Averages for New York in June
The weather gets warmer and drier in June in New York, USA, when spring is merging into summer. During this month, the average temperature for the city starts off at 18°C, created by highs of 23°C during the daytime and lows of 13°C at night, and rises up to 22°C, created by highs of 26°C during the daytime and lows of 18°C at night, by the end of the month, maki...
The weather gets warmer and drier in June in New York, USA, when spring is merging into summer. During this month, the average temperature for the city starts off at 18°C, created by highs of 23°C during the daytime and lows of 13°C at night, and rises up to 22°C, created by highs of 26°C during the daytime and lows of 18°C at night, by the end of the month, making the final week in June the best time to holiday in the city if you want to visit New York when the city is at its warmest.
Even though it only occurs on an average of 10% of days, temperatures have been known to rise above 31°C and drop below 9°C in New York in June. The hottest temperature which has ever been recorded in the city at this time of year is 37°C, whilst the coldest temperature which has ever been registered here at this time of year is 9°C.
Because temperatures are relatively warm in New York in June, this month is perfect for holidaymakers who want to explore the city and see the sights. If you're planning your big apple holiday for June, you'll need to pack a mixture of warm clothing such as jeans, jumpers and jackets to keep you comfortable on an evening, plus lighter clothing, like t-shirts, shorts and skirts, for when the sun gets out during the day. If you love the sunshine and want to visit New York when temperatures are at their hottest, delay your holiday and plan to visit New York in July, which tends to be the warmest month of the year for the city.
Throughout the month, the city is subject to an average of 98mm/4 inches of rainfall spread out between 13 rainy days – that's slightly less than in May. With rainfall occurring on more than 1/3 of days across the month, there is quite a good chance you'll see some precipitation during your holiday, so be prepared and take an umbrella with you. The probability of precipitation making an appearance in New York decreases as the month develops, starting off at 44% on June 1st and dropping down to 41% by June 30th. The most common forms of precipitation you should expect to experience in New York in June are light rain (which happens on 43% of days with rainfall), moderate rain (28%), thunderstorms (14%) and heavy rain (10%).
During an average June, New York enjoys around 11 hours of sunshine each day – that's two hours more every day than the previous month – alongside median cloud coverage which fluctuates between 79% at the beginning of the month and 76% by the end. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 31% of the time, partly cloudy 14% and mostly cloudy/overcast 52%.
The relative humidity for New York in June ranges between 52% (mildly humid) and 91% (very humid), rarely falling below 32% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air is often at its driest around June 1st, when the relative humidity drops below 62% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it's usually at its most humid around June 22nd, when it rises above 86% (very humid) three days out of four.
Compared to the other months, June is a relatively calm month. At this time of year, typical wind speeds range between 0 m/s (calm) and 6 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely rising above 9 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 3 m/s (light breeze) happens around June 2nd, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s (light breeze) occurs around June 27th, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s.
View of the Hudson River and 34th Street at Dawn in New York, USA via Flickr
Where to stay
Hotel Edison Times Square is an Art Deco hotel located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, just seconds away from theatres, bars, restaurants, shopping malls, individual boutiques and tourist attractions. Accommodation is provided in the form of classic and signature rooms, each of which comes with flat-screen TV with cable, WiFi access (paid) and work desk. Within the hotel you'll find the Rum House cocktail lounge with complimentary wine for one hour at 5pm Tuesday and Friday along with live jazz music, 24-hour fitness centre, 24-hour business centre, 24-hour valet parking, gift shop, airport transfers and complimentary walking tours around New York City every Tuesday at 10am.
For something a bit more affordable, try Hotel Newton. Found within the Upper West Side part of the city, this small hotel is perfect for those who want to visit Central Park, Riverside Park, Columbus Circle, the American Museum of Natural History, the Manhattan Children's Museum and Columbia University. Accommodation is provided in the form of 105 superior and deluxe doubles and queens, as well as standard single and doubles which feature WiFi access (paid), mini bars, flat-screen TVs, and coffee making facilities, plus 12 deluxe junior suites and superior queen suites which also come with kitchenettes. Although onsite services are limited to room service, the Manhattan Café is located opposite the hotel and serves American, Greek and Italian food for breakfast lunch and dinner.
