The best times to visit New Orleans for ideal weather are
January 29th to May 13th
October 15th to December 23rd
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
New Orleans Travel Guide
Weather in New Orleans
Average temperatures in New Orleans vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some hot weeks in the summer, with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 43rd percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit New Orleans, the hottest months are June, August, and then July. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early August where highs are regularly around 93.7°F (34.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 80.3°F (26.8°C) at night.
New Orleans Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
New Orleans Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
New Orleans Perceived Temperature (F)
New Orleans Perceived Temperature (C)
Average New Orleans Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in New Orleans are October, March, and then January. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late January and early February. For example, on the week of January 29th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late May to early June with an average of 5 days of significant precipitation the week of May 28th.
When can you find snow in New Orleans? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in New Orleans.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in New Orleans (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
New Orleans has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is November (50% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (60.1%).
Wind in New Orleans is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by March and May. April’s average wind speed of around 6.3 knots (7.2 MPH or 11.6 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid April where average top sustained speeds reach 14.6 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in New Orleans.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||5.4||Light breeze||10.7||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||5||Light breeze||11.1||Significant breeze|
|Mar||5.5||Light breeze||11.3||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||6.3||Light breeze||12.6||Significant breeze|
|May||5.4||Light breeze||11.2||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||4.3||Light breeze||9.9||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||3.8||Barely noticeable||9.1||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||4||Light breeze||9.9||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||3.6||Barely noticeable||9.2||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||4.3||Light breeze||9.4||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||5.2||Light breeze||10.1||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||5.2||Light breeze||10.2||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to New Orleans?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Aug 21, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for the United States; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 14, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in New Orleans, LA, US is February, followed by January and March. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit New Orleans in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall New Orleans Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 88.8°F (31.6°C) and 65.4°F (18.6°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 3 to 5 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with 8 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in New Orleans, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 92.3°F (33.5°C) and 66.5°F (19.2°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 3 to 10 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is somewhat cool this time of year in New Orleans to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 73.1°F (22.8°C) and 59.4°F (15.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 8 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.