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1. Posted by kekate (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

I'm being an indecisive travel planner right now, and I can't decide where to go in Europe in May. England/Scotland/Ireland would be nice, but how is the weather in early May? Is it really rainy, or no more so than the rest of the year?

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 7y

It should be quite nice in May in the UK, but unfortunately you can never guarantee it. My birthday is in May, and I remember normally being able to have parties outside as a child! It's not a particularly rainy time of year and it's the end of spring so you are more likely to have ok weather than not. Scotland is obviously more likely to be poor weather than England; Ireland would be similar to England I guess.

3. Posted by Jimix (Inactive 15 posts) 7y

Going on recent years we've had snow in Scotland as late as April that on average lasts for about a week max. May would be a good time to visit as the days are longer (more sunlight I mean) and the tourist population is just starting to pick up so queues should be fairly minimal.

Besides all that you'll be getting more bang for your buck as our currency is fairly poor at the moment.

Don't get too put off by the rain as it does so about 220 days a year on average.

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

May is a great time to visit Scotland, the weather should be starting to get a bit warmer, the midges won't be out yet (well, not many anyway), and the majority of tourists won't have descended yet.

If you visit the South West of England it could be positively warm in May, if you're really lucky.

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

My other half claims May is the best time to visit Belfast, so I'm hoping I'll finally see the sun this time round...

6. Posted by vickim (Full Member 125 posts) 7y

I went all over Scotland and to London in May. I have never been so damp, cold and wet for so long in my life. I didn't even want to get out of bed after a week of it. It was so bloody wet and cold.

But...that might have been bad luck.

Just a warning though...if you get a bad week it will chill the soul and you will quickly find out why they British love their tea. :)

7. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 7y

Quoting vickim

I went all over Scotland and to London in May. I have never been so damp, cold and wet for so long in my life. I didn't even want to get out of bed after a week of it. It was so bloody wet and cold.

But...that might have been bad luck.

Just a warning though...if you get a bad week it will chill the soul and you will quickly find out why they British love their tea. :)

Last year was unusually bad. It was like that pretty much all summer. :(

8. Posted by kew (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

May is the best time to visit Ireland/Northern Ireland, they have better weather then than in the summer! You will still get some days of rain but May is your best bet to get a bit of sunshine.

9. Posted by Oscarr (Budding Member 9 posts) 7y

In my opinion May is almost as likely to be warm or rainy as it is in July or August - it's just the British way!

last year was dreaful all round pretty much, but a few years back it was scorching from May until late June so you never really know. If going in May will save you money and beat the tourists, I see no reason why you shouldn't.

hope that helps x

10. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 7y

we only had a couple of weeks of summer last year (2008). hopefully it would be better this May, but i am not holding my breath