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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    Average
    Low

    New York Temperatures (Celsius)

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    Average
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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

    MonthAvg. High (°F)Avg. Mean (°F)Avg. Low (°F)
    Jan40.133.628.6
    Feb40.633.327.7
    Mar52.343.437
    Apr63.853.746.3
    May72.762.654.7
    Jun8071.164.4
    Jul84.876.269.1
    Aug82.974.567.9
    Sep75.868.161.7
    Oct65.157.751.7
    Nov53.747.542.5
    Dec43.336.931.8

    Show Celsius

    MonthAvg. High (°C)Avg. Mean (°C)Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan4.50.9-1.9
    Feb4.80.7-2.4
    Mar11.36.32.8
    Apr17.712.17.9
    May22.61712.6
    Jun26.721.718
    Jul29.324.620.6
    Aug28.323.619.9
    Sep24.320.116.5
    Oct18.414.310.9
    Nov12.18.65.8
    Dec6.32.7-0.1


     

    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.

    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

    MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (in)Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan19%2.13.2
    Feb24%4.83.8
    Mar23%6.25.6
    Apr24%04.2
    May26%03.7
    Jun29%05.8
    Jul24%04.9
    Aug23%05.3
    Sep17%03.6
    Oct23%04.6
    Nov27%02.9
    Dec37%4.48

    Show Centimeters

    MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (cm)Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan195.38.1
    Feb2412.29.7
    Mar2315.714.2
    Apr24010.7
    May2609.4
    Jun29014.7
    Jul24012.4
    Aug23013.5
    Sep1709.1
    Oct23011.7
    Nov2707.4
    Dec3711.220.3

     

    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.

    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. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

    MonthAvg. WindAvg. Wind FeelSustained High WindHigh Wind Feel
    Jan6Light breeze11.4Significant breeze
    Feb6.6Light breeze12Significant breeze
    Mar6.3Light breeze11.9Significant breeze
    Apr5.7Light breeze11.1Significant breeze
    May4.7Light breeze10.1Significant breeze
    Jun4Light breeze9.1Gentle breeze
    Jul4Light breeze8.4Significant breeze
    Aug3.7Barely noticeable8.2Gentle breeze
    Sep4.3Light breeze9Significant breeze
    Oct4.5Light breeze9.3Gentle breeze
    Nov5.4Light breeze10.5Significant breeze
    Dec6.4Light breeze12Significant breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    MonthAvg. Relative Humidity
    Jan44.2%
    Feb44.8%
    Mar43.6%
    Apr43.6%
    May50.6%
    Jun60%
    Jul55.7%
    Aug58.8%
    Sep58.7%
    Oct58%
    Nov53.4%
    Dec51.6%

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to New York?

    Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Mar 17, 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 Mar 15, 2019.


     

    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

    Key
    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.


    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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