the weather gets comfortable, expect to spend a lot of your days outside enjoying the weather.

Packing comfortable walking shoes is essential. We like these by Saucony, which are great for long walking tours of Berlin. 


There are a number of great things to do in Berlin year-round, including visiting the city's many museums, touring the Reichstag, walking through the Holocaust Memorial, and seeing remnants of the Berlin Wall and Berlin’s famous street art.

This section lists our suggestions for things to do in Berlin this month. 

For more detail on these free things to do, family-friendly activities, and evening entertainment and events, read our full post for the best things to do in Berlin.

TIP: When you purchase a tourist discount pass, you can see more while saving money on the most popular attractions. Some city passes will give up to 55% discounts!

  • Celebrate the Carnival of Cultures.
  • See Madam Butterfly.
  • Attend the Pitchfork Music Festival.
  • Take a Free Walking Tour.

Find more detail about these top things to do in our full Berlin in May post.

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 27th, 2023
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