New Orleans Weather in October

New Orleans Weather in October is perfect with warm but pleasant days and mild to cool, comfortable nights.  This is the driest month of the year in the Big Easy and the best time to take one or more of our walking tours.



Early in the month the days are warm with afternoon temperatures in the low to mid 80s f (about 29C). Days with 90 f (32C) or higher temperatures can be expected only on about 1 day during the early part of the month.  Early morning low temperatures will dip into the upper 60s (about 20C).

As the month progresses, afternoon temperature fall to the mid to upper 70s (about 24C) and overnight lows fall into the upper 50s (about 14C).


Skies will be clear or partly sunny on about 22 days with cloudy weather on about 9 days.  Some rain can be expected on about 6 or 7 days, however, significant rainfall of 0.5 inch (about 13mm) or more occur, on average on about 2 days each October.


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What to Wear in New Orleans in OctoberNew Orleans Weather in October

(Image to the right is of our French Quarter Tour with Tour Guide Joanne on Oct 18, 2013).  We can forgive you if it looks like summer to you. After a hot and humid summer, we cool down slightly.  Be sure to pack both long pants and short pants.  The same goes for shirts.  Also, be sure to pack sunscreen, a hat and sandals. Summer dress works well for New Orleans this month, however, a light sweater may be in order for the cooler nights towards the end of the month.

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What to Do in New Orleans in October

Of course our free tours.  It’s also great weather for a swamp tour.  You can also checks the events calendar at the convention and visitors bureau’s website.

For more on what to do in New Orleans in October, read our comprehensive post.

Written by Fred Pickhardt

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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.

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Sarah first moved to New Orleans in 2001 to work for the American Red Cross of Southeast Louisiana. While working in the communities of New Orleans she fell in love with the unique culture of the Big Easy; it's food, music, architecture, wildlife, and most of all history.

Sarah began her career with FTBF, first as a guide, then as an owner/operator. She believes every day is a good day if she gets to impart her love of her beloved New Orleans with Free Tours By Foot guests. She especially likes to convert new Who Dat Saints Fans!