What is the weather like in New Orleans during April?
This post is a summary of the New Orleans weather in April, with tips on what to pack and things to do (updated for 2018). Spring is now in full swing, which means pleasant, warm weather. Click on the links below to learn more. If you are coming at the start or end of the month, you may want to read our weather guides to March and May.
In early April, you will see the daytime high temperatures mostly in the mid-70s F (23-25C) while the early morning lows tend to fall to the upper 50s f the lower 60s f (13-17C). A few of the cooler mornings can occasionally dip into the lower 50s f (about 10C).
By the end of this month, the afternoon highs will have warmed to the lower 80s f (27-28C) with a few days reaching or exceeding 86f (30C). Temperatures of 90f (about 32C) or higher are rare this month with the all-time extreme high being 92f (33.3C).
Skies tend to be sunny or at least partly sunny on about 18 days this month with some rainfall normally occurring on about 6-7 days. Significant rainfalls of 1/2 inch (13mm) or more, however, usually only occur on 2-3 days.
A light jacket or windbreaker or sweater may be all you will need for the cooler mornings and evenings, otherwise, short sleeves and other summer clothes will do for most afternoons this month. For those few rainy days, you should bring your umbrella and don’t forget a good pair of walking shoes to see all the sights.
April’s headline event is Jazz Fest, but there are other big events as well, including the French Quarter Fest ….. Below is our top 10 list of things to do in April. Read our full post for April activities for more ideas. While you are here in New Orleans please also join us for one of our several “pay-what-you-like” guided tours including several unique walking tours, food tours, and bike tours.
- French Quarter Fest
- Jazz Fest
- Easter Parade
- Visit Mardi Gras World
- Crawfish Fest
- Free Music on Wednesday on the Square
- Celebrate New Orleans’ 300th Birthday
- Take in a Baby Cakes (minor league baseball) Game
- Visit the Swamps
Read our full post for April activities for more ideas.
Written by Fred Pickhardt