What is the weather like in New Orleans during April?

This post is a summary of the weather in April in New Orleans, including average temperatures and average rainfall stats, with tips on what to pack and things to do. 

 

 


AVERAGE TEMPERATURES IN APRIL

In early April, you will see the daytime high temperatures mostly in the mid-70s F (23-25 C) while the early morning lows tend to fall to the upper 50s F the lower 60s F (13-17 C).

A few of the cooler mornings can occasionally dip into the lower 50s F (about 10 C).

 

Average Temperatures New Orleans April

 

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.

 

Average Sun and Rain in April in New Orleans

 


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. 

 

What to wear in new orleans in April

 

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.

 

 

  1. French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest
  2. Attend a Concert
  3. Try Real New Orleans Food
  4. Discover the Area Swamps 
  5. Catch a Pelicans Basketball Game
  6. Visit Mardi Gras World
  7. Tour a Louisiana Plantation 
  8. See Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
  9. Free Music on Wednesday on the Square
  10. 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 to March and May.  

Written by Fred Pickhardt

Ocean Weather Services

About the author

Fred is a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. He has extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, and forensic weather event reconstructions. Fred founded Ocean Weather Services and currently provides forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.