Best Time to Visit New York

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit New York. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of New York City und Niagara Falls. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit New York for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol -8 °C to 28 °C
Waves Symbol 2 °C to 23 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 2.483.94 in (6 – 9 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 8.6 °C (Niagara Falls) and 12 °C (New York City)
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Geographical location

New York is not only the name of the gigantic metropolis New York City, but also designates an entire federal state on the northeast coast of the USA.

The so-called Empire State has the third highest population after Texas and California and is divided by the locals into the two areas Upstate New York (for all places above New York City) and Downstate New York.

New York borders the US states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and Ontario and Québec on the Canadian side. With more than eight million inhabitants, New York City is the most populous city in the United States, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island.

Other cities in the state include Buffalo, Rochester and Yonkers. To the far west, on the border with Canada, lies the city of Niagara Falls (with the world famous falls).

Climate in New York

Statue of Liberty (William Warby)  [flickr.com]  CC BY 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The entire state of New York is located in the temperate climate zone. The climate is mainly determined by the continental land masses in the west. New York City has a humid continental climate. The winters are very cold, frosty and partly snowy. In addition, an icy wind often blows through the streets of New York. Summers can become very warm and sometimes humid with highs of up to 40 °C.

The average annual temperature in New York City is 12 °C. The warmest month is July with an average of 24 °C and the coldest month is January with an average of -0.4 °C. There is no rainy season, the precipitation is spread over the whole year. On the coast, however, the spring is rainy, in the interior rather the autumn.

In the low mountain ranges of the Appalachian Mountains the temperatures are usually cooler, but also drier all year round. Lake Ontario in the northwest also has less rain overall than the coastal towns in the state of New York. In recent years, record values and extreme weather phenomena have increased, so strong snowstorms are no longer a rarity, especially in winter.

Best Time to Visit New York: Overview

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When to visit New York?


Basically New York is well travelable all year round, although the winter months from December to early March are often not ideal for exploration tours due to heavy snowfall and icy temperatures. From April it becomes noticeably friendlier, but at night it can still be very cold. The best time to visit New York is the summer months from May to October.

Warm temperatures and up to 10 hours of sunshine ensure”T-shirt weather” and let New York shine in the best light. However, on particularly hot days in July and August, temperatures may well be well above 30 °C, which can heat up even more, especially in the city due to the high-rise buildings and the heavy traffic. Therefore, midsummer is not the best time to travel if you have heart or circulation problems.

Our favourites are therefore the periods from the end of April to the beginning of July and from the end of August to mid-October.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (New York) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
New York CityMay, June, July, August, September, and October
Niagara FallsMay, June, July, August, September, and October

Climate Charts New York

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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New York City

Climate Chart New York City
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Niagara Falls

Climate Chart Niagara Falls
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Day Temperatures

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Precipitation

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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables New York

In the following, you will find some climate tables for New York, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in New York City

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature15°20°25°28°28°24°18°12°
Night Temperature-4°-3°11°17°20°20°16°10°-1°
Water Temperature13°18°22°23°21°17°11°
Precipitation (inch)3.173.023.593.93.83.653.83.413.32.883.653.42
Rainy days889999877689
Hours of Sunshine557789898755
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in New York City is 12 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: July (24.2 °C)
Coldest month: January (-0.4 °C)

The maximum water temperature in New York City is 23 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
June, July, August, September, and October

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
July, August, and September

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 41.59 inch on 97 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, March, November, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 9.2 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Niagara Falls (New York)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature12°19°24°27°26°23°16°
Night Temperature-8°-8°-4°13°16°15°11°-5°
Precipitation (inch)2.952.482.873.033.113.073.033.863.393.073.943.46
Hours of Sunshine34578101097532
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Niagara Falls is 8.6 °C.

Warmest month: July (21.4 °C)
Coldest month: February (-4.1 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 38.27 inch

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, March, April, November, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 9.9 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


No trip to New York State without a visit from Big Apple, the city that never sleeps. New York City offers around-the-clock entertainment and a wealth of exciting sights. Whether Times Square, Central Park, Broadway, Empire State Building or a ferry ride to the Statue of Liberty Island – we are completely honest: The most important highlights of the city are certainly no longer insider tips!

Therefore at this point only a handful of tips: Did you know that the Staten Island ferry is free? How does a rowing boat ride on one of the lakes in Central Park sound? And have you heard of New York’s highest vantage point at the One World Trade Center? And the surrounding countryside will also enchant you, not far from the city limits, idyllic landscapes await you before you reach the hustle and bustle of the Niagar Falls to the west.

More information about the best things to do: New York City

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in New York City (Station Brooklyn)
clear sky     clear sky, -3.5 °C
Clouds: 1 %       Wind: 4 mph WNW
Air Pressure: 1022 hPa       Humidity: 66 %
Last updated: 19th Dec 2018, 01:15 pm
The next days …
20th Dec 201821st Dec 201822nd Dec 201823rd Dec 201824th Dec 201825th Dec 2018
moderate rain-1 °C to 8 °Cheavy intensity rain10 °C to 14 °Csky is clear3 °C to 6 °Clight rain2 °C to 6 °Csky is clear-1 °C to 2 °Clight snow-3 °C to 1 °C
-1 °C to 8 °C10 °C to 14 °C3 °C to 6 °C2 °C to 6 °C-1 °C to 2 °C-3 °C to 1 °C
Clouds: 32 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 50 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 86 %Clouds: 34 %
0.16 in of rain1.73 in of rainNo Precipitation0.1 in of rainNo Precipitation0.02 in of snow
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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USA: Regions

New York is part of the holiday destination USA. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

New York: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 2 reviews for New York holiday already. Average rating is 3 of 5 stars.
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    Lisa, 20 years old was there in December

    I was in Manhattan for the last week of December and the first week of January and it was freezing cold! From time to time rain, but on the coldest days sunshine, therefore no snow (was in 2016/17) Still beautiful, what else than cold you can’t expect here in winter

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    Daniel, 34 years old was there in December

    In one week almost no rain, only once in the evening by a shower surprised, in addition on one evening light snowfall. And not really cold for the first few days (around 10 °C).
    After that, however, it became extremely cold. All in all, the weather for New York in December was ok, which could have been much worse.

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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