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New York City Weather

New York City is host to a wide range of different weather conditions. The weather is often fickle, and changes can be sudden; the sweltering Summer months can be notoriously hot and humid, while temperatures during the City’s long Winter usually hover below freezing. But unlike a lot of it’s other, similar sized counterparts, New York offers something different for every season of the year for visitors, and NYC Tourist provides you with in-depth information to give you the best idea of what to expect on your vacation to the Big Apple.

Winter: The wind patterns in New York City neutralize most warming effects from the Atlantic ocean, making NY winters colder than most other coastal cities ate a similar longitude. Despite the cold temperatures, however, the Tree in Rockefeller Center, the Macy’s Day Parade, and other NYC winter traditions make New York a magical place to be when the days are shorter. Additionally, there are few things more romantic than a New York City blizzard in February, with the bright city lights reflecting off the white snow for a diamond-like effect.  But remember, thick coats, scarves, hats and gloves are all necessities from November to February in NYC. December can get pretty chilly, and the average high temperature in January is only 31 degrees! Also, be sure to pack a pair of Winter boots and some extra socks, as the snow can make it tricky to navigate New York City by foot.

Spring: March is a little warmer than its predecessors, but it rarely gets above 50 degrees, and any NYC visitor would almost certainly want to wear a winter coat for most activities. Real Spring-time usually begins in New York in early April, with the bare trees of Central Park regaining their green leaves, runners just begin preparing for the New York City Marathon, and the last remnants of snow finally melting away. The temperatures range from 50 to 80 degrees, proving some unpredictability. However, of the Spring months in NYC, May is perhaps the best one to visit New York, given that it rains less and is more consistently warm. May is also the time most New Yorkers enjoy the lack of humidity, which is just around the corner. The temperature rises steadily in June, but the nights are still comfortable, making it a great time of the year to visit New York’s Yankee Stadium. 

Summer: There’s a reason those who can afford it usually retreat from New York City in the late Summer months. The humidity in New York is a product of its location, tall buildings, and millions of people in one area, (known often as the ‘urban heat island effect’) and it can make for some really uncomfortable Summer days. Though the temperature on the thermometer usually reads around 85 degrees, the humidity can make it feel well over 100 in New York City. Also, be prepared for one of their frequent severe afternoon thunderstorms with umbrellas and raincoats. But there is some upside to New York City in the summer. The highlight of July is probably the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks display, and with two baseball teams, outdoor concerts in Battery Park, and multiple outdoor art exhibits, there are plenty of things to do in a balmy NYC. August is still plenty warm, but the city becomes a little less crowded as many of the summer tourists have left and the foliage seekers haven’t descended upon New York City.

Fall: Finally, Fall is quite possibly the most gorgeous season to take in the Big Apple. Northeast foliage attracts tourists from all over the country, and Central Park is New York’s showcase for the reds, yellows and oranges that make up the trees this time of year. Additionally, many of the summer tourists are gone and the holiday crowd has yet to arrive, giving NYC a less crowded feeling. September is still usually a little humid and sticky in NYC, especially at the beginning of the month, so pack some summer clothes. October in particular is one of the nicest months to visit New York, given the scenic foliage, mild precipitation, and a comfortable average temperature in the mid-60’s.

Much like Wall Street, the forecast in New York can be great one minute and gloomy the next. The best thing to do when planning a vacation in New York is to check the updated forecast at NYC Tourist before - and during - your stay in the Big Apple.