This post is a summary of the weather in April in New Orleans.
We include average temperatures and rainfall stats, a 2023 outlook, and tips on what to pack and things to do.
- Average Temperatures
- How Much Sun/Rain
- What to Wear
- Things to Do in April
- Seasonal Weather Outlook
- Weather Averages by Month
- Free Tours by Foot
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES IN APRIL
In early April, you will see the daytime high temperatures mostly in the mid-70s F (23-25 C).
Early morning lows tend to fall to the upper 50s F and the lower 60s F (13-17 C).
A few of the cooler mornings can occasionally dip into the lower 50s F (about 10 C).
By the end of this month, the afternoon highs will have warmed to the lower 80s F (27-28 C) with a few days reaching or exceeding 86 F (30 C).
This is simply gorgeous weather for a walking tour of the city (don't you think). Our tours are free to join.
Temperatures of 90 F (about 32 C) or higher are rare this month with the all-time extreme high being 92 F (33 C).
HOW MUCH SUN AND RAIN
Skies tend to be sunny or at least partly sunny on about 18 days this month with some rainfall normally occurring on about 6-7 days.
Significant rainfalls of 1/2 inch (13mm) or more, however, usually only occur on 2-3 days.
Seasonal Weather Outlooks for New Orleans - April to June 2023 New Orleans
There is an 88% chance for normal to above normal temperatures with a 77% chance for normal or below normal rainfall.
WHAT TO WEAR IN NEW ORLEANS IN APRIL
A light jacket or windbreaker or sweater may be all you will need for the cooler mornings and evenings, otherwise, short sleeves and other summer clothes will do for most afternoons this month.
For those few rainy days, you should bring your umbrella and don't forget a good pair of walking shoes to see all the sights.
THINGS TO DO IN APRIL
April's headline event is Jazz Fest, but there are other big events as well, including the French Quarter Fest.
Below is our top 10 list of things to do in April. Read our full post for April activities for more ideas.
For tips on the most popular activities in New Orleans, check out our ghost, swamp, plantation, cemetery, and riverboat tour posts.
Many of these items are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist attraction discount pass.
- French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest
- Attend a Concert
- Try Real New Orleans Food
- Discover the Swamps
- Catch a Pelicans Basketball Game
- Visit Mardi Gras World
- Tour a Louisiana Plantation
- See Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
- Free Music on Wednesday on the Square
- Take in a Baby Cakes (minor league baseball) Game
Read our full post for April activities for more ideas.
If you are coming at the start or end of the month, you may want to read our weather guides for March and May.
Written by Fred Pickhardt