May weather forecast
Anchorage, AK

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Wintertime in Anchorage, Alaska with mountains blanketed in snow
Wintertime in Anchorage, Alaska with mountains blanketed in snow

Weather in May

May in Anchorage is characterized by mild weather and blooming flora, bringing a rejuvenating vibe to the city. The icy grip of winter has released completely now, hence temperatures continue their ascent, providing a favorable climate. Another striking change is the significant increase in the hours of sunlight, creating longer days and shorter nights. With the virtually negligible snowfall and encouraging weather, it is a perfect time to explore the city. Sunlit snow-capped peaks against the backdrop of crystal-clear blue skies render an unforgettable image of Anchorage during May.

Temperature

An escalation in the average high-temperature is seen with the onset of May, moving from a cold 39.6°F (4.2°C) in April to a fresh 51.1°F (10.6°C). Throughout the month of May, Anchorage sees a steady low-temperature average of 40.5°F (4.7°C).

Humidity

May is the least humid month in Anchorage, with an average relative humidity of 68%.

Rainfall

May is the month with the least rainfall in Anchorage. Rain falls for 11.5 days and accumulates 0.55" (14mm) of precipitation.

Snowfall

January through May, September through December are months with snowfall. May is the last month it regularly snows. During 0.3 snowfall days, in May, Anchorage aggregates 0.12" (3mm) of snow. Throughout the year, in Anchorage, there are 59.3 snowfall days, and 23.5" (597mm) of snow is accumulated.

Ocean temperature

In May, the average ocean temperature in Anchorage is 42.4°F (5.8°C).
Note: At temperatures below 50°F (10°C), swimming in a suitably protected swimsuit is feasible; otherwise, cold shock and loss of breathing control are imminent. Even a short swim, without thermal protection, at temperatures around 55.4°F (13°C) is not comfortable.

Daylight

In Anchorage, Alaska, the average length of the day in May is 17h and 33min.
On the first day of the month, sunrise is at 5:47 am and sunset at 10:05 pm. On the last day of May, in Anchorage, sunrise is at 4:35 am and sunset at 11:19 pm AKDT.

Sunshine

The months with the most sunshine are May and June, with an average of 11.7h of sunshine.

UV index

The average daily maximum UV index in May is 3. A UV Index estimate of 3 to 5 represents a medium health hazard from exposure to the Sun's UV radiation for average individuals.
Note: The daily high UV index of 3 in May translates into this advice:
Preventative actions are necessary - The mandate to avoid skin and eye damage is in place. Sun's radiation is most powerful around mid-day, so it's best to limit outdoor activities during this time. Clothes that are both tight-knit and comfortably loose are prime choices for sun protection. Be cautious! The UV radiation from the Sun can be magnified almost twofold by snow reflection.
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Frequently asked questions

What are May temperatures in Anchorage?

In May, the average high-temperature and low-temperature in Anchorage, Alaska, are 51.1°F (10.6°C) and 40.5°F (4.7°C) respectively.

What is the least humid month in Anchorage?

The least humid month in Anchorage is May, with an average relative humidity of 68%.

What is the average humidity in May in Anchorage?

The average relative humidity in May is 68%.

What is the driest month in Anchorage?

The month with the least rainfall is May, when the rain falls for 11.5 days and typically collects 0.55" (14mm) of precipitation.

How much does it rain in Anchorage in May?

In Anchorage, in May, during 11.5 rainfall days, 0.55" (14mm) of precipitation is typically accumulated.

What is the last month it snows in Anchorage?

May is the last month it regularly snows in Anchorage, Alaska. During 0.3 snowfall days, in May, Anchorage aggregates 0.12" (3mm) of snow.

What is the water temperature in May in Anchorage?

In Anchorage, Alaska, in May, the average water temperature is 42.4°F (5.8°C). At temperatures below 50°F (10°C), swimming in a suitably protected swimsuit is feasible; otherwise, cold shock and loss of breathing control are imminent. Even a short swim, without thermal protection, at temperatures around 55.4°F (13°C) is not comfortable.

How many hours of daylight does Anchorage have in May?

In May, the average day length in Anchorage is 17h and 33min.

When are sunrise and sunset in May in Anchorage?

On the first day of May in Anchorage, sunrise is at 5:47 am and sunset at 10:05 pm. On the last day of the month, sunrise is at 4:35 am and sunset at 11:19 pm AKDT.

