Average May Sunshine in the United Kingdom

The tables below give May averages for the number of hours with sunshine at cities and towns throughout the United Kingdom. The monthly totals are based on weather data collected from 1981 to 2010.

You can jump to a separate table for: Southern England, Northern England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The UK as a whole has an average 191 hours of sun in May, making this the sunniest month of the year.

Southern England

Total May sunshine
Place Hours
Birmingham 180
Cambridge 179
Eastbourne 233
Exeter 218
Ipswich 212
London 181
Lowestoft 202
Newquay 221
Oxford 193

Northern England

Average amount of sun in May
Place Hours
Blackpool 218
Grimsby 199
Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales 158
Manchester 188
Newcastle 182
Penrith 167
Sheffield 191


Average May sun
Place Hours
Aberporth 217
Aberystwyth 191
Cardiff 191
Tenby 216
Valley, Anglesey 232


Number of sunny hours in May on average
Place Hours
Aberdeen 194
Dundee 204
Edinburgh 191
Forres 190
Glasgow 180
Kirkwall, Orkney Islands 190
Lerwick, Shetland Islands 181
Oban 191
Stornoway, Outer Hebrides 202
Tiree, Inner Hebrides 239

Northern Ireland

Average total sunshine in May
Place Hours
Armagh 174
Belfast 198
Londonderry 182
United Kingdom Sunshine
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