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New York City Weather Averages by Month

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New York has a humid continental type climate similar to many other states in the US Northeast and is influenced by the topography and by the proximity to large water bodies.

New York City has a moderate climate, overall which makes this a great place to visit year round.

The city receives, on average, 49.9 inches (1,270 mm) of precipitation, which is fairly evenly spread out throughout the year.

You can expect to see about 234 days out of the year with at least some sunshine so come and enjoy a couple of the popular walking tours at Free Tours by Foot.

Spring and autumn weather is great for visitin NYC but can be somewhat changeable with periods of both chilly and warm weather.

The warm periods, however, are typically accompanied by low humidity and can be quite nice for any outdoor activities.

Summers are warm with some hot and humid intervals as well as the risk for the occasional shower or thunderstorm.  The daytime high temperatures reach or exceed 90 °F (32 °C) on about 17 days each summer.

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Winters tend to be cold and sometimes damp, however, the Atlantic Ocean and the partial shielding from the colder air by the Appalachian Mountains to the west keep the city warmer in the winter than other more inland cities nearby so visiting the city during the winter can still be enjoyable.

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Snowfall each winter averages 25.8 inches (66 cm), but this can vary considerably from year to year. Overall, however, only about 11 days during entire winter will see any measurable snowfall.

The daily mean temperature in January, the area's coldest month, is 32.6 °F (0.3 °C); however, temperatures to 10 °F (−12 °C) or less can occur several times each winter while on the other hand mild spells to 50°F (10 °C) or more occur several days each winter month as well.

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Hurricanes and tropical storms are rare in the New York area but are not unheard of but the risk of a tropical cyclone affecting the city is fairly low with the highest risk being during the late summer and early fall.

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: May 2nd, 2022
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