February Weather Averages for New York
What's the Weather like in New York in February
After a frightfully cold January, temperatures begin to warm up from February onward in New York, USA. At this time of year, the average temperature for the city starts off at 0°C, made up of highs of 4°C using the daytime and lows of -4°C after sunset, and rises up to 2.5°C, made up of highs of 6°C during the daytime and lows of -1°C at night, by the end, making the final week of February the best ti...
What's the Weather like in New York in February
After a frightfully cold January, temperatures begin to warm up from February onward in New York, USA. At this time of year, the average temperature for the city starts off at 0°C, made up of highs of 4°C using the daytime and lows of -4°C after sunset, and rises up to 2.5°C, made up of highs of 6°C during the daytime and lows of -1°C at night, by the end, making the final week of February the best time to visit if you want to experience New York at its warmest.
Even though it only occurs on an average of 10% of days, temperatures can sometimes rise above 13°C and drop below -11°C in New York in February. The highest temperature which has ever been recorded in the city during this month is 20°C, whilst the lowest temperature which has ever been registered in the city at this time of year is -14°C.
Over the course of an average February, New York is subject to 57mm/2 inches of rainfall divided between nine rainy days and six snowy days – that's quite a lot less than last month. With some form of precipitation occurring on so many days throughout the year, there is a very good chance you'll get some wet weather during your holiday in February, so be prepared. The probability of precipitation making an appearance in the city at this time of year stays fairly constant throughout the year, starting off at 46% on February 1st, rising up to 47% by February 10th and dropping back down to 46% by February 29th.
The likelihood of snowfall making an appearance during this month starts off at 27% at the beginning and drops down to 22% by the end, making the start of February the best time to go if you want to enjoy the snow.
The most common forms of precipitation you can expect to see in New York in February are light snow (which falls on 35% of days with precipitation), light rain (22%), moderate rain (17%) and moderate snow (13%).
Throughout the month, New York boasts an average of six hours of daily sunshine – that's the same as the previous month – alongside median cloud coverage which ranges between 73% at the beginning of the month and 74% by the end. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 33% of the time, partly cloudy 11% and mostly cloudy/overcast 49%.
The relative humidity for New York in February usually falls between 45% (comfortable) and 82% (humid), rarely falling below 27% (dry) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air is usually at its driest around February 5th, when the relative humidity falls below 53% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst the air is often at its most humid around February 25th, when it rises above 71% (humid) three days out of four.
February can be quite a windy time for New York. During this month, typical wind speeds range between 0 m/s (light air) and 8 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 11 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around February 29th, when the average daily maximum is 8 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s happens around February 8th, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s (moderate breeze).
Since this month is one of the coldest of the year for the city, January is only suitable for holidaymakers who don't mind wrapping up warm every time they want to go outside. If you do plan on visiting New York at this time of year, make sure you take plenty of winter clothing with you, such as coats, hats, scarves, gloves and thick jumpers. However, if you hate cold temperatures and want to visit New York when it's at its warmest, forget about February and plan your holiday for July, instead, when temperatures are usually at their highest.
New York Hotels in February
Situated in the heart of one of Manhattan's fastest growing neighbourhoods, just a short distance away from the Empire State building, boutiques, bars and restaurants, Martha Washington provides central accommodation for an affordable price. Here guests can choose between standard rooms, superior rooms, deluxe rooms and suites, each of which comes complete with free WiFi access, flat screen HDTV and slate-tiled bathrooms with complimentary toiletries. Onsite services and facilities include 24-hour fitness centre, room service and refreshment centre, plus the modern Marta Italian restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, pastries, dessert, tea and coffee throughout the day and evening.
When it comes to affordable accommodation in New York, Seton Hotel is another top pick. This boutique hotel is found in the centre of midtown Manhattan, just two blocks away from Grand Central Station, where you'll also find many nightlife venues, attractions, shopping malls and restaurants. Accommodation comes in the form of shared bath, premium one double, premium two doubles, premium queen and deluxe king rooms, plus executive suites, each of which comes with free Wifi access, complimentary tea and coffee, iPod docking station and flat screen TV. The hotel features a stylish new interior, plus guest lounge with 50" TV, business centre, access to a nearby fitness club and discounted overnight parking nearby, giving you a top-end boutique experience for a price you can afford.
If you can afford to splash out on your accommodation in New York, consider staying at Warwick New York Hotel. Located within the centre of Manhattan, close to Times Square, numerous shopping centres, plus many bars and restaurants, this hotel is one of the most historic in the city and has hosted many celebrities, including Elvis Presley and the Beatles. Accommodation is provided in the form of premier rooms, premier plus rooms, premier suites, premier plus suites and on the avenue suites, each of which comes with elegant décor with champagne-inspired colours, self-controlled heating, WiFi access and private bathroom with complimentary designer toiletries. Onsite services and facilities include Murals on 54 art-inspired restaurant, Randolph's Bar & Lounge which resembles a comfy living room, in-room dining, fitness centre, free newspapers and limo transfers.
