The best times to visit New York for ideal weather are

March 5th to July 1st

or

September 10th to December 30th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

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New York Travel Guide

  • Safety
  • The busiest and least popular months
  • Overall travel experience by time of year
  • Weather in New York

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in New York vary greatly and are temperate for about half of the year. The area is in the top 48 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit New York, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early July where highs are regularly around 84.8°F (29.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 72.9°F (22.7°C) at night.

    New York Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

    Key
    High
    Average
    Low

    New York Temperatures (Celsius)

    Key
    High
    Average
    Low

    “Feels-Like” Temperatures

    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 York Perceived Temperature (F)

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    High
    Average
    Low

    New York Perceived Temperature (C)

    Key
    High
    Average
    Low

     

    Average New York 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.

    Show Fahrenheit

    Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
    Jan 38.7 32.5 27.8
    Feb 40.2 33.3 28.5
    Mar 48.6 40.9 35.7
    Apr 59.8 52 46.4
    May 70.7 63 57.7
    Jun 77.9 71 65.8
    Jul 83.8 77.4 72.6
    Aug 81 75.1 70.3
    Sep 76.1 69.9 65.2
    Oct 65.2 59.2 54.5
    Nov 54.5 48.2 43.6
    Dec 46.8 41.4 37.4

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 3.7 0.3 -2.3
    Feb 4.6 0.7 -1.9
    Mar 9.2 4.9 2.1
    Apr 15.4 11.1 8
    May 21.5 17.2 14.3
    Jun 25.5 21.7 18.8
    Jul 28.8 25.2 22.6
    Aug 27.2 23.9 21.3
    Sep 24.5 21.1 18.4
    Oct 18.4 15.1 12.5
    Nov 12.5 9 6.4
    Dec 8.2 5.2 3

     

    Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

    If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of precipitation in New York are December, February, and then June. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early September. For example, on the week of September 3rd there are only 0.9 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late January and early February with an average of 2.6 days with significant precipitation the week of January 29th.

    When can you find snow in New York? Weather stations report moderate or seasonal snow likely to be deepest around no given month, especially close to late February and early March. Powder (new snow) is most often falls around November 5th. 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.

    Chance of Precipitation

    The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in New York.

    Key
    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

    The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in New York (in).

    Key
    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan 28.6 0 0.08
    Feb 30 0 0.1
    Mar 24.3 0 0.1
    Apr 24.3 0 0.07
    May 24.3 0 0.1
    Jun 30 0 0.14
    Jul 25.7 0 0.1
    Aug 22.9 0 0.09
    Sep 18.6 0 0.08
    Oct 25.7 0 0.09
    Nov 24.3 0 0.07
    Dec 34.3 0 0.15

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 28.6 0 0.2
    Feb 30 0 0.25
    Mar 24.3 0 0.25
    Apr 24.3 0 0.18
    May 24.3 0 0.25
    Jun 30 0 0.36
    Jul 25.7 0 0.25
    Aug 22.9 0 0.23
    Sep 18.6 0 0.2
    Oct 25.7 0 0.23
    Nov 24.3 0 0.18
    Dec 34.3 0 0.38

     

    Humidity and Wind

    New York has below average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is March (41.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (58.2%).

    Wind in New York is usually moderate. The windiest month is December, followed by February and March. December’s average wind speed of around 2.1 knots (2.4 MPH or 3.9 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid-December where average top sustained speeds reach 13.1 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

    The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in New York.

    Key
    Avg. Relative Humidity

    Wind

    The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

    Key
    Max Sustained Wind
    Average Daily Wind

    Average Wind Speeds

    Show Wind Speeds

    All wind speeds are in knots.

    Month Avg. Wind Meaning (Beaufort) Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind Meaning (Beufort)
    Jan 2 light air N/A
    Feb 2.1 light air N/A
    Mar 2.1 light air N/A
    Apr 1.9 light air N/A
    May 1.4 light air N/A
    Jun 1.3 light air N/A
    Jul 1.2 light air N/A
    Aug 1.2 light air N/A
    Sep 1.5 light air N/A
    Oct 1.7 light air N/A
    Nov 1.9 light air N/A
    Dec 2.1 light air N/A

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 44.1
    Feb 44.3
    Mar 41.4
    Apr 41.6
    May 50.2
    Jun 58.1
    Jul 55.3
    Aug 57.4
    Sep 58.2
    Oct 58
    Nov 51.5
    Dec 55.3

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to New York?

    As of 6/22/2017 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.
     

    The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

    The busiest month for tourism in New York, NY (USA) is July, followed by September and August. 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 York in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

    Estimated Tourism by Month

     

    Most Popular Months to Visit

    Key
    Tourists Seeking Accommodations

    Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 83 in December means 83% of the tourists vs. July.

    Overall New York Travel Experience by Season

    Spring (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 77.7°F (25.4°C) and 40.6°F (4.8°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 7 to 8 days of precipitation per month. Spring is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

    Summer (June through August)

    The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 7 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in New York, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

    Fall (September through November)

    Fall daily highs range from 80.1°F (26.7°C) and 50.2°F (10.1°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 8 days per month. Tourism is busy during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be slightly higher priced.

    Winter (December through February)

    Weather is somewhat cold this time of year in New York to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 47.9°F (8.8°C) and 33.6°F (0.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a noticeable amount: 8 to 11 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

     

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