May is hot in Wake Island, with the average temperatures in the 75°F (23.9°C) to 86°F (30°C) range. The cloud cover is sparse, and the sun switches to scorching mode. The radiation from the sun reaches dangerous proportions by afternoon, and a sun hat is mandatory to remain cool on the coast. Some palm trees provide shade a little away from the shoreline, but the island is generally short of shady trees. The lagoon is the best way to beat the heat, and the water temperatures remain mild and comfortable. The supply of fresh ocean air is at a high during the morning and evening hours, which makes it pleasant to utilize those periods for outdoor musings. The precipitation is moderate to the tune of 1.7" (43mm) in the month. Light summer clothing is the routine wear for Wake Island, and May is not an exception.