What are the months with the most sunshine in Anchorage?

May and June, with an average of 11.7h of sunshine, are months with the most sunshine in Anchorage, Alaska.

How many hours of sunshine does Anchorage have in May?

In May, the average sunshine duration in Anchorage is 11.7h.

What is the UV index reading in May in Anchorage?

In May, the average daily maximum UV index is 3. A UV Index of 3 to 5 symbolizes a moderate vulnerability from exposure to Sun's UV rays.
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Average temperature in May
Anchorage, AK

Average temperature in May - Anchorage, AK
  • Average high temperature in May: 51.1°F

The warmest month (with the highest average high temperature) is July (61.9°F).
The month with the lowest average high temperature is January (20.3°F).

  • Average low temperature in May: 40.5°F

The month with the highest average low temperature is July (51.3°F).
The coldest month (with the lowest average low temperature) is January (13.1°F).

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Average pressure in May
Anchorage, AK

Average pressure in May - Anchorage, AK
  • Average pressure in May: 29.93"Hg

The month with the highest atmospheric pressure is July (29.96"Hg).
The months with the lowest atmospheric pressure are November and December (29.67"Hg).

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Average wind speed in May
Anchorage, AK

Average wind speed in May - Anchorage, AK
  • Average wind speed in May: 5.2mph

The windiest month (with the highest average wind speed) is November (6.3mph).
The calmest month (with the lowest average wind speed) is July (4.5mph).

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Average humidity in May
Anchorage, AK

Average humidity in May - Anchorage, AK
  • Average humidity in May: 68%

The months with the highest relative humidity are January, February and March (86%).
The month with the lowest relative humidity is May (68%).

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Average rainfall in May
Anchorage, AK

Average rainfall in May - Anchorage, AK
  • Average rainfall in May: 0.55"

The wettest month (with the highest rainfall) is September (1.93").
The driest month (with the least rainfall) is May (0.55").

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Average rainfall days in May
Anchorage, AK

Average rainfall days in May - Anchorage, AK
  • Average rainfall days in May: 11.5 days

The month with the highest number of rainy days is August (17.9 days).
The month with the least rainy days is February (7 days).

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Average snowfall in May
Anchorage, AK

Average snowfall in May - Anchorage, AK
  • Average snowfall in May: 0.12"

The month with the highest snowfall is December (5.51").
The months with the least snowfall are June, July and August (0").

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Average snowfall days in May
Anchorage, AK

Average snowfall days in May - Anchorage, AK
  • Average snowfall days in May: 0.3 days

The month with the highest number of snowfall days is December (11.6 days).
The months with the least snowfall days are June, July and August (0 days).

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Average sea temperature in May
Anchorage, AK

Average sea temperature in May - Anchorage, AK
  • Average sea temperature in May: 42.4°F

The best month for swimming (with the highest average sea temperature) is August (53.1°F).
The coldest month (with the lowest average sea temperature) is February (35.8°F).

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Average daylight in May /
Average sunshine in May
Anchorage, AK

Average daylight in May / Average sunshine in May - Anchorage, AK
  • Average daylight in May: 17h and 4min

The month with the longest days is June (Average daylight: 19h and 12min).
The month with the shortest days is December (Average daylight: 5h and 36min).

  • Average sunshine in May: 11h and 4min

The months with the most sunshine are May and June (Average sunshine: 11h and 42min).
The month with the least sunshine is December (Average sunshine: 3h and 48min).

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Average sunshine days in May
Anchorage, AK

Average sunshine days in May - Anchorage, AK
  • Average sunshine days in May: 16.3 days

The month with the most sunshine days is January (16.9 days).
The month with the least sunshine days is September (11.1 days).

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Average UV index in May
Anchorage, AK

Average UV index in May - Anchorage, AK
  • Average UV index in May: 3

The months with the highest UV index are June and July (UV index 4).
The month with the lowest UV index is February (UV index 1).

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Average cloud cover in May
Anchorage, AK

Average cloud cover in May - Anchorage, AK
  • Average cloud cover in May: 38

The month with the most cloud cover is December (Cloud cover 47).
The month with the least cloud cover is May (Cloud cover 38).

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Average visibility in May
Anchorage, AK

Average visibility in May - Anchorage, AK
  • Average visibility in May: 6mi

The months with the highest visibility are January, February, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December (6mi).
The month with the lowest visibility is March (5mi).

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