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Climate in New York

New York State has a humid continental climate, with warm summers and cold winters. The state experiences four distinct seasons with significant precipitation throughout the year. Summers in New York can be hot and humid, while winters tend to be cold and snowy. Spring and fall are also pleasant, providing a variety of temperatures throughout the year. Most of the state experiences an average of thirty-five inches of rain per year, but areas along Lake Erie and Lake Ontario receive more than seventy inches. Snowfall varies from region to region, but most areas typically receive around thirty inches per season.

New York, New York gets 44 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

New York averages 62 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 165 sunny days per year in New York. The US average is 205 sunny days.

New York gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 139 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 81 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 16
Rain: averages 44 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 62 inches of snow a year


New York's annual BestPlaces Comfort Index of 6.6 (10=best) indicates it is less comfortable than most states in the United States.

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August, July and June are the most pleasant months in the state of New York, while January and February are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  New York, New YorkUnited States
  43.5 in.38.1 in.
  62.2 in.27.8 in.
  139.1 days106.2 days
  165 days205 days
  940 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.

July is the hottest month for New York with an average high temperature of 81.2°, which ranks it as cooler than most states. In New York, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for New York are June, August and July.

New York has 6.1 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most states in the U.S.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for New York with an average of 15.8°. This is colder than most of the U.S. states.

New York has 133.4 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most states in the U.S.

New York averages 8.7 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most states in the U.S.

Humidity in the state of New York is generally low and comfortable. But there some days when the humidity becomes unpleasant, especially in July and August. The most humid months (but still comfortable) are July, August and June.

July is the wettest month in New York with 4.1 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 2.5 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 28% of yearly precipitation and 20% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. New York's average annual rainfall of 43.5 inches indicates that it is about average compared to other states in the United States.

January is the rainiest month in New York with 13.2 days of rain, and August is the driest month with only 10.3 rainy days. New York's annual average of 139.1 days with measurable rain is one of the rainiest states in the United States. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 27% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 24% chance of a rainy day.

New York's average annual snowfall of 62.2 inches indicates that it is one of the snowiest states in the United States. January is the snowiest month in New York with 17.3 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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