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.
- Average Temperatures
- What to Wear
- What to Do
- Seasonal Weather Outlook
- Weather Averages by Month
- Free Tours by Foot
How Hot Is New Orleans in October?
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 temperatures fall to the mid to upper 70s (about 24C), and overnight lows fall into the upper 50s (about 14C).
Sun and Rain
Skies will be clear or partly sunny on about 22 days with cloudy weather on about 9 days.
Some rain can be expected in about 6 or 7 days, however, significant rainfall of 0.5 inches (about 13mm) or more occurs, on average on about 2 days each October.
Seasonal Weather Outlooks for New Orleans - October to December 2023 New Orleans
There is a 76% chance for normal to above-normal temperatures with near-normal rainfall.
What to Wear in New Orleans in October
(The 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.
What to Do in New Orleans in October
You can also check 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.