When is the best time to go to New Orleans?

When is the best time to go to New Orleans? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • The weather is good all year round in New Orleans
  • On average, the warmest months are June, July, August and September
  • New Orleans has dry periods in November and December
  • January is the coldest month of the year
  • The best months for swimming are June, July, August and September

For full information about the climate and weather in New Orleans a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 54°F/61°F
February 58°F/67°F
March 65°F/72°F
April 72°F/77°F
May 79°F/85°F
June 85°F/90°F
July 85°F/90°F
August 85°F/90°F
September 83°F/88°F
October 74°F/81°F
November 63°F/70°F
December 58°F/65°F

Weather and climate in New Orleans

New Orleans, the largest city in the state of Louisiana, is quite favorable to tourists throughout the entire year. However, if one is sensitive to humidity and a generally warm atmosphere, the more preferred moments would be the fall or the spring. New Orleans, which is located at the same latitude as the city of Houston in Texas, has a humid subtropical climate, where the heat and rainfall battle throughout the seasons. Winter is characterized by pleasantly warm temperatures that are less severe than in many northern states, like Utah. Relatively short, the winter leaves more time for the spring and fall seasons, which are the best times to explore New Orleans in all its splendor and beauty.

Spring Climate in New Orleans

Spring begins as early as the end of February and it is possible to enjoy the pleasant, hot temperatures in the middle of the day. Even if temperatures continue to rise, they remain comfortable. Up until the month of May, the weather conditions in New Orleans is nothing short of those in Miami, Florida.

Summer Climate in new Orleans

From June to September, the heat slowly intensifies before experiencing a slight decline. At this time of year, temperatures easily exceed 34° C, which is quite high, but still acceptable once compared with those in Phoenix, Arizona. The summer season is also the wettest season of the year.

Automn Climate in New Orleans

Temperatures start to drop within the last ten days of September. At the same time, the rains retreat quietly. It is not surprising that with the drop in temperature which promotes a more comfortable feel and the withdrawal of rain that more time is left for sunshine. October is one of the best times to visit New Orleans.

Winter Climate in New Orleans

The winter is very mild as temperatures range from 10° C to 17° C. The nights and mornings are quite cool but when the sun is in the east and high enough, the temperature turns into warmth and pleasant freshness.

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Charts: temperature and rainfall in New Orleans

In the charts below, you can see the following seasonal norms for the city of New Orleans: the minimum and maximum outdoor temperature, the risk and amount of monthly rainfall, daily average sunshine, sea temperature, and relative humidity for each month of the year.

Outside temperature

Precipitation (rainfall)

Daily sunshine hours

Sea temperature


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New Orleans appears on the map below with a blue icon. The other cities or locations in Louisiana appear on the map with a black icon. Click for information about the climate.

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