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The Weather in New Orleans in April

Updated: March 13, 2024

This post is a summary of the weather in April in New Orleans.

We include average temperatures and rainfall stats, a 2024 outlook, and tips on what to pack and things to do. 


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).

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). 


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.

Average Sun and Rain in April in New Orleans

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 2024 New Orleans

There is an 88% chance for normal to above normal temperatures with a 77% chance for normal or below normal rainfall.


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.


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 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 for March and May.  

Written by Fred Pickhardt

Ocean Weather Services

About The Author

Fred Pickhardt

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.
Updated: March 13th, 2024
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