What’s the weather like in New York in October?
With a location on the east coast of the United States, you’ll get pleasant temperatures if you’re going to New York in October. You’ll find it comfortable getting around town as autumn kicks in at this time, although there’s more rain as the month goes on.
New York has four distinct seasons, with October a great time to visit if you prefer to avoid the hot summer and cold winter temperatures. The Appalachian Mountains help keep things from cooling down too much, while offshore winds lessen the cooling effect of the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll also get a bit of protection from New York’s skyscrapers and tall buildings, which help to keep some heat in and wind away.
The average high temperature in New York during October is 18ºC, falling to 10ºC at night. You’ll be able to chill out in the sun at Central Park some of the time, but you’ll want to bring some warmer clothes with you, as the evenings can get quite chilly. Sea temperatures are around 17ºC, while humidity’s low and ranges from around 50% to 90%. Average rainfall’s 84mm over seven rainy days.
During October you’ll get 11 hours of daylight and seven hours of sunshine each day. UV levels will be moderate, while sunset’s just after 7.30pm at the start of the month; if you can get up for an east coast sunrise it’s just before 7am.
Things to Do
The weather’s great for exploring New York in October, as it’s cooler than summer and much warmer than winter. Go to Museum Mile for culture, which has eight museums including the Guggenheim. Hit the city’s iconic shops before heading up Empire State Building or Rockefeller Center for stunning views back down over the city. Spend some time in Times Square and wander among the street performers before seeing a comedy show or Broadway musical. Check out the Statue of Liberty and for a good night out head to the bars of Greenwich Village and the East Village, or the Meatpacking District’s late clubs.