New York Holiday Weather


Despite the changing climate, New York is a popular destination throughout the year. Although you’ll find the most pleasant weather from May to mid-June, the prospect of having a ‘White Christmas’ in the city that never sleeps is an idea that thrills a lot of people, that’s why it’s also a popular winter destination.

New York’s weather frequently changes and throughout the year there is moderate rainfall. The city occasionally experiences heatwaves in the summer but it gets very cold during winter and even into early spring. The most pleasant temperatures tend to happen in June, July, August, and September. Typically, the wettest month is April, the warmest is July and the driest is October.


Winter is from December to February and is cold with average temperatures just above freezing. In addition, snowfalls are frequent and can result in real snowstorms. Snowstorms are typical of the country’s northeast part and tend to severely hamper conditions for days on end at times.

January is the coldest month of the year with the regions near the Adirondacks almost frigid while the regions near the Catskills mountains and Hudson Valley are in the average range of -11°C.


Spring is from March to May and while the weather continues to be unstable, it’s normal for warm days to alternate with cold weather. Don’t be surprised though because it can still snow in March until early April. April is when you see the trees and plants slowly coming back to life after the departure of the sometimes frigid winter. However, by May the temperature becomes more delightful, albeit with the occasional cold days or a bit of rain.

May is considered an excellent month to visit New York with sunshine that lasts up to 8 hours. Sunny days are aplenty throughout the state. However, do not rule out precipitation that comes mostly in the form of light showers that don’t linger for long.


Summer in New York is hot, more so in July and August. However rainy and cool days can alternate with hot days and it is not unusual to experience thunderstorms in the afternoon. July is the hottest month of the year with average high temperatures of 23°C to 29°C. August is also a hot month and many parts of the state have temperatures above 32°C. Sunny days abound with sunshine that lasts for 9 hours.


Fall is from September to November and compared to the other seasons, it’s more stable and milder, at least in the first part. Early September is still humid and hot with sunshine and thunderstorms in the afternoon. The weather becomes mild until the middle of October. During the second half of the month, you’ll start to feel the first cold days.

October is when the first fall foliage starts to showcase its colours and it’s singularly magnificent in upstate New York where you will see a diverse landscape made up of mountains, streams, meadows, rivers, and lakes. The first snowfall may happen in November. Fall in New York has a moderate amount of rainfall but it isn’t as frequent compared to spring.

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