This post is a summary of the weather in May in NYC, including tips on what to pack and things to do. May offers mostly warm weather and clear skies and is one of the best times to visit NYC.
- Average Temperatures
- How Much Sun and Rain
- What to Wear
- Things to Do in May
- Things to Do Any Month
- Free Tours by Foot
AVERAGE MAY TEMPERATURES
Early May will see afternoon high temperatures mostly in the mid-60s F (17-19 C) while early morning lows will be mostly in the mid to upper 40s F (8-10 C).
A few of the colder mornings, however, can still dip into the upper 30s f to near 40f (3-5C).
May warms quickly with those afternoon temperatures reaching into the low to mid-70s F (22-24 C) by the end of the month.
This is a great time to join us on one of our many free walking tours.
A few of the warmer days will see temperatures reaching into the mid-80s F. (28-29 C).
An afternoon high of 90 F (32 C) or higher is possible, occurring on 1 day in May in 2 out of 3 years.
During past Mays, temperature extremes have range up to 99 F (37 C) and as low as 32 F (0 C).
Skies tend to be sunny or at least partly sunny on about 20 days this month.
Some rainfall can be expected in about 11 days, with significant rainfalls of 1/2 inch (13mm) or more limited to about 3 days, on average.
Early May can be somewhat cool, though by the end of the month expect to dress for summer. We've made a list below of essentials to pack when visiting New York in May:
1. Light Jacket
A light jacket, windbreaker or just a sweater may be needed for chilly days. A light rain jacket like this one by Columbia is great to have and keeps you dry on rainy days.
You can expect brief showers throughout the day, so packing an umbrella is a good idea. A compact umbrella like this one by Repel Umbrella is easy to carry around in your purse all day.
3. Light Tops
By month's end, you can usually expect to dress for summer. It can get very hot in the city, so shorts and a light top are often all that is needed.
May is a great time to visit the city as temperatures rise and many of the beautiful spring flowers remain in blossom. This is the perfect month to discover the streets and neighborhoods of NYC.
Below is the top 10 list from our post on things to do in NYC in May.
See our full post on things to do at any time of year in NYC for even more ideas.
Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.
- Take a free walking tour.
- Cheer on the Yankees and Mets
- Catch a Broadway Show
- Experience Fleet Week
- Attend a Concert!
- Experience Taste of the Nation
- Take a Carriage Ride in Central Park
- Annual Ethnic Festival in Harlem
- Take a Mother's Day Brunch Cruise
- Go Kayaking
Get more ideas on our full post of things to do in May.