February in New York City Weather and Event Guide

Valentine's Day and Winter Break bring visitors to the city despite the cold

Brooklyn Bridge in the snow
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There are many reasons that February brings visitors to New York City -- many come to enjoy the Lunar New Year celebrations, some plan a romantic escape for Valentine's Day and others are bringing their kids to the city to enjoy exploring the city despite the sometimes frigid weather because they are on school break. Although the weather makes it a little less comfortable for exploring, with proper planning and packing, you can still have a great time in New York City, despite the cold.

February Weather:

  • Average High: 32°F (4°C)
  • Average Low: 29°F (-3°C)
  • February is a bit warmer than January, and less likely to be rainy, but still among the coldest months in New York City
  • Tall buildings can make the wind feel colder and stronger than normal, so be sure to dress for the weather.
  • There is an average of 3 inches of precipitation in February.

What to Wear:

  • Boots or galoshes - to keep your feet warm and dry. Warm feet make a world of difference when you're walking and exploring.
  • Dress in layers -- it will typically be warm in stores, subways, and attractions, but it is nearly impossible to visit New York City without spending time outside, so you'll want to ensure you're warmly dressed for walking around.
  • A warm coat, hats, earmuffs, scarves, and gloves/mittens

February Perks:

  • The cold weather continues to make bargain accommodations and discount flights to New York City available.
  • The Chinese Lunar New Year means there are a variety of parades and celebrations to experience

February Cons:

  • Cold, sometimes snowy weather
  • Chance of flight/travel problems if a storm disrupts air travel, in New York City itself or even in other regions which can cause a domino effect.
  • Valentine's Day and President's Day holidays can mean inflated prices and crowds.

Good to Know:

  • The third Monday in February is "President's Day" and is a federal holiday to commemorate the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. This means that many businesses may be closed, but typically restaurants and other tourist attractions remain open.
  • Many American school systems have a week of vacation in February, typically the week of President's Day, so New York City school children will be out of school, and many families vacation in New York City this week.

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