What’s the weather like in Thailand in May?
May marks the beginning of the summer season in Thailand, which is characterized by high temperatures and increasing humidity. The weather in May is generally hot and sunny, with occasional showers and thunderstorms. The country experiences a transition from the cool, dry season to the wet season during this time.
Average daily temperatures
In May, Thailand experiences high temperatures across the country. The average daily temperature ranges from 29°C (84°F) to 35°C (95°F). The northern regions tend to be slightly cooler, with temperatures averaging around 31°C (88°F), while the coastal areas, such as Bangkok and Phuket, can reach temperatures as high as 35°C (95°F).
Sunshine and rainfall
Despite the increasing heat, May still offers plenty of sunshine for beachgoers and outdoor enthusiasts. On average, Thailand experiences around 7 to 8 hours of sunshine per day during this month.
However, May also marks the onset of the wet season, resulting in increased rainfall throughout the country. The rainfall varies regionally, with the western coast, including popular tourist destinations like Phuket and Krabi, receiving the highest precipitation. These areas can experience heavy but short-lived rain showers, often followed by clear skies. On average, Thailand receives around 150-200mm of rainfall in May.