New York has a continental weather with cold winters and hot Summers. So, Summer, that begins in June and lasts till the end of August, will be warm and humid, and then in September, the weather will become more enjoyable and less humid. In the Summer, especially in the last week of July and early August, the hot-humid weather can be a heavy combination, and if you do not like the air-conditioning much, some places can become difficult for you due to the incredible difference in temperatures between outdoors and indoors. Try to always have a light cotton scarf or a light jacket to put on your shoulders, it will become very useful when you use the Subway or enter a store. The activities New York offers during the summer months are so many and clearly all open-air. Let's look a little more in details at the weather and activities month by month.
Let's start with the New York Weather in July - July is usually a month that begins with cool, sunny days and then comes to very high temperatures. Rain isn’t missing either, nor are those typical summer afternoon thunderstorms.
In the first few weeks of the month, the average temperature is 70°F / 22°C degrees, with the highs reaching 85°F/29°C degrees during the day and the lows around 65°F/18°C degrees at night. The last week of July is historically the hottest, with the high that sometimes even reaches 100°F / 35° C degrees. So, in July you can find nice days, maybe with brief rainfalls at the beginning of the month and then it gets warmer and hotter towards the end of the month, keeping even the lows around 75/80°F 23/25°C but this will give you the chance to spend some beautiful evenings walking around the city.
July is a rainy month with an average of 11 days of rain (115mm of rain) and some afternoon thunderstorms, having with you a small umbrella can be useful. One thing you'll discover right away is that any Weather Forecast App in New York can also give you the exact time when it will supposedly start raining and especially the area! It’s not always 100% accurate, but it’s close enough. Consult it before leaving the hotel / house: Weather in New York
The main event of the month is Independence Day celebrated on July 4th. All the details on what to do and how to celebrate this day all about the stars and stripes, you can find it here - Indipendence Day. BBQ, Baseball Games and then Fireworks! After July 4th, then there are many other things to do. During the Summer, there are many free concerts in the parks, and you can keep up-to-date here: Summer Stage Festival
August is the month of vacations, New York is filled with tourists from all over the world, but it is typically very high even the presence of domestic tourism. So, you'll often find yourself among many people, long lines to enter museums and attractions, and to sit at restaurants and cafés. What to expect from the weather? Well during August, little by little the temperatures will start dropping!
After the first two weeks of August, during which time the temperatures will be pretty much stable as per July’s last two weeks, the temperatures will start returning to highs around 80-85°F / 25-29° C degrees and lows around 65-68°F / 18-19° C degrees and drop even a little more towards the end of the month.
Even the rainfall decreases in August, still leaving room for some afternoon summer storms. It will be pleasant to walk around, and visit the parks around New York. In Central Park, among the many activities you can choose from, a bike ride and a boat trip in the pond. And I remind you that among the other parks to visit, we have the beautiful Brooklyn park of Prospect Park and the new park of Governors Island.
If you can choose the time of your vacation, September is one of the best months to visit the Big Apple. The temperatures are mild, the rainfall drops, and walking around the city will be a pleasure. The perfect month to go on one of the Observatories with outdoor terraces, the Empire or the Top of the Rock, visit Liberty and Ellis Island, enjoy the views of Central Park from the terrace of the Metropolitan Museum, stroll along Hudson River during the sunset.
Temperatures will set around 60° to 77°F, 16° to 25°C degrees, leaving you free to walk without suffering the damp heat of the months of July and August.
The rain-days will decrease from the high of July with its 11 days of rain, to a more reasonable and pleasurable 6-7 days of rain in September.
Since September 11th, 2001, the city of New York brings a feeling of unity and solidarity. On this day, we remember the attacks at the Twin Towers, the commemorations are many, all are aimed to remember and honor those we lost while being together united; a triumph of human dignity and valor over the depravity of terror by affirming the fundamental value of human life. Of all the most engaging celebrations is certainly the Tribute in Light, the light installation that on September 11th projects two beams of light and illuminates the place where the Towers once stood bringing them back to life. The lights projected toward the sky can be seen at a great distance.
Foto di L.Compan per The Welcome Blog - Tribute in Light
When is the best time to travel to New York? It is not an easy question to answer, although on impetus we might say Spring with the months of April, May and June, and then the months of September and October; it is also true that New York is always a beautiful place to visit any time of the year. The mid-seasons are those with months with milder temperatures, less rainfall and low humidity levels, and then the months when nature gifts us her best: in the Spring, the cherry trees are blooming, all parks and avenues are full of bright colors; In the Fall, the foliage transforms New York into a colorful mix of red, orange, yellow and bordeaux hues. If you think of New York as a great metropolis, all skyscrapers, cement and cars, then think again. New York has huge outdoor spaces devoted to parks, neighborhood gardens, and green spaces all around.
The activities that New York offers during the summer are so many, if you are planning your trip to New York this time of the year, you will have so many opportunities to have fun and discover the Big Apple pleasantly while enjoying the outdoors. Just be smart, it’s not any different from what you would usually do in your hometown to protect yourself in case of great heat and extreme sun exposure. Wear hats, apply sunscreen lotion, stay hydrated etc. Another thing to be aware of in the inevitable crowd that is found in the Summer, like any other place, New York is filled with tourists, but you can avoid overcrowded areas by visiting the most touristic parts of town early in the morning or in the evening, and spend the rest of the day exploring the off the beaten path places to discover the New York City of the locals. The one that remains outside the usual touristic itineraries; And then you have the New York Bay which offers a lot, you can find some advices on our page: Harbor Cruises and Sailing trip through the New York Bay
Lightweight and comfortable dresses, T-shirts and shorts, some light jacket and shawls for ladies to wear on cooler evenings. Comfortable shoes, in New York you walk a lot. Sunglasses and hats. A comfortable backpack where you can carry a towel, if you stop in some park, and a bottle of water. If you are going to visit some local beach, swimsuit ... and always good sunscreen. Bring a light raincoat and umbrella for the rainy days.
Of course, in New York you can easily go to the Beach. Take the Subway and with just $ 2.75 you go to Coney Island, it is the nearest beach and offers not only the opportunity to swim and sunbathe, but also many places to stop for a bite and then there is the newly restored Luna Park with the Ferris Wheel, a real day trip. Stop by Nathan's for a Hot Dog and if you are here in June, do not miss the Mermaid Parade (last Saturday in June) you will see all the colors you can imagine!!!
Other beaches you can visit for a day:
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