While global warming has brought recent oddities like 70°F January evenings, there is still a basic framework you can usually count on. Spring in New York is lovely – blossoming trees pop into reds and pinks, sunny days glimmer and even rainy days have a lovely, cleansing feel to them. The temperatures can still dip down to a chilly 40°F in early April evenings, but average temperatures hover at around 60°F, creating days that are perfect for strolling in the city.
Summers can be beastly, as temperatures in July and August can climb to the 100°F mark; usually it’s between 70°F and 80°F, with occasional thunderstorms that light up the sky and cool everything down until the sun comes out again.
Winters, of course, are cold. It can be gray for days, with sleet and snow showers that quickly turn into a mucky brown film at your feet and temperatures that can easily dip down into the single digits come January. But a good snowstorm is a beautiful thing in these parts, and a cold night inspires cuddling, which can make for a damn romantic visit.
When to go
New York shines in all seasons. Spring and fall, with their mild temperatures and disarmingly beautiful blossoms and foliage, are optimal times for strolling, which you’ll do a lot of here. Summer brings stifling heat and sizzling pavements but other rewards aplenty, from outdoor concerts and festivals to crowd-free weekends, reduced hotel rates and perfect opportunities for side trips to the seashore. Finally, while winter can be chilly, it’s nothing that can’t be cured by lingering in cozy museums and cafés – or by the fact that hotel rates tend to drop after the fun and frenzied holidays, when the crowds thin out. Plus, experiencing a New York City snowstorm, when noise gets muffled and jaded cityfolk act like wide-eyed kids, is quite a heartwarming treat.