Averages for New York in April
What's the Weather Like in New York in April?
The weather continues to get warmer in April in New York, USA, when the spring season is just beginning. During this month, the average temperature for the city starts off at 7.5°C, created by highs of 12°C during the day and lows of 3°C at night, at the beginn...
What's the Weather Like in New York in April?
The weather continues to get warmer in April in New York, USA, when the spring season is just beginning. During this month, the average temperature for the city starts off at 7.5°C, created by highs of 12°C during the day and lows of 3°C at night, at the beginning of the month and rises up to 12.5°C, made up of highs of 17°C during the day and lows of 8°C at night, by the end of the month, making the final week in April the best time to go if you want to visit New York when the weather is warmest.
Because temperatures are fairly cool in New York in April, this month is best suited to travellers who plan on spending the majority of their holiday indoors, shopping and enjoying other city attractions. If you decide to visit the city during this month, make sure you pack a mixture of thick winter clothing – such as coats, hats, gloves and scarves – as well as slightly lighter winter clothing – like jumpers and jeans for when the sun gets out during the day.
However, if you hate cold temperatures can want to visit New York when the city is at its warmest, forget about April and plan your holiday for July, which is usually the warmest month of the year for the city.
Throughout the month, New York is subject to an average of 96mm/4 inches of rainfall spread out between 15 rainy days and one snowy day – that's a small decrease compared to March. With precipitation occurring on more than 50% of days across the month, you're almost certain to experience some wet weather during your holiday in April, so be prepared.
The probability of precipitation occurring in the city at this time of year stays fairly constant, starting off at 49% at the beginning of the month and dropping down to 47% by the end of the month. The likelihood of snow falling begins at 11% on April 1st and gradually drops down to 2% by April 30th, making the first week of April the best time to visit if you want to enjoy the snow.
The most common forms of precipitation you should expect to experience in New York in April are light rain (which occurs on 44% of days with rainfall), moderate rain (27%), light snow (8%) and light rain (8%).
Average Sunshine Hours
During an average April, New York enjoys eight daily hours of sunshine – that's one more every day than the previous month – alongside median cloud coverage ranging between 80% at the start of the month and 82% by the end. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 32% of the time, partly cloudy 11% and mostly cloudy/overcast 52%.
The relative humidity for New York in April fluctuates between 44% (comfortable) and 87% (very humid), rarely falling below 22% (dry) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air is often at its driest around April 15th, when the relative humidity drops below 56% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst the air is usually at its most humid around April 30th, when it rises above 79% (humid) three days out of four.
New York remains fairly breezy all-year-round. In April, typical wind speeds range between 0 m/s (calm) and 7 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 11 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around April 1st, when average daily maximum is 7 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s happens around April 30th, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s.
New York Hotels in April
When it comes to stylish modern accommodation, it's tough to beat Hudson. This luxury New York boutique hotel is located in midtown New York, just steps away from Central Park, the theatre district, shopping centres, bars and restaurants. Accommodation comes in the form of eight single and double studios, one-bedroom suites, apartments and penthouses, each of which features state-of-the-art equipment, such as flat screen HDTV, iPod docking station and workspace. Onsite services and facilities include the Hudson Park and Tequila Park restaurants, four bars, room service, 24-hour gym and paid WiFi access.
For something more classic and traditional, try Hotel Belleclaire. Situated in the Upper West Side of New York, near the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park and some of the best boutiques, bars and restaurants in the city, this hotel is set inside a landmark building constructed in 1903.
Accommodation is provided in the form of 240 guestrooms and suites, each of which comes with free WiFi access, flat screen HDTV and complimentary luxury toiletries. Within the hotel grounds you'll find media lounge with arcade games and Mac computers, free drink upon arrival, 24-hour fitness centre and the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf café which serves a selection of the best teas and coffees in the world 6am-11am during the week and 7am-midnight on weekends.
Carvi is a great place to stay for holidaymakers who want to spend their holiday sightseeing in Midtown Manhattan. This contemporary boutique hotel is found within walking distance of countless eateries, bars, cafes, shops and public transportation options. Each guestroom here comes with free high-speed WiFi access, coffee/tea making facilities and plasma TV.