The Benjamin is ideal for travellers who love top-end accommodation. Set within a 29-storey beaux-arts building full of classic artwork, this hotel is situated in East Midtown Manhattan, within easy access of the shopping opportunities of Fifth Avenue, Grand Central Terminal, the Rockerfeller Centre and St Patrick's Cathedral, as well as a wealth of bars, restaurants and department stores. Guests can choose between guestrooms, deluxe studios, one-bedroom suites, balcony suites, terrace suites and the Benjamin suite, each of which comes with custom-designed bed, marble bathroom and flat-screen HDTV. Within the hotel you'll find the National restaurant which serves French bistro-style food for breakfast lunch and dinner, beauty salon with hair and spa treatments, 24-hour fitness centre and live music every Sunday between 6pm and 10pm at the onsite restaurant.
Renaissance New York Hotel 57 is a chic boutique hotel located in the centre of Midtown Manhattan, close to Bloomingdale's flagship store, Carnegie Hall, Central Park and loads of museums, art galleries, bars, restaurants and shopping malls. Accommodation is provided in the form of 202 guestrooms and suites, each of which comes with marble bathroom, air conditioning and coffee making facilities, plus city views available from most units. Onsite services and facilities include Opia Restaurant which serves French cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Opia Lounge and Bar which shows live sporting events and fitness centre, with plenty more eateries, bars and entertainment venues just a short walk away.
Renaissance New York Hotel 57 in New York, USA taken by Marriott International
Things to do
If the weather takes a turn for the worst, seek shelter at Madison Square Garden. This venue hosts a wide variety of entertainment, from basketball games and music concerts to dog shows and musicals. In June 2015, Billy Joel and Bette Midler will be performing, but many more events will be revealed closer to the time, so make sure you check the website to see what's on during your holiday. Visitors can also sign up for Madison Square Garden tours every day between 10.30am and 3pm which take you on a behind-the-scenes adventure to explore VIP areas of the venue not usually open to the public.
When it comes to a quirky yet romantic place to explore in New York, the High Line ticks all the boxes. This unusual attraction is a 2.3km-long linear park built along an ex-railroad track, inspired by the Promenade Plantée in Paris, France. Here you can enjoy leisurely strolls along the elevated pathways, relax on the numerous benches and admire the artwork on the buildings – all for free. There is usually a handful of official staff members posted at several spots throughout the park who can answer any questions you have about the site. Special events take place throughout the year here, so be sure to check the website just before you go to see what's going on.
Visit the Tenement Museum and find out about the history of 97 Orchard Street and the 7,000 working class people who used to live there. The museum can be seen in three ways: by touring the building which includes a visit to the restored apartments and businesses, by meeting the "residents" (costumed interpreters) who lived at 97 Orchard Street and by walking throughout the neighbourhood to discover the Lower East Side and find out how the immigrants shaped the area and its culture. After your chosen tour, don't forget to stop by the gift shop where you can pick up all sorts of books, jewellery, accessories, office items, home décor products, games and kids' toys.
The High Line in New York, USA taken by David
Eating and drinking out
For delicious Asian cuisine, you can't beat Koi Restaurant. Open for lunch Monday to Friday 11.45am-2.30pm and for dinner Monday to Thursday 5.30pm-11pm, Friday to Saturday 5.30pm-11.30pm and Sundays 6pm-10pm, this eatery is styled with Asian décor in mind, with minimalist dark wooden furniture and leather banquettes. The menu features Asian-Californian fusion food, with specialities such as crispy rice topped with spicy tuna, yellowtail carpaccio with grapeseed oil and Kobe beef filet mignon. In addition to the lunch and dinner a la carte menus, there are also sushi, dessert and cocktail menus.
If you prefer Italian food, make a reservation at Scalini Fedeli. This restaurant is run by a Michelin-starred chef who puts great energy and experience into his food which is modern and eclectic Italian with a clear French influence. Diners can choose between prix fixe and tasting menus, each of which includes classics such as roasted Chilean sea bass and butter basil poached main lobster. Because only the freshest ingredients are used in the kitchen, the menu changes every two months according to what is in season.
Il Punto Ristorante is another top pick when it comes to Italian restaurants in New York. Open Monday to Friday noon to 10pm, Saturdays 4pm-10.30pm and Sundays 4pm-10pm, this centrally-located restaurant aims to bring Italy to New York with Mediterranean lunch and dinner menus boasting house-made pastas, breads, grilled and roasted seafood, poultry and veal, plus many homemade Italian desserts, including tiramisu, panna cotta and gelato. Lunch, dinner, dessert, to-go, pre-fixe theatre and pre-fix business lunch menus are all available. Private and group dining can also be arranged in intimate dining rooms separate from the main restaurant.
Sushi from Koi Restaurant in New York, USA via Flickr