This post is an overview of the weather in New York in August as well as providing tips on how to dress and what to do during this relatively warmer month. August is one of the warmer months, with relatively high temperatures and lots of sun. However, it’s also one of the most humid months, so be prepared by having loose fitting clothes, water and sunscreen. It’s also a great time of year to enjoy evening activities, such as our pay-what-you-like tours, as the evening temperatures provide for very comfortable conditions.
So, how is the weather in New York in August? Well, August is summertime in the city with warm temperatures and lots to do and see. Early August normally sees daytime high temperatures in the low to mid 80’s f (27-29 C) with about 3-5 days this month reaching or exceeding 90 f (32 C). Overnight lows tend to be mostly in the mid to upper 60’s f (19 – 21 C) during the first half of this month.
As the month draws to a close, however, the afternoon temperatures will cool slightly averaging mostly in the upper 70’s f to near 80 f (25-27 c) while overnight lows now dip into the low to mid 60’s f (16-19 c). A couple of the cooler mornings could even dip into the mid to upper 50’s f (13-15 c). Past Augusts have seen temperature extremes as high as 104 f (40 c) to as low as 50 f (10 c).
More important than the temperatures though is the humidity. Some visitors to the Big Apple will be used to high humidity, but many are not. Average humidity for NYC averages between 50% and 75%, depending on time of day. So, it’s important to dress appropriately.
Sunny or at least partly sunny skies are likely on about 21 days this month which makes this a good time for those outdoor events. Some rainfall, however, can be expected on about 9 days this month but significant rainfalls of 1/2 inch (13 mm) or more occur only on about 3 days and mostly in the form of showers or thunderstorms. Some of the thunderstorms can be accompanied by strong gusty winds.
Like July, the weather in New York in August means that it is best to dress for summer comfort this month with light summer-weight clothes. Always bring a couple of comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella for those summer showers as well as sunscreen and hats for that August sun. You won’t need a jacket or long sleeved shirts, but you might consider packing some for the evenings, especially if you plan on walking the Brooklyn Bridge at night. Likewise, many foreign visitors to the U.S. are unprepared for how cold most buildings in NYC are. Americans love air conditioning. So, that light, long-sleeved shirt could come in handy during the day.
What to bring:
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August is the perfect time to join us for one of our popular New York Night Tours, as nighttime temperatures make for lovely evenings. There are many outdoor events this month in the city such as the The Giglio Feast of Saint Antonio that celebrates Italian food, culture, religion on the streets of East Harlem. Also this month, the city closes seven miles of Park Avenue and Lafayette Street to cars so you can play, run, walk, dance, and bike during Summer Streets and for your evenings you can view popular films at Central Park Conservancy Film Festival.
(Picture on the promenade in Brooklyn Heights on our Brooklyn Heights Tour on August 5, 2014).
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Written by Fred Pickhardt
Ocean Weather Services