May weather forecast

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Weather in May

May signifies a transitional period in Nigeria's weather conditions. While the southern parts of the country are well into the rainy season, the northern regions begin to experience the onset of rains.

In southern cities, including Lagos and Port Harcourt, May sees significant rainfall. Despite the rains, temperatures remain relatively high, with daytime averages ranging from 28°C (82.4°F) to 32°C (89.6°F). Night temperatures are cooler, falling between 22°C (71.6°F) and 25°C (77°F). The rain brings increased humidity but also provides respite from the heat.

The northern regions of Nigeria, including cities like Kano, see a shift in weather conditions in May. While daytime temperatures remain high, averaging between 35°C (95°F) to 40°C (104°F), the commencement of the rainy season towards the end of May brings some relief from the intense heat. Night temperatures range between 22°C (71.6°F) and 25°C (77°F), offering a cooler respite.

Compared to the preceding month of April, May brings more rain to the southern parts of Nigeria, while the northern regions start transitioning from the hot dry season to the rainy season. This transition brings a gradual decrease in temperatures, particularly during the night.

Moving forward into June, both the northern and southern parts of the country will be in the rainy season, with an expected increase in precipitation. Daytime temperatures are likely to remain high, but the nights will be cooler, especially after the rains.

  • Lagos - May »
    On the last day of the month, in Lagos, sunrise is at 06:29 and sunset at 18:58 WAT. The month with the warmest seawater in Lagos is May, with an average sea temperature of 29.2°C (84.6°F).
  • Kano - May »
    In Kano during May, the rain falls for 3.9 days and regularly aggregates up to 50mm (1.97") of precipitation. Throughout the year, in Kano there are 49.5 rainfall days, and 696mm (27.4") of precipitation is accumulated.
  • Ibadan - May »
    In Ibadan in May, during 17.4 rainfall days, 48mm (1.89") of precipitation is typically accumulated. January through May, October through December, with an average maximum UV index of 7, are months with the highest UV index in Ibadan, Nigeria.
  • Abuja - May »
    On the last day of the month, sunrise is at 06:09 and sunset at 18:46 WAT. In Abuja, during May, the rain falls for 16.9 days and regularly aggregates up to 123mm (4.84") of precipitation.
  • Port Harcourt - May »
    In Port Harcourt, during May, the rain falls for 27.4 days and regularly aggregates up to 176mm (6.93") of precipitation. The heat index, also known as 'felt air temperature' or 'apparent temperature', is calculated by taking the relative humidity value for a specific location and factoring it into the air temperature reading.
  • Maiduguri - May »
    By May, in Maiduguri, Nigeria, the wet season is established, as evidenced by the increased precipitation of 31mm (1.22"). What time are sunrise and sunset in May in Maiduguri?
  • Zaria - May »
    An elevated level of relative humidity hinders evaporation, leading to decreased heat elimination from the body, inducing a sensation of excess heat. On the last day of the month, in Zaria, sunrise is at 06:04 and sunset at 18:48 WAT.
  • Jos - May »
    The heat index, also known as 'real feel' or 'apparent temperature', ties air temperature with relative humidity to produce the perceived temperature sensation. The average heat index, which combines relative humidity and air temperature, in May is evaluated at 37°C (98.6°F).
  • Oyo - May »
    The heat index, also known as 'felt air temperature' or 'feels like', stands as a testimony to how temperature and humidity combine to impact our sense of warmth. The average heat index, which factors the actual air temperature with the relative humidity, in May is appraised at 48°C (118.4°F).
  • Enugu - May »
    On the last day of the month, in Enugu sunrise is at 06:13 and sunset at 18:41 WAT. In Enugu, during the entire year, the rain falls for 102 days and collects up to 1695mm (66.73") of precipitation.


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