If you think of your hotel as just a place to rest your head, consider staying at the Pod Hotel. This hotel is designed for travellers who want to stay in the heart of the city but don't have a large budget. Accommodation is provided in the form of small rooms which feature only the essentials – such as single, double or bunk bed, free WiFi access, media centre, flat-screen TV, safe, climate control, hairdryer, iron and ironing board. Within the hotel you'll find the modern Pop gastropub which specialises in burgers, Pod 51 Café which offers indoor and outdoor seating and Pod 51 Roof Deck which offers panoramic city views, plus many bars, restaurants, shopping centres and tourist attractions nearby.
Bars and Restaurants
For quality American-Italian cuisine, you can't beat Colicchio & Sons. Open for lunch and dinner throughout the week, as well as brunch on the weekend, this restaurant offers daily-changing menus, so you can be sure that the meal you order will be freshly prepared with seasonal ingredients. There is a small a la carte menu to choose from, in addition to a set four-course menu and the chef's set menu which is a collection of the chef's favourite dishes. To accompany the food, there are wine and beer lists, each of which comes in 30+ variations.
Daniel is a great place to go if you're celebrating a special occasion or want a venue for a romantic night out. This sophisticated eatery features elegant décor and offers a contemporary menu full of innovative French dishes, such as caviar, black sea bass, lobster salad, suckling pig and milk-fed veal. There is an a la carte menu with starters, mains and desserts, as well as seven-course tasting menu available. If you arrive earlier than your reservation, you can enjoy a cocktail at the bar-lounge before you sit down to eat.
Bouley is another great choice when it comes to French cuisine. This restaurant prides itself on using fresh, seasonal produce and using feedback from diners to create the next season's menus. Open for lunch and dinner, Bouley offers an a la carte menu for lunch and dinner, plus a six-course tasting menu for dinner with an optional wine pairing for an extra cost. With more than 40,000 different bottles of wine – including many award-winners – wine lovers will be in their element here.
Things to do in New York in February
The Frick Collection is a must-see for art lovers on holiday in New York. Located on Fifth Avenue, this collection is divided between a museum which is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-6pm and on Sundays 11am-5pm, plus a library which is open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm and Saturdays from 9.30pm-1pm. The museum's collection includes old master paintings – such as those created by Rembrant, Bellini, Goya and Vermeer – and fine furniture spread out amongst six galleries. The library's collection focuses on 4th-20th Western traditions and includes info about paintings, prints, sculptures, illuminated manuscripts and drawings.
9/11 Memorial Museum is the most comprehensive museum in the USA which focuses on the events which occurred on September 11th, how they affected people and the ongoing implications today. The museum is made up of a historical exhibition centre which tells the story of 9/11 through archives, media displays, monumental artefacts, genuine artefacts and narratives, plus a memorial exhibition in which the lives of every victim of the 1993 and 2001 attacks are commemorated.
Experience an unparalleled view of the Manhattan skyline from the Top of the Rock observation deck. As soon as you enter the building, the wonder begins, with the Joie Chandelier, made up of 14,000 crystals lit with fibre optics, hanging from the ceiling. As you ascend to the top of the building, you'll pass by the Mezzanine Exhibit which features a collection of photos and artefacts which describe the history of Top of the Rock. There's also a small theatre found here where you can watch a short presentation about the art and history of the Rockerfeller Centre. When you reach the top of Top of the Rock, you'll be able to admire the panoramic city views from three observation decks – two indoor ones on the 67th and 69th floors, plus an open-air viewing deck on the 70th floor.
February events in New York
Ice Skating in Central Park
1st February 2019 to 28th February 2019
The Rink in Central Park is one of the most famous in the world, having appeared in many films and television shows. The Wollman Rink is located at 62nd Street, on the Fifth Avenue side (east side) of Central Park.
Lunar New Year Parades and Festival
5th February 2019
Visit Chinatown's lunar new year parade and festival. With impressive performances and lots of vendors, it will be a fun-filled day. The parade works its way through Little Italy and Chinatown, and includes many different performances. The festivities are to celebrate the ending of the Year of the Dog, and the beginning of the Year of the Pig.
Athena Film Festival
28th February 2019 to 3rd March 2019
The Athena Film Festival showcases the best of women's cinema, celebrating the stories of remarkable women. It includes Academy Award-nominated films, top-tier features, documentaries, and shorts, including U.S. and world premieres. There were around 50 films shown last year, so it certainly will be a packed weekend!