When is the best time to go to New York City?

New York has very interchangeable weather with moderate rainfall throughout the year, heat waves in the summer and a very cool temperature in winter and early spring. Snow is concentrated to the winter months.

For many people, the summer season should be avoided. The humidity and high temperatures can make July and August very uncomfortable months. In contrast to such a fact, they are also the most visited months of New York.

So, when is the best time to go to New York City? Here's some more information to help you in your decision:

  • The best months for good weather in New York City are May, June, July, August, September and October
  • On average, the warmest months are July and August
  • January is the coldest month of the year
  • The rainiest months are May, June, July, August, October and December
  • The best months for swimming are July, August and September

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

January 31°F/38°F
February 32°F/41°F
March 40°F/47°F
April 50°F/59°F
May 61°F/68°F
June 70°F/77°F
July 77°F/85°F
August 76°F/83°F
September 68°F/76°F
October 58°F/65°F
November 47°F/54°F
December 38°F/43°F

Weather and climate in New York City

Located on the Atlantic coast of the United States, the city of New York benefits from a continental-temperate type climate that is described as temperate throughout the entire year. The weather, however, is characterized by a particularly high level of humidity.

Winter in New York

Winters in New York are particularly cold and harsh. The average temperature is around 0° C and it is most certainly not uncommon to see frequent snowfalls or snow storms.

Spring and autumn in New York

Autumn and spring are probably the best season to explore and discover New York. The climate at this time of year in New York is particularly warm and this, starting in the month of April. In fact, the city of New York, just as one of its neighboring cities - Boston, enjoys a softened temperature at this time due to its proximity with the Atlantic Ocean. Note however, that the rain in the east is very common in both these seasons.

Summer in New York

If one describes the winter as very cold in New York, then the eastern summer in and of itself is rather very hot. Average temperatures are found to be around 24° C, but the choking sensation is enhanced by the strong urbanization and population size.

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Charts: temperature and rainfall in New York City

In the charts below, you can see the following seasonal norms for the city of New York City: 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.

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Precipitation (rainfall)

Daily sunshine hours

Sea temperature


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