Averages for New York in October

What's the Weather Like in New York in October?

Temperature

The weather carries on getting colder in New York, USA in October, when the autumn season is in full swing. During this month, the average temperature for the city begins at 16°C, created by highs of 20°C during the daytime and lows of 12°C after dark, and drops down to 11°C by the end of the month, made up of highs of 15°C during the daytime and lows of 7°C after dark. T...

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What's the Weather Like in New York in October?

Temperature

The weather carries on getting colder in New YorkUSA in October, when the autumn season is in full swing. During this month, the average temperature for the city begins at 16°C, created by highs of 20°C during the daytime and lows of 12°C after dark, and drops down to 11°C by the end of the month, made up of highs of 15°C during the daytime and lows of 7°C after dark. This makes the first week in October the best time to visit if you want to experience New York when temperatures are at their highest.

Even though it only happens on an average of once every ten days, temperatures have been known to rise above 25°C and drop below 2°C in New York in October. The hottest temperature which has ever been registered in the city at this time of year is 32°C, whilst the coldest temperature ever recorded here during this month is 1°C.

Because temperatures are relatively cold in New York in October, this month is best suited to travellers who don't mind wrapping up to go outside. If you plan on visiting the city during this month, you'll need to take fairly warm clothing, such as jeans, thin jumpers and cardigans, to ensure you stay comfortable during the daytime, as well as winter-style clothing, such as jeans, jackets and even a warm hat, to ensure you stay comfortable on an evening.

If you want to make the most of your holiday time and visit New York when temperatures are at their highest, forget about October and plan your holiday for July instead, which tends to be the warmest month of the year for the city.

Rain

Throughout October, New York is subject to 97mm/4inches of rainfall spread out between ten wet days – that's a slight decrease compared to September. With rainfall making an appearance on almost 1/3 of days across the month, there is a very good chance you'll get a wet spell, so consider taking an umbrella with you.

The probability of rainfall making an appearance during this month stays roughly constant, beginning at 37% on October 1st and rising up to 39% by October 31st. The most common types of precipitation you can expect to see in the city during this month are light rain (which falls on 53% of days with rainfall), moderate rain (27%) and heavy rain (9%).

Average Sunshine Hours

Across the month, New York enjoys an average of seven daily hours of sunshine – that's a decrease of two hours every day compared to the previous month – along with median cloud coverage which ranges between 68% (partly cloudy) at the start of the month and 73% (partly cloudy) by the end of the month. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 32% of the time, partly cloudy 13% and mostly cloudy/overcast 46%.

Humidity

The relative humidity for New York in October varies between 52% (mildly humid) and 90% (humid), rarely dropping below 33% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air tends to be at its driest around October 31st, when the relative humidity falls below 62% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it tends to be at its most humid around October 2nd, when it rises above 84% (humid) three days out of four.

Wind

Compared to the calmer summer months, October can be quite a breezy time for New York. During this month, typical wind speeds for the city fluctuate between 0 m/s (calm) and 6 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely going above 10 m/s (fresh breeze).

The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around October 31st, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s (light breeze) happens around October 4th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s.

New York Hotels in October

For a central hotel with easy access to hundreds of coffee shops, bars, restaurants, boutiques, shops, museums, art galleries and other tourist attractions, consider the Manhattan at Times Square Hotel. This Art Deco-styled hotel was built in 1962 and provides accommodation in the form of 689 non-smoking guestrooms and suites. 

In return for paying a daily resort fee, guests receive high-speed WiFi access, unlimited local and international phone calls and access to the 24-hour fitness centre with weights, bikes, treadmills and elliptical machines. Although there are no dining facilities within the hotel, there are eight restaurants within easy walking distance.

If you just need somewhere to sleep and don't care about room amenities, consider staying at Yotel New York at Times Square. Ideally located on the edge of Times Square, just a short walk away from the shops at Fifth Avenue, the sports activities at Chelsea Piers and Central Park, this hotel provides affordable accommodation in the form of standard, premium and first cabins – each of which features the basic essentials.

Standard cabins include flat-screen TV, free WiFi access and local calls, laptop safe and private bathroom with rain shower. Premium and first cabins contain the same amenities much are much larger, like ordinary hotel rooms. Onsite services and facilities include East & West Club Lounge which offers eastern and western cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Terrace rooftop café/bar which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails, well-equipped gym and bike rental. Guests also receive complimentary daily breakfast and free coffee, tea and water from the Gallery situated on each floor.

When it comes to cheap accommodation in New York, Days Inn Hotel New York City-Broadway is a great choice. Located on the Upper West Side, just four streets from Central Park and a short walk away from the Subway system, this hotel provides accommodation in the form of standard rooms, business rooms and suites.

