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How is the weather in New York in October?

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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


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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.


Average Temperatures in NYC in October


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.


October Weather in NYC


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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. 

red mens jacket

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. 

purple top

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.


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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. 

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Written by Fred Pickhardt
Ocean Weather Services

About The Author


Courtney is a lifelong New Yorker fascinated with the city’s history, culture and cuisine. She loves exploring the world, as well as sharing her travel expertise with others. She joined the Free Tours by Foot team in 2011, first as a guide and then as a writer. She has a law degree, a teaching degree and a worn-out passport. Her motto is “Have backpack, will travel”.
Updated: October 3rd, 2021
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