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New Orleans Weather in May

Averages By Month

Head out to New Orleans in May to just about miss the summer heat, humidity and hurricane risk. Temperatures now range in the still pleasant low 80s F (high 20s C) and it is still dry with only 4 rainy days on average for the month. Next month there will be 10 rainy days on average and it will be very humid. The sun shines for 9 hours each day in May in New Orleans and the nearby Gulf of Mexico water temperature now measures 77°F (25°C)- ideal conditions for a fantastic beach vacation.

Spend the days on one of the most beautiful beaches in the New Orleans area and the evenings listening to some great music at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. There are also some great food tasting events and celebrations around Cinco de Mayo. And if that’s not enough there are so many interesting things to explore around town.

High and Low Temperature in May °F

Precipitation days in May °F

Current Weather New Orleans

53°F overcast clouds
Local Time

Hourly 10 Days

Averages New Orleans

  J F M A M J J A S O N D

High °F

64° 66° 73° 79° 85° 90° 92° 92° 88° 81° 75° 65°

Low °F

45° 47° 54° 61° 68° 74° 76° 76° 72° 62° 53° 46°

Sun

5h 6h 7h 8h 9h 9h 8h 8h 8h 8h 6h 5h

Rain days

7 6 5 4 4 10 11 12 8 5 5 6

Water °F

59 61 61 68 77 82 84 86 86 77 68 63

New Orleans Weather by Month

Best Time to Visit New Orleans

Weatherwise it can be recommended to visit New Orleans almost all year round. July and August though can get pretty hot and humid. From February until May the Mardi Gras celebration is at its height and accompanied by some pleasant, mild weather.

Even in the coldest winter months daytime temperatures reach warm highs of 64°F (18°C) and hotel prices are at the lowest. If you want to swim in the nearby Gulf of Mexico you should wait until April/May. The least rainy months are April, May and October. And the hurricane season in Louisiana runs from June until November.

Things to know about New Orleans

The Big Easy- New Orleans can’t be compared with any other city on this planet! Located in Louisiana, New Orleans is particularly well known for the Mardi Gras (carnival) and jazz music. New Orleans is basically surrounded by the water of the Mississippi and Lake Pontchartrain. Thanks to the Mississippi, New Orleans flourished as the paddlewheeler ships were able to bring all sorts of goods from the north of the States to the south. Today these paddlewheelers can be cruised on up and down the Mississippi.
New Orleans steamboat Mississippi river sunset
New Orleans jazz band bourbon street skyline
First, New Orleans was the capital of the French colony of Louisiana. Later on though it became a Spanish colony. The descendendants of the Spanish and French were called Creoles and they then took over New Orleans. In 1803 New Orleans became part of the USA. The Creoles continued to inhabit the French Quarter and their architectural style is still visible today. What you can see in French Quater:
New Orleans french quarter Bourbon street
New Orleans st louis cathedral
Then if you jump on one of the famous St. Charles Streetcars, you will get from Canal Street to the Garden District where you can find some stunning villas.
New Orleans st charles streetcar
New Orleans house italian style
Other things to do around the city:

New Orleans bourbon street mardi gras
New Orleans skyline water steamboat view
If you are looking for some outdoor time and entertainment for the kids- here we go:
New Orleans city park bridge river plants
New Orleans port steamboat water
Last but not least, the weather in New Orleans is fantastic and allows you to swim almost all year round. Below you can find out a bit about the nearest and best beaches.

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