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When Does it Get Warm in New York?

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This post gives you a general idea for when it starts to get warmer in New York City. 

We include details about the average amount of sunny days, rainfall, and other factors you might want to consider.

When Does it Start Getting Warm?

The first time you can expect the average temperature to rise above 40 F (6 C) during the day is late in February. There may even be a few days with temperatures over 50 F (10 C).

February usually means at least a few days of snow, but you can also expect sun on about 17 days of the month. 

Average Temperature in NYC in February

March will bring as many as 19 days of sun, around 10-11 days of rain, and temperatures between 50 F (10 C) and 65 F (18 C) in the daytime on certain dates.

If you’re hoping for at least 70 F (21 C), chances are you’ll have to wait until April daytime hours. 

This is also the month when we start to offer a lot of our night tours in New York City, as the temperatures at night are a much more bearable 45 F (7 C) to 50 F (10 C) starting at this time of year.

When Can I Take Off My Jacket?

This all depends on your tolerance level for chilly weather. 

For most people, chances are that the weather in late May will have you taking off your jacket, as temperatures can get as high as 75 F (24 C) - 85 F (29 C) during the day.

May Temperatures in NYC

Whatever the case, you might want to at least bring a light jacket or coat if you’re heading out into the city in April or May.

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When Does the Weather Become More Comfortable?

Most people will feel comfortable going out to places like Central Park and enjoying the outdoors in either April or May. 

That said, there does tend to be some rain during the spring, so you might still want to bring a jacket.

Average April Weather

If you’re interested in seeing some outdoor sports, Yankees and Mets fans can look forward to baseball starting in either late March or early April. 

Festivals and outdoor markets usually open up in Late April or early May.

Interested in some activities after dark? The spring will more than likely be the first time when the weather becomes comfortable at night. Don’t forget that our pay-what-you-wish night walking tours begin in April!

When Does it Start Getting Colder?

As you might expect, the hottest days in NYC will be during the summer (June - August), but when do you have to start worrying about cold weather again?

Well, believe it or not, the average temperatures start dropping off pretty quickly in mid-to-late August, and some days may even hit the low 70s (21 C). 

Average Temperatures NYC August

At night, you can expect it to hit as low as 60 F (16 C).

By late September, the warmest average temperatures are about 70 F (21 C) during the day. At this point, you’ll definitely need to consider wearing a jacket again.


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: April 18th, 2022
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