Barcelona weather

Our guide to the weather in Barcelona destination during May


Average high


UV Index


Monthly rainfall


Sea temperature

We've looked at the most up-to-date weather data for Barcelona, covering the last 12 years up to 2022, plus we've asked our team of travel bloggers for their first-hand experiences in order to answer the most frequently asked questions about Barcelona weather in May.

What's the weather like in Barcelona in May?

Carrie Ann Lightley Windy! Warm bursts of sunshine through the clouds and snippets of gorgeous blue sky. Don't be fooled if the wind feels cooler, it's so easy to get sunburned in Barcelona at this time of year. Answered by Carrie Ann Lightley

What should I pack for a holiday in Barcelona in May?

Carrie Ann Lightley Layers. Plan to be cool or warm - start with a tshirt and jeans base layer, and add cardigans, jackets and scarves to be taken off when the sun comes out. Answered by Carrie Ann Lightley

What's great about Barcelona in May?

Carrie Ann Lightley In May it feels like Barcelona is waking up for the summer, just ready to welcome you for your latest adventure. The weather is perfect for exploring, not too hot and not too cool. Answered by Carrie Ann Lightley

How warm is it in Barcelona during May?

The temperature reaches around 21℃ during the daytime in May, falling away to 15℃ at night. The UV index will be moderate at this time of year, so not something to worry about for the average person. However, if you're going to be outside for long periods it's worth wearing a broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen and UV-blocking sunglasses. Remember that bright surfaces, such as water and sand increase UV exposure.

Does it rain in Barcelona during May?

On average, there will be 3 rainy days during the month, amounting to 61.7mm in total. That's broadly comparable with the amount of rain we see in England during the summer months, and would be considered dry. There's a small chance that you'll catch a thunderstorm during your trip.

How warm is the sea in Barcelona during May?

The water around Barcelona is around 17℃ during May. It will feel a little on the cool when first entering, but you'll warm up quickly. Most kids will have no problem with this temperature, but those who feel the cold are unlikely to want to swim.

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