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New York City Weather

Getting around like a New Yorker


In New York, January is the coldest month. Temperatures range from -12°to 4°C, generally hovering around 3°C. Snow is likely around this time, quickly becoming slush on sidewalk and street corners – warm clothes and waterproof boots are a must. (Average Max Temperature: 3.1°C. Average Precipitation: 81mm.)


In February, it is still considered to be cold in New York City, with the average daytime high creeping up to 4.2°C. Snow is still common and the days remain short: New York City sunset is around 5:30 in February. (Average Max Temperature: 4.2°C. Average Precipitation: 77mm.)


March can be a bit confusing in New York City since it sometimes feels like winter and other times like spring. Cold and snow are still common, though less likely toward the end of March.  You’ll want to pack warm clothes, but may be surprised by not needing them. (Average Max Temperature: 8.9°C. Average Precipitation: 91mm.)


In New York City, snow in April is rare, but it is still possible, especially around the beginning of the month. However, if the city gets any snow it will not last long. Average temperatures range from 7 to 18°C, spring rain showers are common, and flowers are up and blooming by the end of the month. (Average Max temperature: 14.6°C. Average Precipitation: 99mm.)


May is one of New York City’s loveliest months. The temperature ranges from 10-26°C, so it’s usually warm but not very hot, and without the humidity that you will find during the summer months. Flowers are blooming, trees are leafing out, and it’s a wonderful time of year to explore the city’s many parks. (Average Max Temperature: 19.8°C. Average Precipitation: 96mm.)


June days grow warmer and warmer as summer approaches, though it’s usually not too hot or humid to comfortably enjoy being outdoors. Shorts and sandal season is in full swing, and the month’s long days (the sun sets around 8:30pm) are perfect for catching an outdoor concert or ballgame at Yankee Stadium – barring the occasional rainstorm. (Average Max Temperature: 25°C. Average Precipitation: 92mm.)


The hottest month of the year, expect temperatures to range from 21-35°C, with an average high of 28.2°C. The humidity is on the rise as well, especially as August nears, though ample shade from trees and tall buildings means it’s usually not so uncomfortable that you can’t enjoy a walk in the park, or lunch or dinner in a sidewalk café. Expect quieter streets as locals have headed for the cooler coast. (Average Max Temperature: 28.2°C. Average Precipitation: 97mm.)


Even though July is NYC’s hottest month by temperature, August is the most humid. It is immensely sticky in the city this month, with the climbing daytime humidity often bringing late afternoon and early evening thunderstorms which blow over quickly. Temperatures can be a full 10° hotter in the subways, so it’s a good idea to consider a taxi as you make your way from one air-conditioned attraction to the next. (Average Max Temperature: 27.7°C. Average Precipitation: 87mm.)


In September, the weather varies wildly as the city transitions from summer heat and humidity into crisp autumn. Temperatures range from 21-27°C until mid-month, with cooler air settling in as October approaches. Since there no longer is the summer humidity September’s warmest days are perfect for outdoor activities and seeing the city on foot. (Average Max Temperature: 23.9°C. Average Precipitation: 84mm.)


October is New York’s driest month of the year. It consists of mild to chilly temperatures and crisp autumn air. The temperature ranges from 10-20°C, so it would not be a good idea to pack a light jacket, which you might not even need! This month is considered also to be the perfect time to visit New York City due to the changing fall leaves and comfortable temperature range. (Average Max Temperature 18.2°C. Average Precipitation: 73mm.)


In November, days get shorter, chillier and rainier. Having a jacket, hat and gloves would be a good idea. By the end of the month, snow flurries can also be seen, though accumulation is unlikely at this point. (Average Max Temperature: 12.1°C. Average Precipitation: 92mm.)


In December, winter arrive in New York. It comes with cold temperatures, snow, and holiday crowds. Days are short, the sun sets at around 4:30pm mid-month which gives tourists ample time to view the city’s twinkling seasonal lights. (Average Max Temperature: 5.9°C. Average Precipitation: 87mm.)


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