New York City has a temperate climate. Four of the city’s five boroughs are located on islands. This proximity to the Atlantic Ocean tends to moderate temperature extremes.
Average Monthly Temperatures for New York City (Fahrenheit)
Average Monthly Temperatures for New York City (Celcius)
Winter is cold and blustery. December is chilly but full of holiday excitement. The coldest months of the year are January and February. The wind can make it feel much colder than the actual temperature. The city sees snow, but not in excessive amounts. January and February are the snowiest months, averaging 7.5 and 8.4 inches of snow, respectively.
Spring in New York City can be rather unpredictable. Some days are warm and beautiful and other days are cool and rainy. Spring is typically the rainiest season and thunderstorms are common. Leaves and flowers usually start appearing in late April.
Summer in New York City is hot and humid. July and August are the hottest and sunniest months of the year. Highs are usually in the 70s and 80s throughout the summer and only sometimes reach into the 90s. Thunderstorms are common in the summer.
Autumn in New York City is usually quite nice. September and October have more clear days than any other months. Fall weather is generally favorable with temperatures ranging from pleasantly warm to refreshingly cool. The leaves start changing color in October with peak foliage typically occurring at the very end of October.
Rainfall in the city is fairly even throughout the year. The month of May has the highest average precipitation (4.69 in) and February has the lowest average precipitation (3.15 in). Thunderstorms are common in spring and summer but they usually pass quickly.