May is the wettest month of the year in Louisiana, with 6" (152mm) to 8" (203mm) of heavy rainfall. The days are humid and hot as the average temperatures range from 82°F (27.8°C) to 86°F (30°C), while the nights are mild to warm in the 60°F (15.6°C) to 70°F (21.1°C) zone. Ruston in the north averages between 60°F (15.6°C) to 82°F (27.8°C), while New Orleans on the Gulf coast is warmer between 68°F (20°C) to 85°F (29.4°C). The precipitation results in flooding in many places. Blossoming flowers impart a sweet odor to the atmosphere, with the landscape bearing a tinge of green everywhere. Activities like hunting, biking, and fishing gain momentum in the bosom of numerous lakes, rivers, and mountains. Expect the temperatures to rise with the end of spring. May is the last month of moderate weather before the heat becomes oppressive. Storms are active in the entire state, but the southern coast is particularly vulnerable. Keep an open eye on the weather in May in Louisiana for storms.