New Orleans, Louisiana 

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Climate in New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana has a humid subtropical climate, with hot summers and mild winters. The region experiences plenty of rainfall throughout the year, with an average of over 64 inches per year. Summers can be very hot in New Orleans, with temperatures regularly exceeding 90°F (32°C). Winters are often mild, although temperatures can drop into the upper-50s °F (near 14°C) at times. The area is also susceptible to tropical storms and hurricanes during hurricane season, which runs from June through November each year.

New Orleans, Louisiana gets 64 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

New Orleans averages 0 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 216 sunny days per year in New Orleans. The US average is 205 sunny days.

New Orleans gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 108 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.

Weather Highlights

Summer High: the July high is around 92 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 45
Rain: averages 64 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 0 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for New Orleans is 6.6 (10=best), which means it is one of the least comfortable places in Louisiana.

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Summer   /   Winter
April, November and October are the most pleasant months in New Orleans, while July and August are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  New Orleans, LouisianaUnited States
  63.5 in.38.1 in.
  0.0 in.27.8 in.
  108.0 days106.2 days
  216 days205 days
  0 ft.2443 ft.


Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.

August is the hottest month for New Orleans with an average high temperature of 91.8°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in Louisiana. In New Orleans, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for New Orleans are April, October and November.

In New Orleans, there are 77.7 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is about average compared to other places in Louisiana.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for New Orleans with an average of 45.1°. This is one of the warmest places in Louisiana.

In New Orleans, there are 4.8 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the warmest places in Louisiana.

In New Orleans, there are 0.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is about average compared to other places in Louisiana.

Humidity in New Orleans can be oppressive in the summer, but pleasant for much of the year. The humidity here has been described as stifling in July and August. The humid season extends from May-October and the most comfortable months are November-April.

June is the wettest month in New Orleans with 7.5 inches of rain, and the driest month is October with 3.8 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 32% of yearly precipitation and 22% occurs in Winter, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 63.5 inches in New Orleans means that it is wetter than most places in Louisiana.

July is the rainiest month in New Orleans with 13.9 days of rain, and April is the driest month with only 5.8 rainy days. There are 108.0 rainy days annually in New Orleans, which is rainier than most places in Louisiana. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 36% of the time and the driest is Summer with only a 19% chance of a rainy day.

There is rarely any recorded snowfall in New Orleans, ranking it as one of the least snowy places in Louisiana. Any measurable snowfall is a rare occurance in New Orleans.

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    Reviews for New Orleans    87 Reviews
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    Unhappy here - 7/19/2022
    I've lived here for going on 3 years. The person who lives with me wanted us to move here. It got old for me very soon after we moved here. Neither of us like it. ... Read More

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