New York weather
New York weather provides everything from snow in winter through to hot and sometimes very humid summer weather, making it one of the most varied climates in the USA.
New York weather averages and climate information
Lying on the eastern seaboard of the United States of America, New York is on the same latitude as Madrid, Spain. Due to the density of its population and, particularly in Manhattan, the number of highrise buildings that trap heat and stall air movement, it can become very humid.
Due to its geographical location near the Atlantic Ocean and where the Hudson River meets the sea, New York sees very distinct seasons. While summer can be hot and sticky, winter is marked by bitter cold and freezing temperatures. Heavy snowfall is not unusual between December and March, but this gives way to rainfall of more than 90mm per month between April and June.
Autumn is a very popular time for tourists to visit as the weather is still warm but the humidity has abated. Less rain and temperatures of between 12 and 25 °C combine with the colourful autumnal trees to make this an ideal time to visit.
The five boroughs of the City of New York are all clustered together around the mouth of the Hudson River where it flows into the Atlantic. This puts the city right on the eastern coast of the USA, so it’s subject to significant changes between seasons. However, there is no difference in the weather you’ll find in one part of the city to the next.
That’s not to say there are not variations across the whole of New York State, which is a much larger area that stretches from New York City in the south to the Canadian border. As a result, the climate in upstate New York tends to be cooler in the summer and more snow-bound in the winter than the city.
Summer weather in New York
From June through to September, the City of New York has average temperatures above 25 °C to make it a very warm place to live, work and visit. During this period, there is also plenty of rain and you can expect more than 85mm each month in summer due to heavy downpours. These tend to dry up quickly as the city enjoys 10 hours of sunshine per day in mid-summer.
Winter weather in New York
Winter is the driest season for New York as average rainfall drops by as much as 20mm per month compared to the summer. The rain is replaced by snow that is heaviest from December to February. It’s accompanied by very low temperatures that can dip down to an average of 4 °C in January. With only five hours of sunshine each day during these coldest months, it can feel very cold when the wind blows off the Atlantic, but still days can be very crisp and pleasant.
When is the best time to go to New York?
Early autumn is the perfect time to experience New York with temperatures lying in a comfortable range between 18 °C and 25 °C without the high humidity of the summer months. There’s also less rain during September and October than in the preceding five months and little chance of snow.
New York tourist information
So good they named it twice, New York lies within the state of New York, and is the most populous city in the United States. Culturally rich, with over 800 languages being spoken within the confines of the city, New York boasts significant influence over areas such as commerce, fashion, media, art, fashion and entertainment.
New York weather can become very hot and humid in the summer, as tropical air occasionally pushes northwards, with occasional bitterly cold blasts from Canada. As we saw with Hurricane Sandy, tropical storms can also impact the city during late summer and early to mid autumn.
As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, there are a tremendous variety of attractions to see and things to do. The five boroughs of New York are home to some of the most famous landmarks in history; from the back drop of Hollywood films and hit TV Series to the iconic Statue of Liberty.
The sheer scale of the New York skyline is incredible. The buildings are tall, the streets are long, and there are thousands of people milling about.
Top of the list of places to visit first should be a trip to the summit of either the Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Centre, for an awe-inspiring view of the city from above. This perfect panoramic picture from over 100 stories high on either tower gives a view over New York like no other.
Art and history connoisseurs alike will be at home wondering around New York's myriad of museums and galleries. 'Museum Mile' - a stretch of Fifth Avenue from East 82nd to East 105th Streets - is home to many of the world's most famous galleries and museums, including the Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Jewish Museum, to name a few. Across Central Park you can find the American Museum of Natural History, which is well worth a visit and is family friendly.
Central Park itself is synonymous with the entertainment business. Many Hollywood movies and hit TV series have been filmed in and around this 843 acre runner's paradise. Populated by winding walkways and serene lakes, the park is equally as beautiful in both summer and winter. As you walk around you will notice many people playing sports on the luscious grass, and bikers cruising around the perimeter of the park.
Of course the other boroughs in New York have plenty to offer. Tours around the various areas of the city are popular, as well as taking the ferry out to Staten Island. Here you can take in the views of the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge. New York is bound to leave visitors wanting to go back again and again to experience everything this great city has to offer.
Last updated: Mar 31, 2017 9:39 AM