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The Weather in New York in October

Updated: March 10, 2024

This post is a summary of the October weather in New York City, with tips on what clothing to pack and suggestions of things to do.

You could also check out our other monthly weather reports


Daily temperatures range from about 55f (13C) in the early morning to near 70f (21C) during the afternoon hours early in the month, cooling to 46f (8C) to near 60f (16C) by month's end.

By October the hot days of summer are gone and it is very rare to see temperatures reaching 90f (32C) or falling below freezing this month.


On average, 19 days this month will be either sunny or partly sunny with cloudy days and some rain likely on about 9 days.

Rainy days with 0.5 inches (13mm) of rain or more occur on 2-3 days during this month.


Snow is very rare in October, and when it does happen, it's very little and melts away.

You need not worry about snow this month.

When does it snow in NYC

For more information, read our post, "When Does It Snow in NYC".


September to November 2024 New York City

There is an 89% chance for normal to above-normal temperatures with near-normal rainfall.

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Weather in October tends to vary, so we want to make sure you pack the right stuff so you're prepared.

We've made a list below of what to pack when visiting New York in October:


1. Jeans

Jeans or other long pants are good options. Heavy leggings are good to pack, which you can pair with skirts. 

2. Medium Jacket

A medium-weight coat or jacket is necessary. A jacket like this one from Columbia is a good option to pack. 

3. Comfortable shoes

Sneakers or light walking boots are a good idea to pack.

October has perfect weather for walking tours, so you will want to pack comfortable shoes. 

4. Long-Sleeve Tops

Long-sleeve tops and sweaters are a good idea to pack.

You can layer these and wear them under your coat if you're out after dark on a chilly night.

These tops by Yidarton are comfortable and fashionable. 

If you find out too late you didn't pack correctly, you can go to the outlets in Woodbury Commons and get discount designer fall clothing.


As we stated above, October is a great time to visit the Big Apple. 

Below is the top 10 list from our post on things to do in NYC in October

See our full post on things to do any time of year in NYC for even more ideas. 

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

Get more ideas on our full post of things to do in October.

If you are coming at the start or end of the month, be sure to check out our guides for September and November 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: March 10th, 2024
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