New York is a popular destination to visit year round despite its changing climate. Although mid-September through October and May to mid-June offer some of the most pleasant weather, the excitement of snowfall in the winter months and the prospect of a 'white Christmas' in New York also make winter a popular time to visit. The weather in New York is frequently changeable with moderate rainfall throughout the year. Occasionally experiencing heatwaves in summer, the weather gets very cool in winter and even into early spring. The nicest average temperatures tend to occur in June, July, August and September with July being the warmest month. Typically, January is the coolest month while the wettest is April and the driest October.
New York's weather can vary each day and even each hour however the seasons offer a pretty good guide on the conditions you can expect. Spring from March to May sees the city enjoy light winds and moderate rainfall with flowers and gardens coming to life and cooler to rather warm temperatures offering the ideal conditions to enjoy them. Summer from June to August enjoys hot sunny days and later sunsets that are often complemented by cool breezes in areas by the water. In fall, or autumn as some may know it, from September to November, temperatures tend to cool and the weather gets a little crisp so dressing in layers is a great idea. Winter from December to February brings less daylight and very cold temperatures with the city's annual snowfall.
Although New York isn't exactly considered an 'outdoor' destination, you may be surprised by the amount of time you spend outside while visiting. It's a good idea to ensure you pack clothing appropriate for the weather conditions including warm and comfortable shoes for exploring the city and layers in case the temperature drops. Layers are especially important as although the weather may be one way outside, shops, museums and the subway are usually heated or air conditioned which may leave you uncomfortable if you are unprepared for the temperature change. Although New Yorkers find the summer months to be quite hot and at times uncomfortable, there are a great range of events and festivals at this time of year that more than make up for it.