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.
- Average Temperatures
- How Much Sun and Rain
- What to Wear
- Things to Do in October
- Tourist Passes
- Free Tours by Foot
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.
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:
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.
- Take a Walking Tour
- Broadway Shows
- Stroll the High Line
- See a Sports Event
- See a Music Concert
- Attend the New York Coffee Festival
- See the Columbus Day Parade
- Visit the World Trade Center on 9/11
- Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge
Get more ideas on our full post of things to do in October.
Written by Fred Pickhardt
Ocean Weather Services