Houston’s second hottest month of May 2022 ever, weather data shows

Summer may not officially start until June 21, but ask any Houstonian and they’ll tell you it started last month.

With an average temperature of 80.9 degrees Fahrenheit, May 2022 was Houston’s second-hottest May, according to new data.

Houston hasn’t had a May this hot since 1996, when the average temperature hit a record high of 81.4 F, according to NWS forecasters.

Below, you can see a list of the 10 hottest Mays in Houston by average temperature since 1889, according to NWS data.

  1. May 1996: 81.4 F
  2. May 2022: 80.9 F
  3. May 2003: 80.7 F
  4. May 2018: 79.8 F
  5. May 2010: 79.4 F
  6. May 1962: 79.3 F
  7. May 1902: 79.2 F
  8. May 1933: 79.1 F
  9. May 1905: 79.0 F
  10. May 2012: 78.8 F

Meteorologist Tim Cady attributed the difference in the numbers to warmer nights when things are generally cooling. “We are setting new records for the height of nighttime temperatures,” he said.

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Last month, the temperature also reached 90.1 degrees, the fourth highest on record for May in the Houston/Galveston area. This mark was slightly lower than the zone record of 90.3 degrees, set in 1996 and 1998.

  1. May 1998 / May 1996: 90.3 F
  2. May 2003: 90.2 F
  3. May 2022 / May 2018: 90.1 F
  4. May 2010 / May 1890: 89.7 F
  5. May 2011: 89.1 F
  6. May 2012 / May 1902: 88.6 F

Forecasters from the NWS Climate Prediction Center say the numbers could signal a warmer than normal summer on the horizon.

To make matters worse, NOAA is also predicting an active hurricane season this year with 14 to 21 named storms, 10 of which could become hurricanes. Here’s how to prepare your home if you’re coming to Houston.