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Climate in New York

Updated Sep 14 2014 10:32 AM EST with 2 listings

CLIMATE
See also GEOGRAPHY and WEATHER .

Because of all its energy use and the tall buildings, NYC has its own micro-climate so that it is hotter in the summer and warmer in winter than the surrounding suburbs.

New York's Weather: Prevailing winds are from the southwest, so that the weather usually comes of out the southwest (e.g. from Pennsylvania and through New Jersey).
New York City(Manhattan Island) is surrounded by water and is only 87 feet above sea level.

New York's longitude - latitude position is: 40 ° 77' N latitude, 73° 98' W longitude

New York
Average
Temperature
 
Rain
(snow)
 
Low
High
Fahr
Cels
Fahr
Cels
Rel Humid
Days with
Rain or snow

inches

mm

January 32/
Coldest month
Crisp clear days
25

(-3)

37

3

72/60
11
3.42

86

February 33/
Dreary, snowy
First crocuses
26

(-3)

40

4

70/58
10
3.27

83

March 41
Windy, raw,
Some snow
32

0

50

10

70/53
11
4.08

103

April 52
Trees getting green
41

5

61

16

68/53
11
4.2

106

May 63
Pleasant, flowers
50

10

71

22

70
11
4.42

112

June 71
Warm
60

15

80

26

54
10
3.67

93

July 77/
Hot & humid
Good time for beach
66

18

85

29

77/58
11
4.35

110

August 75
Steamy
Hot & more humid

65

18

83

28

79/60
10
4.012

101

September 68/
Good travel weather
58

14

76

24

79/61
8
3.89

98

October 58/
Leaves turning
47

8

65

18

76/57
8
3.56

90

November 47
Tree bare, frosty
First snow
39

4

54

12

75/60
9
4.47

113

December 36
Festive month
Often Snow
29

-1

42

5

73/61
1
3.91

99

Dress for the weather: During April and May and again in October and November you can rely on a sweater, sport jacket, light raincoat or parka. By November bring along a scarf and gloves.

Winter: December through early March count on temperatures near or below freezing at least for part of the day, plus the possibility of real snow storms, freezing rain and bitter cold winds, especially in January. But the weather here is variable and some years there is no snow. Waterproof foot wear is highly recommended.

Summer: June, July, especially August and even early September can be very hot and humid with amazing thunderstorms which pass quickly. In August and September, New York, often gets tropical storms and occasionally a hurricane. Bring light summer clothing plus a light sweater to avoid freezing in the many air conditioned buildings including museums and office buildings.

Some weather terms heard on TV:
Wind chill:A measure of cooling power, due to air movement and low temperature, on the human body. The faster the wind blows on a cold day, the colder the day feels to you, regardless of the actual temperature.
Degree days:Used to keep track of cooling and heating needs, basically it refers to a degree of deviation from the mean temperature of a given norm (usually 65 degrees). A cooling degree-day is the # of Fahrenheit degrees the mean temp. exceeds 65. A heating degree-day is # of Fahr.degrees the mean temp. is below 65.
Hurricane season: Usually August through September.
Pollen count:Refers to the amount of pollen circulating in the air. Useful info for people with allergies.

Temperatures

Fahrenheit
Celsius
Comparisons
400
 
Roasting Chicken
325
 
Roasting Meat
212
100
Water Boils
176
80
Lamb cooked
160
 
Beef medium
140
60
Beef rare
122
50
 
104
40
Very High Fever
102
38.9
High Fever
100
37.8
Mild Fever
98.6
36.6
Normal Body Temp.
90
32.2
Really hot day
86
30
Hot Day
80
26.6
Warm Day
70
21.1
Pleasant
68
20
Pleasant
60
15.5
Cool & Refreshing
50
10
Warm winter day
40
4.4
 
32
0
Water freezes
30
-1.1
 
20
-6.7
Vermont winter
14
-10
 
10
-12.2
 
0
-17.8
Really cold
-4
-20
 
-10
-23.3
 
-31
-35
Siberian winter
-459.67
-273.15
Absolute zero

Celsius = (Fahrenheit - 32) /1.80


Fahrenheit= (Celsius x 1.8) + 32
Climate in New York