The best times to visit New York for ideal weather are

May 7th to July 8th

or

July 23rd 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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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 seasonally temperate. The area is in the top 62 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 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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    High
    Average
    Low

    New York Temperatures (Celsius)

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    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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    Average
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    New York Perceived Temperature (C)

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    High
    Average
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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 44.7 35 26.9
    Feb 46.7 36.8 28.5
    Mar 55.9 45.2 36.1
    Apr 64.5 53.6 44.1
    May 72.9 62.3 52.7
    Jun 80.6 70.2 60.7
    Jul 83.8 73.5 64.4
    Aug 83.2 72.7 63.5
    Sep 77.8 66.9 57.8
    Oct 67.4 56.8 47.9
    Nov 56.2 46.1 37.6
    Dec 47.5 38.6 31.1

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 7.1 1.7 -2.8
    Feb 8.2 2.7 -1.9
    Mar 13.3 7.3 2.3
    Apr 18.1 12 6.7
    May 22.7 16.8 11.5
    Jun 27 21.2 15.9
    Jul 28.8 23.1 18
    Aug 28.4 22.6 17.5
    Sep 25.4 19.4 14.3
    Oct 19.7 13.8 8.8
    Nov 13.4 7.8 3.1
    Dec 8.6 3.7 -0.5

     

    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, June, and then October. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late August to early September. For example, on the week of August 27th there are only 1.4 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early-to-mid-June with an average of 2.4 days with significant precipitation the week of June 11th.

    When can you find snow in New York? Weather stations report a good amount of snow throughout the year likely to be deepest around February, especially close to early-to-mid-February. Powder (new snow) is most often falls around October 29th. 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 30 0.9 0.05
    Feb 27.1 1.6 0.05
    Mar 25.7 1.2 0.06
    Apr 30 0.3 0.07
    May 27.1 0 0.07
    Jun 31.4 0 0.1
    Jul 27.1 0 0.08
    Aug 25.7 0 0.08
    Sep 24.3 0 0.08
    Oct 30 0.4 0.08
    Nov 25.7 0.6 0.05
    Dec 32.9 1.1 0.08

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 30 2.3 0.13
    Feb 27.1 4.1 0.13
    Mar 25.7 3 0.15
    Apr 30 0.8 0.18
    May 27.1 0 0.18
    Jun 31.4 0 0.25
    Jul 27.1 0 0.2
    Aug 25.7 0 0.2
    Sep 24.3 0 0.2
    Oct 30 1 0.2
    Nov 25.7 1.5 0.13
    Dec 32.9 2.8 0.2

     

    Humidity and Wind

    New York has slightly low to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. 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 moderate. 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 “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.

    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 7 a gentle breeze 14.8 a moderate breeze
    Feb 7.3 a gentle breeze 15.1 a moderate breeze
    Mar 7 a gentle breeze 14.7 a moderate breeze
    Apr 6.9 a light breeze 14.8 a moderate breeze
    May 5.6 a light breeze 12.8 a moderate breeze
    Jun 5.3 a light breeze 12.2 a moderate breeze
    Jul 4.9 a light breeze 11.6 a moderate breeze
    Aug 4.7 a light breeze 11.3 a moderate breeze
    Sep 5 a light breeze 11.7 a moderate breeze
    Oct 6 a light breeze 13.1 a moderate breeze
    Nov 6.5 a light breeze 13.6 a moderate breeze
    Dec 6.9 a light breeze 14.3 a moderate 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?

    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, 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

    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 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 warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 8 to 9 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 8 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 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 fair amount: 7 to 9 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 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 noticeable amount: 8 to 10 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

     

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