Due to the cheap rates, onsite services and facilities are limited to business centre, fitness centre, car park and laundry service, but there is a huge choice of bakeries, coffee shops, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, shops and attractions within walking distance of the hotel.

The Lex NYC is an affordable boutique hotel located in the historic area north of Madison Square Park, just steps away from various forms of transportation which can get you to anywhere in New York. Here guests can choose between queen rooms and junior suites. All guests enjoy complimentary daily breakfast, but there are also many bars, restaurants, coffee shops and supermarkets close to the hotel.

Bars and Restaurants

For innovative American cuisine, try Gotham Bar & Grill. Open for lunch Monday to Friday noon-2.15pm and for dinner Monday to Thursday 5.30pm-10pm, Friday 5.30pm-11pm, Saturday 5pm-11pm and Sunday 5pm-10pm, this restaurant has been decorated in the style of a Parisian brasserie, making it perfect for a romantic meal. An a la carte and prix fixe three-course menu are available for lunch, whilst a standard a la carte and speciality a la carte menus are available for dinner.

All menus feature a selection of light fish and vegetable first course appetisers, heartier fish and vegetable second course starters and fish and meat main courses. The dessert menu is made up of a small selection of cakes, parfaits, sundaes, ice creams and cheeseboards which are served alongside dessert wines, ports, sherries and teas.

Satisfy your craving for Italian food by dining at Via Della Pace. Open every day from 11am to 1am, this restaurant is known for its exclusive atmosphere, extensive wine list and reasonably-priced Italian cuisine. The lunch and dinner menus are identical and feature a selection of bruschetta, salads and pasta dishes, alongside traditional Italian main courses. Red, white, rose and sparkling wines are served by the bottle and glass, in addition to a wide selection of American, Italian and international beers, spirits and cocktails.

Lovers of high-end French cuisine should head to La Grenouille. This restaurant has been established for years and has served a number of A-class celebrities, including Madonna, Mick Jagger and Elton John. A la carte and three-course prix fixe menus are available for lunch and dinner, both of which feature classic French dishes, such as lobster bisque and foie gras terrine for starters, frogs' legs and roast chicken in champagne sauce for mains and cheeseboards and soufflés for dessert. The lengthy drinks menu offers a great selection of French and International wines, beers and spirits.

If you're looking for a quick bite and evening drinks in a cosy establishment, then pay a visit to Amity Hall. This Greenwich Village establishment is well-known for its cheerful service, tasty bar snacks and comprehensive range of craft beers and lagers. 

Things to do in New York in October

Greenwich Village is one of the most popular places for tourists and locals alike to hang out in New York. Here you'll find a huge selection of international restaurants where you can get everything from pizza to sushi, as well as all sorts of bars, pubs and nightclubs.

Peppered amongst the bars and restaurants, you'll also find an assortment of shops, boutiques and many tourist attractions, including Washington Square Park which is full of street performers, Judson Memorial Church with its stained glass windows, Stonewall Inn which is now an active LGBT centre, Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame Annex which offers a tour through the history of rock 'n' roll and Bleecker Street where the artists from the 60s found their inspiration.

Get a different view of the city by riding the Roosevelt Island Aerial Tram. This tram takes you from Manhattan to Roosevelt Island on a four-minute trip, providing you with a unique view of the city below you along the way. Roosevelt Island is a quiet escape from bustling New York and offers a visitors centre where you can find out more about the island, a park full of natural wildlife, plants and flowers, plus highly-recommended international restaurants. There is also a Roosevelt Island gift shop just as you step off the tram.

If you get a warm and sunny day during your holiday in New York in October, make the most of it by visiting the Conservatory Garden. Open every day from 8am until dusk, this is the only formal garden in Central Park and is a great place to do as much or as little as you want.

If you want to relax, there are horse and carriage tours, gondola rides, pedi-cab tours and walking tours available which will show you the best of the park without tiring you out. However; if you want a more action-packed experience, there are also bikes available to rent, bike tours to join and running trails to follow.

Lovers of science and nature will be spoilt for choice at the American Museum of Natural History, which ranks as one of the largest museums in the world. Containing no less than 33 million specimens of plants, rocks, fossils, minerals and other artefacts, you could easily spend days wondering the museum's various exhibits without feeling like you've even touched the surface. The museum is located in New York's Upper West Side and is open throughout the week from 10am to 5.45pm. 

New York is undoubtedly the home of American baseball and you should definitely watch a game from the famous Yankee ballpark in the Bronx neighbourhood while you're visiting. The stadium hosts regular games throughout the year and is within easy reach of the city centre. 

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