The best times to visit New York for ideal weather are

May 7th to October 14th

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 fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 42nd 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 82.7°F (28.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 65.1°F (18.4°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 34.2 26.5 19.3
Feb 33.9 26.1 18.7
Mar 44.6 35.5 27.6
Apr 58 47.5 38.6
May 69.8 59.1 49.6
Jun 76.6 67 58.6
Jul 81.4 72.2 63.7
Aug 79.4 70.3 61.9
Sep 73.7 64.2 55.7
Oct 62.2 53.5 45.9
Nov 50.5 42.3 35
Dec 40.7 33.8 27.4

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 1.2 -3.1 -7.1
Feb 1.1 -3.3 -7.4
Mar 7 1.9 -2.4
Apr 14.4 8.6 3.7
May 21 15.1 9.8
Jun 24.8 19.4 14.8
Jul 27.4 22.3 17.6
Aug 26.3 21.3 16.6
Sep 23.2 17.9 13.2
Oct 16.8 11.9 7.7
Nov 10.3 5.7 1.7
Dec 4.8 1 -2.6


 

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 February, January, and then November. 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. For example, on the week of January 22nd there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late July with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of July 23rd.

When can you find snow in New York? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to early to mid February. The best time to ski (if at all) in New York is often around around February 12th 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 12% 4.1 1.6
Feb 12% 6.9 1.5
Mar 13% 5.1 2
Apr 16% 1.7 2.1
May 15% 0 2.2
Jun 19% 0 3.1
Jul 16% 0 2.6
Aug 14% 0 2.5
Sep 14% 0 2.3
Oct 17% 3.4 2.5
Nov 13% 2.9 1.6
Dec 17% 4.4 2.6

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 12 10.4 4.1
Feb 12 17.5 3.8
Mar 13 13 5.1
Apr 16 4.3 5.3
May 15 0 5.6
Jun 19 0 7.9
Jul 16 0 6.6
Aug 14 0 6.4
Sep 14 0 5.8
Oct 17 8.6 6.4
Nov 13 7.4 4.1
Dec 17 11.2 6.6

 

Humidity and Wind

New York has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (50.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (66.5%).

Wind in New York is usually calm. The windiest month is February, followed by March and January. February’s average wind speed of around 7.3 knots (8.4 MPH or 13.5 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid February where average top sustained speeds reach 15.8 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 7 Gentle breeze 14.8 Significant breeze
Feb 7.3 Gentle breeze 15.1 Significant breeze
Mar 7 Gentle breeze 14.7 Significant breeze
Apr 6.9 Light breeze 14.8 Significant breeze
May 5.6 Light breeze 12.8 Significant breeze
Jun 5.3 Light breeze 12.2 Significant breeze
Jul 4.9 Light breeze 11.6 Significant breeze
Aug 4.7 Light breeze 11.3 Significant breeze
Sep 5 Light breeze 11.7 Significant breeze
Oct 6 Light breeze 13.1 Significant breeze
Nov 6.5 Light breeze 13.6 Significant breeze
Dec 6.9 Light breeze 14.3 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 58.2%
Feb 55.9%
Mar 52%
Apr 50.7%
May 55.8%
Jun 64.1%
Jul 63.6%
Aug 65.2%
Sep 66.5%
Oct 64.8%
Nov 59.4%
Dec 64.8%

 

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, United States is July, followed by August and September. 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 67.9 in December means 67.9% 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 75.5°F (24.2°C) and 36°F (2.2°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 5 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 the most precipitation with 4 to 6 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 78.2°F (25.7°C) and 45.3°F (7.4°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 5 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 41.8°F (5.4°C) and 29.9°F (-1.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 3 to 5 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

 

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