Time and Climate Type in New York, USA

New York City is located in the EST (Eastern Standard Time) time zone, UTC/GMT -5. The sunrise is at 06:57 and the sunset at 17:23 for the moment of February 2019. The length of the day is 10 hours 25 minutes. The time in Greenwich, London is 5 hours ahead of NYC.

The City of New York is lying in the area of a humid subtropical climate. However, certain parts of that particular metropolitan area may have a humid subtropical or rather a humid continental climate depending on the geographical position of such. Therefore, the temperature is falling below freezing mainly January through February only in certain parts of New York state. But there are several areas, and New York City is considered to be one of them, where the temperature is still above freezing.

Below you may find specific characteristics of each season in NYC:


Technically, the winter in NYC starts at the end of December and lasts until the end of March. However, there is also a high possibility of snow somewhere between October and May even. The weather in NYC during the winter time is quite unpredictable, as it can be sunny and a bit of snow might come, but it may also be windy, gloomy, and snow blizzards might take place as well. So, think about your wardrobe properly when packing for a winter trip to NYC.

The average temperature in the city in winter ranges from 26 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit. That is a low possibility that it will rain in winter in NYC. However, the level of snow might vary from 30 to 50 inches.


Spring is quite unpredictable as well. That is a hit-or-miss season. The temperature ranges from 45 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit on average. The evening is quite cold and pleasant during the spring. However, you might expect to see lots of rain, and by lots, we mean that it may rain every day, especially in April. The average precipitation level during that period is about 3.4 inches per month.


Summer in NYC is a truly incredible season, it is ultimately the opposite to the winter, well. It is warm and humid, as the city is located close to the water. Therefore, the Atlantic Ocean affects the climate and temperature a lot during the summer.

The average temperature might range from 64 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

However, you may also expect thunderstorm during the summer in NYC. The rainfall level might get quite impressive as well. Thus, it can reach 4 inches per month.


Fall is the season that completes the climate cycle. Thus, that is the time when the temperature is getting lower, and leaves are starting to fall. Everything around turns orange, yellow, and dark brown. Some claim that it is the most beautiful and artistic time of the year in NYC.

It is still relatively warm during the fall though. The temperature ranges from 40 to 54 degrees Fahrenheit. It might also get quite humid, and the precipitation levels might get high as well. Thus, the rainfall level might reach about 3.7 inches per month in summer.


Therefore, if you are planning to come to NYC any time soon, it might be a better idea to go in winter or summer. As those are two prominent seasons when you can see NYC the way it is in its natural condition.

January and February in winter and July and August in summer are the best months to see the city.