How is the Weather in New York in July

This post summarizes the weather in July in New York City, with tips on what to wear and things to do. We offer information on the average temperatures throughout the month, as well as advice on what to wear and things to do. It’s summer in the city and it’s a great month to see the many sights of the Big Apple!


Average Temperatures

The month of July is characterized by warm temperatures, sometimes hot and humid with daytime highs averaging in the low to mid-80s f (26-29C) with overnight lows mostly in the mid to upper 60s f (17-21C).

About 6-7 days this month will see afternoon high temperatures at 90 f (32C) or higher while a few of the cooler nights can dip down into the upper 50s f (14-15C).  In the past, July has seen extremes here as high as 106f (41.1C) and as low as 52 f (11.1C).


July Weather in NYC


If you are considering visiting many of NYC’s top attractions, then you might want to consider a tourist discount pass, which could save you considerable money.  Read our post comparing the different tourist discount passes.  Several bus tour companies, including hop-on-hop-off buses, also offer discounts and deals.


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How Much Sun or Rain in NYC in July

About 21 days this month will see either sunny skies or at least partly sunny skies. Some rain or showers can be expected on about 10 days this month, however, only about 3 of these record significant rainfalls of 1/2 inch (13mm) or more.  Most of the rain this month comes in the form of showers and thunderstorms which can be accompanied by strong gusty winds.


July Weather in NYC


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What to Wear in NYC in July

With warmer weather in New York in July, it is best to dress for summer comfort with light-weight summer clothes. It can get a bit cool in the evenings, so have a light jacket or sweater on hand if you’re going out after dark. However, thanks to the city’s high humidity, there are many evenings when even a light sweater is unnecessary!

Always bring a couple of comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella for those summer showers. Also, don’t forget sunscreen if you plan on being outside for any considerable amount of time.


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Things to Do in NYC in July

Check our comprehensive New York City Summer Guide for a listing of free concerts, movies, festivals and more, as well as our post on all the things to do in the city in July. Some of the highlights of July are:

  • Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks  Get the low-down on how to get a good spot to watch the display by reading our post on where to best view the fireworks.
  • With summer comes Shakespeare and thus we have New York’s tradition of free performances with top thespians at Shakespeare in the Park.
  • Spend some time in the great outdoors by visiting Central Park. There is so much to do there whether it is discovering the park on your own or taking one of our pay-what-you-wish Central Park Tours.
  • Hear free music in July at lots of different concert series including the much loved Summerstage.
  • Watch a movie outdoors for free every night of summer at one of the many movies series going on, such as Movies under the Stars.
  • Enjoy a free hour’s worth of the most popular shows on and off Broadway by attending free performances at Broadway in Bryant Park.
  • Get out on the water! New York City is surrounded by it, so take a boat tour or cruise
  • Do something different and explore New York’s most populous borough, Brooklyn on one of our Brooklyn Tours. Especially beautiful in July is our Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO Tour as you stroll along leafy shady streets and visit the waterfront with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.


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