What to expect when visiting Dubai in May
Dubai’s average day time maximum temperature in May is 37.8°C (100°F).
The temperature climb over the month of May can feel quite extreme as you jump from fairly warm daytime highs of April to some absolute scorching hot summer days, just a taster of what’s to come! The day time highs can be as much as 43.5°C (110.3°F) in May, whilst overnight the average low is 25.2°C (77.4°F). All up in may expect an average of 31.2°C (88.1°F) – very much more summer than traditional spring!
May is the best month we recommend for sun worshippers who want to catch some rays but without the intense heat and humidity combination that come in the peak of summer, albeit you’ll still want to stick indoors in the peak of the day.
Many hotels, restaurants and seasonal attractions start winding down for summer over the course of May so do check opening times and availability. In 2021 you will also experience the Holy Month of Ramadan for much of May, followed be Eid-al-Fitr holidays (the local holidays will fall mid-May in 2021).
Dubai Sea Temperature in May
In May you should expect sea temperatures on average of 28.7°C (83.7°F). Minimum sea temperatures in Dubai in May are 26.3°C (79.3°F) through to maximum sea temperatures by month end of 30.1°C (86.2°F).
This makes May one of the ideal months for enjoying beach weather in Dubai. Although surfaces and the sand at the beach can be intensely hot during the peaks of the day, you should get pleasant beach swimming conditions late afternoon to evening. Waterparks are also a great attraction in May!
Other weather patterns that are common in Dubai in May
Unlike the cooler winter months, it is very unlikely you should experience rain during May in Dubai – though not absolutely unheard of! Definitely, no packing an umbrella just in case, just take cover! It will likely come in one heavy downpour, cause chaos on the roads, then pass.
There is still a chance of sandstorms occurring in May though it’s unpredictable. You should expect at least 12 hours of sunshine and a UV Index of 8.
You can expect the lowest humidity of the year, albeit it can still feel quite intense and the “feels like” temperature is often much higher than the air temperature.
What should I pack for May in Dubai?
You’re at the time of year in May where there’s little difference between your day and night wardrobe – resort wear if you’re at the beach, or something long lose and breathable out and about exploring. You will only want a warmer pullover or cardigan if you plan to be indoors quite a bit as the air-conditioning can be fierce no matter what time of year.
Of course no matter the time of year sunglasses, a sun hat and sunscreen are all essentials for your Dubai packing.
It’s getting hot and sweaty for a Dubai desert safari, but if you do head out the overnight temperatures will still be quite hot – no jeans or long sleeves required. We recommend you pack closed-toed shoes though to deal with the sand.
You can read more about what to pack in May for Dubai here.
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Information sourced from the National Centre of Meteorology climate report 2003-2018 for Dubai International Airport.
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