New York City has long been considered one of the major centres of commerce, industry, fashion, art, music, and culture in the world. Millions of tourists from every corner of the globe flock to see that iconic skyline each year. The climate is humid subtropical, with four distinct seasons, average amount of rainfall spread evenly throughout the months, snow occurring for about 1/3 of the year, and a large range for temperature variation over the course of 12 months.
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Summers in New York are warm and sunny, with temperatures exceeding 32C (90F) 17 days a year on average, and occasionally climbing above 38C (100F). Rainfall is standard throughout the year, so despite the sunshine and warmth, bring an umbrella just to be safe, as it rains approximately 10 days a month in the summer season.
The average mean temperature for summer in “The Big Apple” has an overnight low of 19C, climbing up to a daytime high of 27C.
New York is often called “The City That Never Sleeps”, and that is most true in the summer, when events, shows, cultural activities, and the natural appeal of New York’s architecture and sights are in full swing. It may seem like you can’t afford to sleep, just to take it all in. Many visitors take advantage of the great weather to walk various areas of the city, exploring the different communities in all five boroughs. A relaxing stroll through sprawling Central Park in the heart of Manhattan is a must for any visitor, or pack a picnic lunch and check out Brooklyn Bridge Park for a wonderful view and a grassy knoll to relax in. Visit The Met for an afternoon of art and culture, but make sure to have a drink in the rooftop lounge and enjoy one of the finest views of Central Park in the city. Often considered the center of global culture, New York has hundreds of summertime activities, but some of the highlights are catching one of the productions of Shakespeare in the Park, with various shows running in June and July. Also, The New York Botanical Garden is perfect in summer for a lazy afternoon of flowers and fun. A perennial destination for many New Yorker’s is Coney Island, where you can bring the kids for the legendary theme park, walk along the famous beach, or watch movies during Coney Island’s Rock ‘N Roll Summer Series. Back in the city, keep your eyes and ears open for free concert series, which are frequent in summer, including the Summer Recital Series by the Metropolitan Opera, as well as a number of other big-name acts and organizations through the Summer Stage program held throughout NYC. To get away from the crowds, many locals take weekend trips up to the exclusive Hamptons or Fire Island, which are beautiful and scenic spots where you can see how “the other half” lives. For sports fans, summer is the ideal time to catch a Yankees game, or see the final tournament of the Grand Slam tennis season, the US Open, held in Corona Park!
Many people have said that autumn is perhaps the most beautiful time to visit the city, and it is hard to disagree. Although the weather begins to drop, the rain lets up slightly, while the crisp chill of autumn and the changing colors of the city make it a magical season to experience NYC.
The average mean temperature of autumn in New York is an overnight low of 10.5C, climbing to a comfortable 18C. Precipitation occurs approximately nine days per month, and snowfall is extremely rare except at the end of November.
A comment by most visitors to New York in the autumn is how stunning the colors are as the season progresses. For some of the best greenery-shifting scenes, explore Central Park’s miles of walking paths, Alley Pond Park, and Prospect Park, but if you have some extra time, take a short trip up to the Cloisters, for and artistic treat as well as some of the most beautiful autumnal scenery in the NYC area. As September comes to NYC, locals, tourists, and hundreds of thousands of international visitors pay their respects at the 9/11 Memorial, the site of the horrific terrorist attack in 2001. For those who don’t mind the chill of autumn, stake out a spot for two of the biggest events in NYC, the massive Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade held in November as well as the NYC Marathon, where more than 45,000 amateurs and professional participate each year. For the kids and kids at heart who love Harry Potter, take a day trip out to Randalls Island to watch hundreds of teams compete for the Quidditch World Cup, or at least, the “Muggle” version, a combination of lacrosse and basketball. Oktoberfest always brings out the festive drinkers and German culture like during the German-American Steuben Parade. For sports lovers, the autumn is another great time to see the Yankees, who are typically still playing in September and October, but if you love the ponies, head out to historic Belmont Park to lay down a bet and experience the rich tradition of horse racing in New York City.
New York sits firmly on the East Coast, but it’s placement in relation to the Appalachian Mountains protects it from much of the bitter weather that other inland cities at similar longitudes struggle with. Winter in New York is certainly cold, and is occasionally punctuated by severe weather, but it is not a debilitating season, and there is still much to do in the city. The occasional snowfall rarely happens more than three or four times per month.
The average mean temperature for winter in New York City is an overnight low bottoming out at -1.5C with a daytime high climbing up to 4.5C.
For the brave visitors who want to bare their faces to the seemingly constant winter wind, a trek to the Rockefeller Christmas tree is an annual New York tradition, and the tree is absolutely monumental, wrapped with more than 5 miles of lights. After a light snow, some of the riverside walks near Battery Park or the trails in Central Park are truly something magical to put you in the holiday spirit. If you are a real adventurer, take the Polar Bear Dip in Coney Island and plunge into the icy winter water for this New Years Day tradition. For most people, however, the winter months signal a time to find indoor activities and warmth. The city is rich with museums, which fill up considerably during the winter tourist season, but that shouldn’t dissuade you from visiting. The Guggenheim Museum is considered one of the most prestigious and cutting edge modern art museums in the world, with rotating exhibits every few months. Don’t miss the MoMA, a larger but still world-famous collection from some of the newest talents of the modern art world. If art isn’t your thing, you can spend a day wandering through the Times Square Theater District, taking in the sights and sounds of legendary Times Square, and choosing which Broadway show you want to experience during your trip. Also, for those chilly winter nights, bundle up in your finest furs and take in an opera or a ballet at the Metropolitan Opera or the New York City Ballet. For fun-loving adults, participate in SantaCon, when thousands of New Yorker’s dressed like Santa Claus descend on the city for this Christmas-themed pub crawl which raises money for charity.
The small snowdrifts melt away as spring returns to New York, and the weather turns back to a pleasant mix of warmth and wind. Occasional winter hangover snowfall can occur, and spring, just like autumn, can be somewhat unpredictable, but generally mild, with 11 days of rain per month on average.
The average mean temperature for New York winters is an overnight low of 7C ranging up to a daytime high of 16C.
Springtime draws everyone out of their winter cubby holes and back into outdoor activities with the advent of warm weather. Visitors can participate in cultural events like the Phagwah Parade and the Festival of Colors, a Hindu Spring Festival that covers everyone in spring fever and a mess of color. Japanese culture celebrates spring with a Hanami as the cheery blossoms open, so have a New York Style Hanami in the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Take part in the 254-year old tradition of St. Patricks Day in NYC with the world-famous parade, which draws more than 2 million spectators every year. Spring is also a wonderful time for long, city-wide walks for sightseeing some of the most picturesque architecture in the world. After snapping some shots of the iconic Empire State Building, take the popular challenge of climbing all 86 flights of stairs! The Chrysler Building is another Art Deco piece of New York history to photograph, or look at the modern style of East Coast design like the eco-friendly Conde Nast building. No trip to New York would be complete without a ferry ride to Ellis Island and The Statue of Liberty, and the springtime is the most popular time for this historic exploration of America’s immigrant population. To round out your cultural exploration of the city, don’t miss the shops, bars, and restaurants of Greenwich Village, home to poets, writers, musicians, and artists for the past century. And for those who love musicals and dance, stroll down 42nd Street and explore the famous theatres, cabarets, and venues of NYC’s live performance mecca.
Wherever you go, and whatever you choose to do in New York at any time of the year, you can be sure that it will amaze, entertain, and inspire.
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