July Weather Averages for New York
What's the Weather Like in New York in July?
July is usually the hottest month of the year for New York, USA. At this time of year, the average temperature for the city begins at 22°C, created by highs of 26°C during the daytime and lows of 18°C after dark, at the start of the month and peaks at 23.5°C, created by highs of 28°C during the daytime and lows of 19°C after ...
What's the Weather Like in New York in July?
July is usually the hottest month of the year for New York, USA. At this time of year, the average temperature for the city begins at 22°C, created by highs of 26°C during the daytime and lows of 18°C after dark, at the start of the month and peaks at 23.5°C, created by highs of 28°C during the daytime and lows of 19°C after dark, by the end of the month, making the final week in July the best time to visit New York if you want to experience the city when temperatures are at their highest.
Although it only happens on an average of once every ten days, temperatures can sometimes rise above 32°C and fall below 13°C in New York in July. The highest temperature which has ever been registered in New York during this month is 39°C, whilst the coldest temperature ever recorded here at this time of year is 13°C.
Since temperatures are at their highest in New York in July, this month is the best time for sunbathers to visit. Although it's not a typical sunshine holiday destination, many hotels in New York have rooftop pools and solariums which are perfect for catching the sun at this time of year.
If you plan to visit the city during this month, you'll need to bring a mixture of fairly warm clothes, such as jeans, light jumpers and cardigans, to keep you comfortable on an evening, as well as t-shirts, skirts and shorts to ensure you stay comfortable during the daytime when the sun gets out. If flight and accommodation prices are too high for you to visit in July, consider planning your holiday for June instead – the weather is fairly similar during this month, with the temperatures being slightly cooler.
Over the course of the month, the city receives an average of 99mm/4 inches of rainfall divided between 13 wet days – that's roughly the same as in June. With precipitation occurring on just less than ½ of days across the month, you're almost guaranteed to get some wet weather during your holiday, so be prepared and pack an umbrella. The likelihood of rainfall making an appearance in New York in July slightly decreases as the month develops, starting off at 40% on July 1st and dropping down to 38% by July 31st. The most common types of precipitation you should expect to see in the city during this month are light rain (which occurs on 41% of days with rainfall), moderate rain (26%), thunderstorms (17%) and heavy rain (10%).
Average Sunshine Hours
Across an average July, New York boasts 11 hours of daily sunshine – that's the same as the previous month – alongside median cloud coverage which ranges between 77% at the start of the month, peaking at 78% by the middle of the month and dropping down to 76% by the end of the month. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 30% of the time, partly cloudy 14% and mostly cloudy/overcast 51%.
The relative humidity for New York in July fluctuates between 52% (mildly humid) and 91% (very humid), rarely falling below 35% (comfortable) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air is usually at its driest around July 10th, when the relative humidity drops below 62% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst it tends to be at its most humid around July 25th, when it rises above 86% (very humid) three days out of four.
In comparison to the rest of the year, July is a fairly calm month for New York. During this month, typical wind speeds range between 0 m/s (calm) and 6 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 8 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 3 m/s (light breeze) occurs around July 3rd, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s happens around July 28th, when the average daily maximum is 5 m/s (moderate breeze).
New York Hotels in July
If you want to stay in a grand classical hotel which has all the modern-day conveniences, consider Excelsior Hotel. Located in one of the city's trendiest neighbourhoods in the Upper West Side part of New York, this hotel overlooks the American Museum of Natural History and the Rose Centre for Earth and Space. The Lincoln Centre, Beacon Theatre and Central Park, as well as a wide choice of shops, bars, restaurants, museums, art galleries and attractions, are also nearby.
The Roosevelt Hotel is another top choice when it comes to classic hotels. Opened in 1924 in the height of the Jazz Age, this hotel boasts a prime location, close to the Grand Central Terminal and JFK Airport, as well as loads of shops on Fifth Avenue, theatres on Broadway and bars, restaurants and nightclubs everywhere in between. Onsite services and facilities include 24-hour fitness centre, shopping arcade, business centre and concierge service, plus the Mad46 rooftop lounge which serves cocktails and light snacks, the Vander Bar which serves a wide selection of drinks and also offers daily drinks specials, Madison Club Lounge open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the Roosevelt Grill which serves international cuisine for breakfast.
If you're travelling on a budget, try the Hotel at Times Square. This boutique hotel is just steps away from the theatre district where you'll find all sorts of evening entertainment, the Rockerfeller Centre, Grand Central Station and a vast assortment of eating, drinking and shopping opportunities. This hotel prides itself on providing guests with luxury accommodation at a budget prices.
All guestrooms come with free WiFi access, movies on demand, coffee maker, flat-screen cable TV, free US phone calls, free daily newspapers and in-room safes. Guests also receive complimentary daily breakfast, valet services and discounted parking nearby, plus free child places for children under 13. Onsite services and facilities include 24-hour business centre, 24-hour fitness centre and Vu 46 roof-top bar which serves beer, wine and cocktails between 3pm and 1am.
