The Best Time to Visit NYC Based on Weather

Figuring out the best-time to visit really depends on what you want to do on your trip. New York City is a great destination year round, but each season has its own perks (and disadvantages).

New York is a beautiful place to visit in spring and during the fall season. The weather is excellent with warm, pleasant temperatures during the day and beautiful skies and well-lit streets at night. During spring, the trees flowering everywhere make New York a sight to behold, and the scents make the air smell delightful. The parks get covered in blooms, and the grass appears green and attractive.

Winter is great for visitors who want to experience the wonders of the holiday season in New York City and don’t mind the cold weather. If you can wait, January sees the crowds dwindle. It’s a great time to get discounts on travel and other things as well as pick up tickets for Broadway shows that are normally sold out.

Weather in January
January is New York’s coldest month with longer days and shorter nights. The temperatures hover between 42.8°F (6°C) and lows of 26.6°F (-3°C), seldom dropping to 14°F (-10°C). Cold winds make it even chiller, especially during the night and in early mornings.

Weather in February
February in New York remains cold with temperatures reading 26.6°F (-3°C) on the coldest days and 44.6°F (7°C) on the warmest days. Chilly winds still blow, making the weather appear even colder. At night the temperatures may go as low as 21.2°F (-6°C).

Weather in March
March is a transitional month in New York, and the first few days may still have winter-like weather, but expect spring weather from mid-March onwards. The temperatures remain low between 33.8°F (1°C) and 48.2°F (9°C) on average. The nights may become colder at 28.4°F (-2°C).

Weather in April
Spring comes to New York in full swing in April along with a rise in average temperatures to 42.8°F (6°C) minimum and 60.8°F (16°C) maximum. The weather feels warmer, especially with the eight hours of steady sunshine per day, and the temperature fluctuates to as high as 77°F (25°C).

Weather in May
The temperatures are mildly warm but not hot, and within the range of 53.6°F (12°C) and 69.8°F (21°C). This makes it a good time for visits to the parks to enjoy the lovely sceneries. With flowers in full bloom, New York looks like a beautiful flower garden.

Weather in June
The lowest temperature average at 62.6°F (17°C), while the highest average at 80.6°F (27°C), making it a generally warm and pleasant month. The dressing code in New York tones down to summer wear and generally light brief clothing. The days become longer than the nights with the sun shining for an average of eleven hours a day.

Weather in July
July is the hottest month with temperatures ranging between 68°F (20°C) and 84.2°F (29°C) and sometimes rising to 89.6°F (32°C). Sidewalk cafes in New York beam with activity and most accommodation places may be fully booked.

Weather in August
The temperatures remain moderately high with minimum averages reading 68°F (20°C) and maximum standards reading 82.4°F (28°C). This is warm and pleasant for outdoor activities, albeit under the shade.

Weather in September
September in New York experiences fluctuating weather, as it transitions into the autumn season. The temperatures read between 60.8°F (16°C) and 75.2°F (24°C), making it a pleasantly warm month.

Weather in October
October is, on average, New York’s driest month with an average humidity of 65%. The crisp, fresh autumn air is felt as October starts, and the skies remain clear, making it bright and magnificent. This remains one of the perfect times to see New York.

Weather in November
In November, the days become shorter and turn gray as the transition to winter continues. The early mornings become chillier than daytime, and the overall temperatures drop to a mildly cold between 41°F (5°C) and 53.6°F (12°C). The nights feel chiller and longer with the average daylight hours remaining at ten.

Weather in December
December in New York is the official first winter month. It is characterized by an average humidity of 64% and a further decrease in temperatures to 39.2°F (4°C) minimum average and 55.4°F (13°C) maximum average. At night, the temperatures come below the freezing point.