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Los Angeles in May

What to Expect from Los Angeles in May

May begins the drier part of the year, with sunshine and little rain.

Los Angeles Weather in May

Average High Temperature: 73°F/23°C
Average Low Temperature: 57°F/14°C
Rain & Clouds Index: 0.25 inches (0.6 cm) rain, 75% sunshine

What to Pack, What to Wear in May

Pack a mid-weight jacket, especially for evenings near the water. Bring short-sleeved shirts and lightweight pants, with a warmer layer. You may want shorts on the warmest days.

Los Angeles May Events

  • Cinco de Mayo (May 5): Celebrates Mexican independence day.
  • Tour of California: A multi-day bicycle race like the Tour de France and it usually ends in the Los Angeles area
  • Los Angeles Open Day: If you love gardens and flowers, this is a rare chance to get a look at some of the city's finest private gardens.

Especially Fun in May

In the United States, Mother's Day is the second Sunday of May. Use the California Mother's Day Guide to find some ideas Mom is sure to love.

The first big summer holiday, Memorial Day happens on the last Monday of May. Get some ideas for things to do.

March through August is time for something uniquely southern California, the annual grunion run. Thousands of tiny, silver-colored fish spawn on the sand during the full moon (or the new one). See the schedule. At some Los Angeles beaches, "Grunion Greeters" are on hand to explain and help you get the most out of being there.

In LA, you can see whales nearly year round: gray whales in winter and blue whales during the summer months. Find the best places to see them and when in the guides to Los Angeles whale watching and Orange County whale watching.

Averages and Reality

Use the weather averages to get an idea of what things may be like, but it might be different when you visit. A winter day could even be so warm you'll wish you packed your shorts. There's no substitute for checking the Los Angeles weather forecast before you leave home.

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