If you prefer your hotels to have a European edge, consider staying at Hotel 17. Situated in Midtown Manhattan, this hotel was designed with old-world charm in mind and is within easy access of various tourist attractions, including the Union Square Park, Empire State Building, Columbus Circle, China Town, Freedom Tower – Ground Zero and Central Park, around which you'll find many museums, art galleries, boutiques, bars, coffee shops, restaurants and nightclubs.
All rooms feature WiFi access, LCD cable TV, bathroom with hairdryer and toiletries. Although there are no other facilities available within the hotel, this is reflected in the cheap rates and there are plenty of places to dine, see tourist attractions and enjoy entertainment in the local area.
Bars and Restaurants
Patsy's is a traditional family-run restaurant located in Manhattan. Open Sunday to Thursday from noon until 9.30pm and Friday to Saturday from noon until 10.30pm, this restaurant serves up a range of Italian-American inspired dishes, including calamari, calms, house salads and mozzarella antipasto starters; pasta, pizza, seafood, fish, meat and signature main dishes; and a dessert cart loaded with freshly-prepared sweet dishes which changes according to what has been made that day. The menu is a la carte on an evening, with reasonably fixed-price menus available during the afternoon.
When it comes to cheap eats in New York, Rubirosa is the place to go. The restaurant is run by an Italian family who use signature Italian recipes to create thin and crispy pizzas everyone loves. Open throughout the week, this restaurant's menu features a huge selection of standard pizzas, white pizzas, sandwich-style pizzas and calzones, as well as pastas, salads, antipasti and desserts – all of which are made with traditional Italian recipes. The restaurant also offers a variety of gluten-free options.
There is a lunch specials menu available between noon and 4pm which features value-for-money meals made up of one pizza/pasta/salad and one drink, as well as a sharing option which includes one large dish and two drinks.
Los Tacos is another great option when it comes to cheap restaurants in New York. Located in Chelsea Market and open Monday to Saturday 11am-9pm and Sundays 11am-8pm, this eatery is less of a restaurant and more of a stylish market stall, making it the perfect place to grab a bite to eat, but not somewhere to enjoy fine dining. The menu features Mexican dishes, including tacos, tostadas, quesadillas and mulas made of steak, chicken, pork and cactus, alongside chips and dip side dishes. The short drinks list includes water, agua fresca and fizzy drinks.
For drinks with a difference, make your way to the Flatiron Lounge near Madison Square Park. This unique bar offers a comprehensive range of spirits and cocktails, all served in a classic Jazz Age-style setting.
Things to do in New York in July
St Paul's Chapel is a great way to learn more about Christianity in an upbeat and friendly environment. This church runs services throughout the day, with many of the services including congregational singing and organ playing. On Sundays, services are held at 8am, 9am, 9.15am, 11.15am and 8pm, with more singing, organ playing and sometimes choir singing. In addition to the main services, weekly music events also take place here and include everything from classical concerts to jazz music performances. New events are added regularly, so check the website to see what's on when you're there.
A holiday in New York isn't complete without visiting the Rockerfeller Centre. This attraction is home to Top of the Rock from which you can see panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, Radio City Music Hall which hosts live music shows and the Channel Gardens full of seasonal plants. You can explore the various parts of the Rockerfeller Centre on your own, or sign up for one of the guided tours which take you behind the scenes and tell you all about the history and architecture of the building. Within the centre, you'll also find the Concourse, which is full of shops, boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, supermarket and a bank.
If seeing the Statue of Liberty is on the top of your holiday to-do list, consider seeing it by riding on the Staten Island Ferry. The ferry service is completely free to use and goes right past the statue, providing you with clear views of it and ideal photo opportunities.
If you haven't got time to visit the statue itself, this is a great way of seeing it without going too far out of your way. As well as views of the Statue of Liberty, you'll also see great vistas of the Manhattan city skyline and Brooklyn Bridge from the ferry's deck. The ferry service runs almost non-stop, so if you only wanted to get on it to see the Statue of Liberty, you can hop on a return ferry within just a couple of minutes of getting off.
No visit to New York in July would be complete without experiencing Independence Day celebrations, and on the 4th of July Macy's fireworks bring the city to life after dark. Whether you're in NYC or sat in an exclusive rooftop bar, make sure you don't miss this great event.
July events in New York
Macy's 4th July Fireworks
4th July 2018
Macy's holds an annual firework display on 4th July, to celebrate Independence Day. The stunning display launches over 5000 fireworks that can be seen from all over the city. The display takes place on the East River, and the best place to watch is from Manhattan's FDR Drive between Houston Street and Midtown East.
Bastille Day on 60th Street
8th July 2018
Celebrate the beginning of the French Revolution at this family-friendly street fair. At the fair, you can sample authentic cuisine, do arts and crafts and watch live performances. There will be food, drink, dancing and music that all of the family will enjoy. Get a taste of France in New York!
Pleasantville Muisc Festival
14th July 2018
Thousands of families and friends join each year at Pleasantville, for music, dancing, food and drink. This family friendly music festival has activities for the kids, a beer and wine garden for the adults, and a zero waste programme to keep the planet happy. The festival is affectionately known as New York's backyard Jan, with warm positive vibes.