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 1991 to 2020.

The UK as a whole has an average 192 hours of sun in May, making this the sunniest month of the year.

Southern England

Total May sunshine
Place Hours
Birmingham 187
Bristol 192
Dover 215
Isles of Scilly 221
London, Greenwich 199
London, Kew Gardens 213
Norwich 207
Nottingham 191
Plymouth 227
Southampton 215
Stoke-on-Trent 192
Weymouth 235

Northern England

Average amount of sun in May
Place Hours
Ambleside, Windermere Lake 162
Berwick-upon-Tweed 202
Dumfries 186
Hull 200
Manchester 179
Middlesbrough 181
Newcastle upon Tyne 183
Prestwick 211
Sheffield 198


Average May sun
Place Hours
Cardiff 198
Llandrindod Wells 172


Number of sunny hours in May on average
Place Hours
Aberdeen 203
Dundee 201
Edinburgh 195
Glasgow 187
Inverness 184
Kirkwall, Orkney Islands 193
Lerwick, Shetland Islands 192
Stornoway, Outer Hebrides 205
Tiree, Inner Hebrides 240

Northern Ireland

Average total sunshine in May
Place Hours
Armagh 179
Belfast 185
Londonderry 205

Met Office. Research programmes. Climate science. UK Climate Averages.

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