Onsite services and facilities include airport shuttle service, room service, rooftop terrace and free nearby parking. There are four restaurants – PJ Clarke's, Daniel, Smith & Wollensky and Shun Lee Palace – within the immediate surroundings where guests receive exclusive discounts for staying at the hotel.
For a hotel that has it all, look no further than the Radisson Martinique on Broadway. Situated in Midtown Manhattan in a 19-storey historic Beaux Arts building, this hotel is ideally located for exploring Chelsea, Gramercy and Murray Hill, where you'll find loads of art galleries, museum, boutiques, bars and restaurants.
Accommodation comes in the form of 533 classic guestrooms, executive rooms and suites, each of which comes with high-speed WiFi access, free bottled water, Keurig coffee machine and flat screen TV with premium channels. Within the hotel you'll find fitness centre, business centre, one lounge, souvenir shop and three restaurants: Petit Poulet which serves French bistro food, the Martinique Café which serves American and international cuisine and KumGangSan which serves Asian cuisine.
Bars and Restaurants
When it comes to classic American cuisine in modern, comfortable surroundings, you can't beat Chalk Point Kitchen. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, this restaurant features farm-like décor, with wooden white-washed walls, chairs and tables which make you feel like you're eating in someone's home – not a restaurant.
The brunch and lunch menus feature dishes such as different types of eggs Benedict, fresh salads, egg plates, sandwiches and croissants, whilst the dinner menu offers a selection of fish, shellfish, meat and poultry options, some of which are single-serving and some of which are designed to feed two.
For fine dining, try the Gramercy Tavern. Open for lunch between midday and 2pm Monday to Friday and for dinner 5.30pm to 10pm Sunday to Thursday and 5.30pm to 11pm Friday and Saturday, this restaurant serves up contemporary American cuisine in the form of a seasonal menu which is made up of elegant dishes with a rustic influence.
The restaurant is split into two sections: the Tavern which offers a casual a la carte menu and daily-changing four-course tasting menu for dinner, plus the Dining Room which offers an a la carte menu for lunch, plus fixed-price and tasting menus for dinner.
For the ultimate in gourmet dining, try Eleven Madison Park. This fine dining restaurant is known for its multiple course tasting menu which makes the most of the fresh and seasonal produce found in New York alongside age-old cooking methods which began in the city.
If you have any allergies, dietary restrictions or ingredient preferences, your menu can be altered accordingly, so just let your server know. There are several hundred wines available by the bottle, half bottle and glass to choose from, in addition to 20 cocktails and various beers, ciders, ales, lagers and non-alcoholic beers.
Things to do in New York in April
Art and history lovers won't want to miss the chance to visit the Cloisters, situated in northern Manhattan and open 10am-5.15pm every day in April. This cultural attraction is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is dedicated to the architecture and art of medieval Europe, with a huge collection of domestic and religious pieces which date from the 12th to the 15th centuries.
There are nine pre-set themed itineraries which you can follow to see the best that the museum has to offer: The Monuments Men at the Met: Treasures Saved During WWII, Artist in Residence: Alarm Will Sound, A Half Day at the Met: the Director's Tour for the First Floor, A Half Day at the Met: the Director's tour for the Second Floor, Family Itinerary for Children 5+: a Visit to Egypt, Family Itinerary for Children 3-5: a Treasure Hunt for Creatures from Ancient Greece, Highlights Tour: New and Familiar Masterpieces, Highlights Tour: Visitor Favourites and What's Your Met Celebrity Tour,
For a spectacular music show, see what's on at Radio City Music Hall. This entertainment venue hosts a huge variety of shows which change regularly throughout the year, so check the website to see what's on during your holiday. As well as shows, Radio City Music Hall also offers behind-the-scenes tours which you can sign up for to meet a Rockette, discover the art deco masterpieces and learn the secrets behind the Great Stage.
If you'd rather see a theatre-style show, see what's on at the Joyce Theatre. Based in Chelsea, this theatre specialises in a wide variety of family-friendly dance performances. After the show, make sure you pop into the Joyce gift shop, where you can pick up branded mugs, t-shirts, bags and jackets to remind you of your visit.