April Weather in New York City New York, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 11°F, from 55°F to 66°F, rarely falling below 44°F or exceeding 77°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 9°F, from 41°F to 51°F, rarely falling below 33°F or exceeding 58°F.
For reference, on July 21, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in New York City typically range from 71°F to 85°F, while on January 29, the coldest day of the year, they range from 28°F to 39°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in April in New York City
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on April. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature in April in New York City
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The month of April in New York City experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 50% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is April 29, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 52% of the time.
For reference, on January 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 53%, while on August 29, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 64%.
Cloud Cover Categories in April in New York City
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In New York City, the chance of a wet day over the course of April is essentially constant, remaining around 29% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 35% on August 1, and its lowest chance is 22% on January 28.
Probability of Precipitation in April in New York City
To show variation within the month and not just the monthly total, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during April in New York City is essentially constant, remaining about 3.6 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 6.6 inches or falling below 1.4 inches.
The highest average 31-day accumulation is 3.7 inches on April 16.
Average Monthly Rainfall in April in New York City
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day snowfall during April in New York City is decreasing, starting the month at 1.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.4 inches, and ending the month at 0.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.0 inches or falls below -0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Snowfall in April in New York City
Over the course of April in New York City, the length of the day is rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1 hour, 14 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 33 seconds, and weekly increase of 17 minutes, 53 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is April 1, with 12 hours, 41 minutes of daylight and the longest day is April 30, with 13 hours, 55 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in April in New York City
The latest sunrise of the month in New York City is 6:39 AM on April 1 and the earliest sunrise is 44 minutes earlier at 5:56 AM on April 30.
The earliest sunset is 7:20 PM on April 1 and the latest sunset is 30 minutes later at 7:50 PM on April 30.
Daylight saving time is observed in New York City during 2023, but it neither starts nor ends during April, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:24 AM and sets 15 hours, 6 minutes later, at 8:30 PM, while on December 22, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:16 AM and sets 9 hours, 15 minutes later, at 4:32 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in April in New York City
The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.
Solar Elevation and Azimuth in April in New York City
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for April 2023. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases. The label associated with each bar indicates the date and time that the phase is obtained, and the companion time labels indicate the rise and set times of the Moon for the nearest time interval in which the moon is above the horizon.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases in April in New York City
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The chance that a given day will be muggy in New York City is essentially constant during April, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on August 2, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 54% of the time, while on December 15, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in April in New York City
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This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in New York City is decreasing during April, decreasing from 9.3 miles per hour to 8.1 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on February 26, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.3 miles per hour, while on August 1, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.2 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in April in New York City
The hourly average wind direction in New York City throughout April is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 31% on April 19.
Wind Direction in April in New York City
New York City is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average surface water temperature in New York City is increasing during April, rising by 7°F, from 42°F to 49°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in April in New York City
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
The growing season in New York City typically lasts for 7.8 months (238 days), from around March 29 to around November 22, rarely starting before March 12 or after April 14, and rarely ending before November 4 or after December 13.
The month of April in New York City is more likely than not fully within the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season rapidly increasing from 60% to 100% over the course of the month.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in April in New York City
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Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
The average accumulated growing degree days in New York City are gradually increasing during April, increasing by 158°F, from 65°F to 222°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in April in New York City
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in New York City is increasing during April, rising by 1.2 kWh, from 4.7 kWh to 5.9 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in April in New York City
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of New York City are 40.714 deg latitude, -74.006 deg longitude, and 30 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of New York City is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 85 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 11 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (367 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,657 feet).
The area within 2 miles of New York City is covered by water (58%) and artificial surfaces (40%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (78%) and water (20%), and within 50 miles by artificial surfaces (32%) and trees (32%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in New York City, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in New York City.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and New York City according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at New York City is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between New York City and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:
To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of New York City and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source's contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
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