This post is a summary of the weather in February in NYC, including average temperatures and how much sun and rain to expect. We also provide tips on what to wear and what to do during the month. If you are coming at either the start or end of the month, check out our weather reports for January and March.
Early in February, afternoon temperatures tend to be mostly in the upper 30s f (3-4C) while overnight and early morning lows dip into the mid to upper 20s f (-3 to -4C). A few of the colder mornings can see temperature dropping into the lower teens (-10 to -12C). As the month progresses, daytime high temperatures begin to warm up a bit, getting up into the mid-40s f (6-7C) with a few days reaching into the mid-50s f (12-14C).
Skies tend to be sunny or at least partly sunny for about 17 days while some precipitation occurring, on average, on about 9-10 days. About 3 of these days will record some snow, 2 of which will see a snowfall of at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) and about 1 day on average records a snowfall of 3 inches (7.6 cm) or more.
March is the month of seasonal transition. Appropriate clothing can make or break a trip, so packing a little extra this month might be sensible for your stay in New York City. As the month progresses, spring appears. It’s not a perfect formula, so it’s a good idea to have layers and warm jacket.
You’ll also want to bring a medium to light jacket for those days when the temperature rises into the 50’s and 60’s.The temperature will vary from scarves and gloves to skirts and short sleeves. Of course, your tolerance depends on what climate you’re coming from. It’s best to be prepared for both seasons so your comfort level is optimized, making your trip to the Big Apple the greatest experience of your lifetime!
On Valentine’s Day thousands of locals and visitors will declare their love at the Crossroads of the World and take a photo together in front of the heart sculpture at W. 46th Street & Broadway. Also, Chinese New Year falls in February this year so you might want to attend the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival to see the colorful floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dancers and more.
You should also join Free Tours by Foot on our SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Tour as we gawk at the “Fashionistas” and cast iron buildings of SoHo, visit New York’s and America’s first “pizzeria”, famous mafia locations, or take a stab at bargaining with a street vendor in Chinatown.
February is also a good time to join us for our New York City Subway Art Tour to learn how to navigate the (in)famous NYC subway system and to enjoy the largest and longest art gallery on the planet.
See our full post on things to do all year in NYC for more ideas.