Weather in NYC

Learn the basics to pack accordingly

Laura Peruchi

New York City

Some useful tips regardint the weather in NYC:

Winter  – the winter officially begins on December 21 and ends on March 20th. And in case your dream is to see the snow, remember: it doesn't snow here for days. The truth is that it is not like in other cities that snow falls for days without stopping. Remember that snow is a phenomenon that needs very specific conditions to happen (so, just believe in snow forecasts two days in advance). It is also good to keep in mind that January and February are the months with the most tendency to snow (in December and March is not likely – but it can happen). Besides, these two months are usually the coldest months – with February always being the worst.

Temperatures range from 32 to 43F in December, 26F to 38F in January, 28 to 41 in February and 35 to 49F in March – these are averages, okay? There's heating verywhere so dressing in layers is important.

Spring  –  One of the most beautiful seasons in New York, spring begins March 21st and ends on June 20th. It’s the half-season: it starts cold and ends hot. That means you still have to wear warmer clothing at the end of March and during the month of April, but in May the scenario tends to improve a lot – I consider May and June two great months for those who do not like extreme temperatures. Temperatures range from 44 to 61F in April, from 54 to 70F in May and from 63 to 79 in June. At this time, people also often suffer from allergies – if you are sensitive, you can buy over the counter medicine at the pharmacies here.

Summer  – summer officially begins on June 21st and ends on September 22th. Leave your coats at home, because you will not need them during the NYC summer. Keep in mind that the New York summer is very humid, which makes everything worse, lol. But overall, I would say that it is not like that every day. It depends on the year, of course. July and August usually have the hottest averages – especially the last two weeks of July and the first two weeks of August. In September, the weather is a delight – it’s another great month for those who do not like extremes. Temperatures range from 68 to 84F in July, 67 at 82F in August and 60 at 75F in September.

Fall – it starts on September 23th and ends on December 20th. And it is like spring, half-season, but the opposite: it begins hot and ends cold. The landscape turns completely, with the leaves of the trees changing colors and falling. Do you want to know how the foliage status? Check out this website . Temperatures range from 50 to 63C in October, 41 to 53F in November and 32 to 43F in December. Ah, allergy sufferers should be aware as there is pollen in the air also during the fall.