Whitsundays weather in May

May is an excellent time to visit the Whitsundays.

You can expect clear, sunny blue skies, mild daily temperatures with lower humidity and the occasional rain shower.

How hot is it in the Whitsundays in May?
Average daytime temperatures usually reach 25°C (77°F) in the Whitsundays in May with low heat and humidity, falling to 21°C (69°F) at night. This is winter so the evenings are cooler.

What does the humidity feel like in the Whitsundays in May?
The average dew point temperature in the Whitsundays in May is 19°C (66°F), which can feel humid and unpleasant. 

There are on average 18 days in May that may feel muggy.

How sunny is it in the Whitsundays in May?
There are normally seven hours of bright sunshine each day in the Whitsundays in May – that's around 58% of daylight hours.

Sunrise & sunset in May?
Sunrise is around 6:30am with sunset around 5:30pm.

How warm is the sea in the Whitsundays in May?
The average sea temperature in the Whitsundays in May is 25°C (77°F).

Does it rain in the Whitsundays in May?
There are usually 11 days with some rain in the Whitsundays in May and the average monthly rainfall is 95mm (3.7in).

How windy is it in the Whitsundays in May?
May sees an average wind speed of 25km/h (15.5 mph; 13.5 knots). March to May are the windiest months in the Whitsundays. The predominant wind direction is from the south-east and east.

What to do in the Whitsundays in May?
Cooler temperatures make May the perfect time for exploring the island’s beaches and hiking trails, as well as swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing.

While you can sail all year round at the Whitsundays, the sailing season is at it’s best between April and October when cooling southeast trades blow consistently between 27km/h (17 mph; 15 knots) and 46km/h (28 mph; 25 knots).

Local holidays?
Labour Day – 1st May.

Whitsundays weather in May

Temperature icon High Temp: 25°C (77°F)
temperature icon Low Temp: 21°C (69°F)
sun icon Sunshine: 7 hours per day
Moderately hot icon
Daylight: 11 hours per day
wind icon Wind speed: 25km/h (15.5 mph; 13.5 knots)
umbrella icon Wet Days: 11 days with some rain
rain cloud Rainfall: 95 mm (3.7 in) per month
Low heat icon Comfort Level: Low heat; ≤ 18 muggy days
Moderately hot icon
UV Index: High
swimming icon Sea Temp: 25°C (77°F)
Hamilton Island, Whitsundays

Best time to visit the Whitsundays

For the best weather visit the Whitsundays anytime between May and November. However, late March through December are considered the best holiday months.

Whitsundays weather overview

Whitsundays weather by month

Source: Meteorological data for the Whitsundays is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020 by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) from the closest weather station: Hamilton Island Airport (HTI), also known as Great Barrier Reef Airport.

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices. Dew point temperature measures moisture content in the atmosphere: a higher dew point feels more humid, while a lower dew point feels drier.

Latest update: Whitsundays weather in May: 12 June, 2024

Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data and conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable. We assume no responsibility and can not be held legally responsible for any decisions made on the basis of the information presented on this site.