When moving to a new city, you may find yourself adapting to a new climate. New York City is certainly a place where you can experience all four seasons. From winter’s frozen lakes and first snowfall to flowers blooming in spring, there’s also burning hot summers and crisp falls. Stay prepared though, because the weather in this city can sometimes change monthly.
Fortunately, there’s always something to do here, rain or shine. Get cultured indoors at one of the city’s world-class museums and art galleries or explore outdoor street fairs and picnics in the park.
To give you a better idea of the monthly weather conditions in NYC, here is our seasonal guide, including suggestions on what to do and what to wear. Each season showcases the city in a totally different way.
As it transitions from winter into spring, the weather conditions can range monthly (or daily!) from dry and warmer temperatures to cooler, rainy days. Layer with sweaters and lighter weight jackets, and always pack an umbrella when heading out the door.
During March, the days get longer with more daylight. It’s typically a dry month, with the temperature varying from highs of 50 to 35°F, to lows of 10 to 1°F. Big events happening in the city this month include the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. If you’re feeling up for a fitness challenge you can participate in the New York City Half Marathon. As April arrives the blossoms appear on the city’s cherry trees. Along with April showers, the average temperature reaches somewhere between 62 to 45°F and at the lowest around 16 to 7°F. It’s common to start seeing a lot more people outdoors, whether it’s biking or strolling around one of NYC’s outstanding parks. Cultural highlights include the Tribeca Film Festival and annual Easter Parade along Fifth Avenue.
It can often rain in May, with temperatures rising from 54 to 72°F. On cooler days the temperature can drop from 22 to 12°F. May is also the month that most outdoor activities begin getting underway. These include the free theatrical performances at Shakespeare in the Park and street fairs like The Ninth Avenue International Food Festival.
Summers are renowned for being hot and humid. Keep cool with cotton and linen fabrics, and some comfy shoes to pound the streets in.
It doesn’t often rain in June when the summer starts to warm up and humidity rears its head. The average temperatures can rise from 64 to 80°F and drop to 18°F. Live music starts to soundtrack the city, with events like the Northside Festival, the Brooklyn Street Party and Pride livening things up.
July can be a wild card when it comes to the weather. During this month the temperatures can rise from 25 to 85°F, but the odd thunderstorm isn’t unusual. These warmer evenings around the city make outdoor cinemas a popular choice. Locals make sure to get out and see the fireworks displays while celebrating Independence Day on the 4th of July.
The weather in August can be too hot to handle for some NYC residents, making it a peak season for a weekend getaway. The heated temperatures can rise from 65°F to 85°F. Those that don’t escape to the beach or sun themselves on the grass in Central Park can stay in the city for one of the big summer parties. Such events include The Jazz Age Lawn Party and diverse community celebrations like the Indonesian Street Festival.
As the summer winds down, the evenings will become cooler. It’s worth taking a jacket out at night and switching to long sleeves and warmer fabrics.
September can still be a mild season, with the average temperature reaching highs of 76 to 61°F and at the lower range, 24 to 16°F. The humidity from the summer still lingers in the air. Highlights during this month are New York Fashion Fashion Week and the Labor Day Parade.
In October the leaves change color making it the most scenic autumnal month in New York. The average temperature veers between 10 to 65°F and rainfall is rare. Halloween is a big deal for New Yorkers, with many parties and parades happening across the city. Other outdoor events include Oktoberfest and The New York Coffee Festival.
The temperature drops significantly in November, from 40°F during the day to – 6°F after dark. Snow may start to appear, taking activities indoors. Regardless of the weather though, everyone heads out to celebrate the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade, along with the infamous Black Friday shopping discount day. The Tree Lighting Celebrations at Rockefeller Center signify the start of the run-up to Christmas.
It really is a white winter in NYC. Keep warm with sensible footwear like snow boots or waterproof shoes, along with hats and gloves. Invest in quality garments that can keep in the heat, like a down puffer jacket and thermal undergarments.
December is a magical month in the city when snowfall is expected. Temperature-wise, the average high is 6 to 8 °F while the low can be around -1 to -2°F. Despite the cold, there are many outdoor family-friendly activities across the city. From German Christmas markets at Grand Central Terminal to ice-skating in Central Park, or having a look at the extravagant window displays at the famous department stores.
The coldest season in NYC arrives at the start of the year in January and February. The average temperature barely ever rises above -3 to -2°F during these months. Truly a hibernation season, there are some evening activities to enjoy like the new season at the Met Opera and A Night at the Museum sleepovers hosted by the Natural History Museum.
Whichever neighborhood you choose to stay in, and whatever month you arrive in the city, you’re going to want to be comfortable. If you opt to stay in a furnished, equipped and serviced apartment like a Blueground rental, you’ll feel like a local from day one. You’ll be able to show up and start living with connected heating and cooling utilities to see you through any season. Flexible lease terms allow guests to change apartments and explore areas, giving you a completely elevated New York City experience.