The weather is usually the first concern when preparing a trip to New York, or any other place. So what is the best time of the year to visit New York City? We all know that Miami and Los Angeles have the greatest weather, but about NYC?
We like to think that all seasons have their pros, so it’s up to you to choose the best time according to what you like and want to do. Offbeat New York tells you all you need to know to make the right choice and enjoy the Big Apple to the fullest.
New York does have a tricky weather. As a city with a subtropical climate, New York has distinct seasons. Spring and Fall are warm and nice, but summer and winter can show extreme temperatures.
You should not forget that weather can change from one day to the next, whatever the season. One day can be warm and sunny, and the next day cold and rainy.
Spring/fall: The nicest seasons
Spring usually starts in April/May, with sunny days and perfect temperatures that are not too warm nor too cold (around 22C / 72F). At the end of September comes fall with the same range of temperature, very appreciated after a hot summer.
For nature lovers, don’t miss the “fall foliage” when trees take on the most gorgeous colors. The best spot to enjoy that show from Mother Earth is Central Park.
There can be big differences from on day to the other, with hot stuffy days (around 30C/86F), followed by cooler and sometimes rainy days (22C / 72F).
It usually gets a lot better in the evening with temperatures cooling down towards 25C / 74F. Be aware that summer also brings its load of thunder storms, most often in the evening or at night. These go away pretty fast and local.
Winter : a magical season
Cold wintry days make their entrance as soon as Thanksgiving, at the end of November, and stay well into March. Winter in New York is beautiful, but it is quite something, so come prepared.
The weather can get very cold and windy with temperatures as low as -10C / 14F, and a real feel of -20C / -4F. Also be ready for snow, since 1 to 2 snowstorms hit the city every winter on average. We love seeing the city under the snow, like a white host town, and we’re always the first to go out and enjoy it, but with the right equipment.
What is best about visiting New York in winter, is the holidays magic. Don’t miss a walk through the streets of Dyker Heights, where the locals pare no expense on lights and decorations. A magical moment to remember!
Before leaving, make sure to check the 10-day forecast on sites such as Weather. The weather can be unpredictable but rain showers remain local.
If rain is forecasted for your stay, do not worry, there is a good chance it won’t last.
So what should I pack?
In the summer, keep a sweater or a light scarf with you if you are sensitive to AC. It is often cold in stores, restaurants and museums.
In winter, comme prepared, and prefer walking shoes to speakers that will not protect you from the cold. Of course, bring a warm coat, gloves and a hat.
What about tours?
We have two seasons for our tours. For January to March, the coldest months, our tours are shorter to better adapt to the weather. Tours that usually last 3 to 3.5 hours are shortened to 2 or 2.5 hours.
Our visits will continue in the case of light rain, or snow so bring your umbrellas, raincoats and ponchos and dress accordingly.
Don’t worry, we won’t go ahead with a tour that would prove dangerous for you and your party. In the case of a thunderstorm or snowstorm where our tours need to be canceled, we will reschedule your tour to a later date, or give you a full refund if your are not available.
So which season will you choose?
Whenever you choose to go, our team is here to help you explore New York City!