Most days were warm and sunny, but there were cold, cloudy days from the 14th to the 24th, and three of them had a little rain. By the end of the month, there had been only 26.6 mm of rain in 90 days.
There were five frosty mornings, which is normal.
The mean maximum temperature was half a degree high and the mean minimum half a degree low. The mean early morning dew point (2.6°) showed low humidity, but it was not as low as the May record of 0.8° set last year. There were far more cloudy mornings (42%) than usual (24%), but fewer than in 2010 or 2011 (48%). The subsoil was 2.4° warmer than normal: its autumn cooling remained three weeks late.
The rainfall total of 13.6 mm was far below the average of 40.3 mm, but May has less rain than that in 23% of the years. Furthermore, Manilla’s May rainfall has been low for many years: in this century, only May 2011 (43.2 mm) beat the long-term average.
The two month total of 18 mm is now a severe shortage: in the 3rd percentile.
Data. Rainfall data is from Manilla Post Office, courtesy of Phil Pinch. Temperatures, including subsoil at 750 mm, and other data are from 3 Monash Street, Manilla.