The best times to visit New York for ideal weather are

April 16th to June 24th

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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Weather in New York

Temperature

Average temperatures in New York vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 31st 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 York, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid July where highs are regularly around 87.3°F (30.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 71.1°F (21.7°C) at night.

New York Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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New York Temperatures (Celsius)

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“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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New York Perceived Temperature (C)

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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 40.1 33.6 28.6
Feb 40.6 33.3 27.7
Mar 52.3 43.4 37
Apr 63.8 53.7 46.3
May 72.7 62.6 54.7
Jun 80 71.1 64.4
Jul 84.8 76.2 69.1
Aug 82.9 74.5 67.9
Sep 75.8 68.1 61.7
Oct 65.1 57.7 51.7
Nov 53.7 47.5 42.5
Dec 43.3 36.9 31.8

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 4.5 0.9 -1.9
Feb 4.8 0.7 -2.4
Mar 11.3 6.3 2.8
Apr 17.7 12.1 7.9
May 22.6 17 12.6
Jun 26.7 21.7 18
Jul 29.3 24.6 20.6
Aug 28.3 23.6 19.9
Sep 24.3 20.1 16.5
Oct 18.4 14.3 10.9
Nov 12.1 8.6 5.8
Dec 6.3 2.7 -0.1

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Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in New York are September, January, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid to late September. For example, on the week of September 17th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late October with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of October 22nd.

When can you find snow in New York? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around March, especially close to late February and early March. The best time to ski (if at all) in New York is often around around December 17th when fresh powder is deepest. 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.

Chanceof Precipitation

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

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Snow on the Ground

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

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 19% 2.1 3.2
Feb 24% 4.8 3.8
Mar 23% 6.2 5.6
Apr 24% 0 4.2
May 26% 0 3.7
Jun 29% 0 5.8
Jul 24% 0 4.9
Aug 23% 0 5.3
Sep 17% 0 3.6
Oct 23% 0 4.6
Nov 27% 0 2.9
Dec 37% 4.4 8

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 19 5.3 8.1
Feb 24 12.2 9.7
Mar 23 15.7 14.2
Apr 24 0 10.7
May 26 0 9.4
Jun 29 0 14.7
Jul 24 0 12.4
Aug 23 0 13.5
Sep 17 0 9.1
Oct 23 0 11.7
Nov 27 0 7.4
Dec 37 11.2 20.3

 

Humidity and Wind

New York has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is March (43.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (60%).

Wind in New York is usually calm. The windiest month is February, followed by December and March. February’s average wind speed of around 6.6 knots (7.6 MPH or 12.2 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 March where average top sustained speeds reach 12.9 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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Wind

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

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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 6 Light breeze 11.4 Significant breeze
Feb 6.6 Light breeze 12 Significant breeze
Mar 6.3 Light breeze 11.9 Significant breeze
Apr 5.7 Light breeze 11.1 Significant breeze
May 4.7 Light breeze 10.1 Significant breeze
Jun 4 Light breeze 9.1 Gentle breeze
Jul 4 Light breeze 8.4 Significant breeze
Aug 3.7 Barely noticeable 8.2 Gentle breeze
Sep 4.3 Light breeze 9 Significant breeze
Oct 4.5 Light breeze 9.3 Gentle breeze
Nov 5.4 Light breeze 10.5 Significant breeze
Dec 6.4 Light breeze 12 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 44.2%
Feb 44.8%
Mar 43.6%
Apr 43.6%
May 50.6%
Jun 60%
Jul 55.7%
Aug 58.8%
Sep 58.7%
Oct 58%
Nov 53.4%
Dec 51.6%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to New York?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Jan 19, 2018 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, US 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

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

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


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Overall New York Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 79.8°F (26.6°C) and 44.4°F (6.9°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 7 to 8 days of significant 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 81.1°F (27.3°C) and 49.1°F (9.5°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 8 days per month. Tourism is the second busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be slightly higher priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in New York to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 46.6°F (8.1°C) and 37.2°F (2.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 11 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

 

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