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How is the Weather in New York in April?

Updated: December 13, 2023

This post is a summary of the weather in April in NYC, with tips on what to wear and things to do.

April is a great time to be outdoors, as higher daytime temperatures mean that heavy jackets are no longer needed.  

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Early in April, afternoon high temperatures tend to be in the mid-50s F (11-14 C) while the overnight lows are mostly in the upper 30s F to near 40 F (3-5 C).  

Low temperatures fall to 32 F (0 C) or less, on average, only on 1 day this month.  

As the month draws to a close, those afternoon temperatures will rise into the low to mid-60s F (17-19 C) with the early morning lows now mostly in the mid to upper 40s F (7-10 C).

Some of the warmer afternoons will reach up into the mid-70s F (23-24 C) or higher. Perfect time for a free walking tour.

Days, where the temperature reaches 90 F (32 C) or more, occur only about once every 3-4 years.

In the past, April in New York City has seen temperature extremes as high as 96 F (35.6 C) and as low as 12 F (11.1 C)


About 19 days, on average, this month will see either sunny or at least partly sunny skies so this is a great time to be outdoors.

About 10 days during this month will see some rain, however, only 2 of these days usually see significant rainfalls of 0.5 inches (13mm) or more.   


Snow is fairly rare in April in NYC with measurable snowfall being reported only about once every 10 years.

Seasonal Outlook - March to May 2022 New York City

There is a 78% chance for normal to above-normal temperatures with near-normal rainfall.

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Spring takes hold in NY in April, and you will want to pack accordingly.

We've made a list below of what to pack for New York in April:

1. Medium Jacket

With chilly days early in the month, you will want to pack at least one medium-weight jacket or coat.

2. Sweaters

Sweaters are great for layering to your desired warmth as the temperature changes throughout the day.

We recommend bringing at least two different thicknesses to wear under your jacket or on its own if you're on a sunnier afternoon. 

3. Waterproof Shoes

An umbrella and waterproof shoes are also important as random showers are frequent.

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Comfortable walking boots will keep you dry and comfortable as you explore New York in April.  


Below is our top 10 list of things to do in April that we find interesting for visitors and newcomers to the Big Apple.

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass

Be sure to check out our full post on things to do in April in NYC as well as our master post on things to do in NYC any time of year for more ideas!

For tips on the most popular activities in NYC, check out our schedule of pay-what-you-like walking tours, our bus tours, and boat cruise pages. 

  1. Visit Central Park
  2. See a Broadway Show
  3. See a Sporting Event
  4. Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival 
  5. Watch the Yankees and Mets Play Baseball
  6. Attend a Music Concert
  7. Celebrate National Beer Day
  8. Celebrate Earth Day
  9. Visit the High Line Park
  10. Attend the Tribeca Film Festival
  11. Take a Free Food Tour

Be sure to check out our full post on things to do in April in NYC.

If you are coming at the start or end of the month, be sure to check out our guides for March and May and see our full post on things to do any time of year in NYC for even more ideas. 


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: December 13th, 2023
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