The best times to visit Rochester for ideal weather are

April 30th to September 30th

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



Other Rochester Travel Info

Weather in Rochester


Average temperatures in Rochester 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 25th 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 Rochester, 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 84.3°F (29.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 61.7°F (16.5°C) at night.

Rochester Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Rochester Temperatures (Celsius)


“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.

Rochester Perceived Temperature (F)


Rochester Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Rochester 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 34.9 25.6 16.9
Feb 33.5 24.7 16.1
Mar 45.9 35 25.3
Apr 60.6 47.5 35.8
May 73.4 60.2 47.4
Jun 79.7 67.5 56.4
Jul 83.6 71.5 60
Aug 81.5 69.5 58.7
Sep 76 63 52.1
Oct 63.6 52.1 42.6
Nov 51.7 41.1 31.7
Dec 40.8 32.5 24.8

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 1.6 -3.6 -8.4
Feb 0.8 -4.1 -8.8
Mar 7.7 1.7 -3.7
Apr 15.9 8.6 2.1
May 23 15.7 8.6
Jun 26.5 19.7 13.6
Jul 28.7 21.9 15.6
Aug 27.5 20.8 14.8
Sep 24.4 17.2 11.2
Oct 17.6 11.2 5.9
Nov 10.9 5.1 -0.2
Dec 4.9 0.3 -4



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Rochester are January, March, 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 October with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of October 22nd.

When can you find snow in Rochester? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to early February. The best time to ski (if at all) in Rochester 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.

Chance of Precipitation

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

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 17% 3.6 2
Feb 21% 5.5 2.2
Mar 17% 3.8 2.3
Apr 24% 1.4 3
May 20% 0 2.8
Jun 29% 0 4.3
Jul 24% 0 4.3
Aug 22% 0 3.2
Sep 21% 0 2.8
Oct 30% 0 3.7
Nov 18% 1.9 2.3
Dec 27% 3.6 3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 17 9.1 5.1
Feb 21 14 5.6
Mar 17 9.7 5.8
Apr 24 3.6 7.6
May 20 0 7.1
Jun 29 0 10.9
Jul 24 0 10.9
Aug 22 0 8.1
Sep 21 0 7.1
Oct 30 0 9.4
Nov 18 4.8 5.8
Dec 27 9.1 7.6


Humidity and Wind

Rochester has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is April (49.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (65.9%).

Wind in Rochester is usually moderate. The windiest month is February, followed by April and January. February’s average wind speed of around 9.2 knots (10.6 MPH or 17 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 April where average top sustained speeds reach 18 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

Avg. Relative Humidity


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

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.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 8.8 Gentle breeze 16.7 Significant breeze
Feb 9.2 Gentle breeze 16.7 Significant breeze
Mar 8.7 Gentle breeze 15.7 Significant breeze
Apr 8.9 Gentle breeze 16.8 Significant breeze
May 7 Gentle breeze 14.4 Significant breeze
Jun 6.6 Light breeze 13.9 Significant breeze
Jul 6 Light breeze 12.9 Significant breeze
Aug 5.8 Light breeze 12.1 Significant breeze
Sep 5.8 Light breeze 12.2 Significant breeze
Oct 7.1 Gentle breeze 13.9 Significant breeze
Nov 7.5 Gentle breeze 14.2 Significant breeze
Dec 8.2 Gentle breeze 15.1 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 60.9%
Feb 60.1%
Mar 53.3%
Apr 49.9%
May 52.1%
Jun 60%
Jul 60.2%
Aug 64%
Sep 65.9%
Oct 64.7%
Nov 60.1%
Dec 64.8%


Is it Safe to Travel to Rochester?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Dec 04, 2023 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 Dec 04, 2023.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Rochester, NY, US is July, followed by August and June. 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 Rochester in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

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 extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 34.7 in November means 34.7% of the tourists vs. July.



Overall Rochester Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 79.3°F (26.3°C) and 35.7°F (2.1°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 7 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

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 7 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Rochester, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 80.9°F (27.2°C) and 45.8°F (7.7°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 9 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Rochester to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 42.2°F (5.7°C) and 30.3°F (-0.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 8 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.


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