May weather forecast
French Polynesia

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Weather in May

May in French Polynesia marks a further transition into the dry season. The rainfall decreases even more during this month, with average precipitation around 90mm (3.54"), significantly lower than in April. Rain showers become sporadic and brief, interspersed with lengthy periods of sunshine. This reduction in rainfall leads to clearer skies and less humid conditions, making outdoor activities even more enjoyable.

Temperatures during May remain comfortably warm, typically ranging from 23°C (73.4°F) to 27°C (80.6°F). Despite a slight decrease from the warmer months, the mild temperatures complement the drier conditions, offering a pleasant climate. Sea temperatures continue to be warm, typically around 27°C (80.6°F), maintaining favourable conditions for water sports and marine exploration.

Compared to April, May presents lower rainfall and marginally cooler temperatures, further solidifying the onset of the dry season. The transition towards a stable and less humid climate is fully realized by this month, and these conditions continue into June.

As with the preceding months, the Marquesas Islands uphold their pattern of lower rainfall, further enhancing their appeal to visitors preferring drier climates.

With the end of the cyclone season in April, the risk of cyclones in May is extremely low, contributing to the overall pleasant and stable weather conditions. As always, staying updated on the local weather conditions is recommended during a visit.

  • Pape'ete - May »
    On the last day of May, in Pape'ete sunrise is at 06:21 and sunset at 17:30 -10. In Pape'ete in May, the average water temperature is 27.9°C (82.2°F).
  • Māhina - May »
    In Māhina during the entire year, the rain falls for 272.6 days and collects up to 1577mm (62.09") of precipitation. In Māhina during May, the rain falls for 20.2 days and regularly aggregates up to 87mm (3.43") of precipitation.
  • Moorea-Maiao - May »
    In Moorea-Maiao in May, during 10 rainfall days, 99mm (3.9") of precipitation is typically accumulated. In Moorea-Maiao in May, the average water temperature is 28°C (82.4°F).
  • Rikitea - May »
    In Rikitea, in May, it is raining for 8 days, with typically 121mm (4.76") of accumulated precipitation. On the first day of May in Rikitea, sunrise is at 06:20 and sunset at 17:33.
  • Hiva Oa - May »
    On the first day of May in Hiva Oa sunrise is at 05:50 and sunset at 17:35. What time are sunrise and sunset in May in Hiva Oa?
  • Bora - May »
    On the first day of May in Bora, French Polynesia, sunrise is at 06:19 and sunset at 17:48. In Bora in May, the average water temperature is 28.2°C (82.8°F).
  • Huahine - May »
    In Huahine in May, during 14.3 rainfall days, 81mm (3.19") of precipitation is typically accumulated. On the first day of May in Huahine sunrise is at 06:18 and sunset at 17:31.
  • Taha'a - May »
    In Taha'a during May, the rain falls for 22.7 days and regularly aggregates up to 85mm (3.35") of precipitation. February through July, September through December, with an average maximum UV index of 7, are months with the highest UV index in Taha'a, French Polynesia.
  • Tahiti - May »
    In Tahiti, May brings a clear sense of transformation as the sea temperature falls to 27.8°C (82°F). In water temperatures ranging between 25°C (77°F) and 29°C (84.2°F), activities such as swimming and diving become highly pleasurable for long durations.
  • Vaitape - May »
    May greets the visitors of Vaitape with a slight reduction in temperature maxima, hovering around 27.9°C (82.2°F). In Vaitape in May, the average water temperature is 28.2°C (82.8°F).
  • Fa'a'ā - May »
    In Fa'a'ā in May, during 18.7 rainfall days, 75mm (2.95") of precipitation is typically accumulated. Temperatures between 25°C (77°F) and 29°C (84.2°F) are ideal for swimming, diving, and similar water activities, ensuring pleasure and comfort for extended periods without feeling uneasy.
Updated: May 24, 2024 | Published by: Weather Atlas | Resources

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