Brooklyn, New York, a borough of New York City, experiences a climate that's generally regarded as a humid subtropical climate. This means that the borough experiences cold, wet winters, and hot and humid summers.
During spring and autumn, weather can unpredictable with considerable variability from day-to-day. It's not unusual for some days to be chilly and for the next to be warm all within the same week. Temperatures during winter months in Brooklyn often average around 32 F (0 C) and sometimes drop into the single-digits during the coldest months, January and February.
Summers are warm and sometimes humid, with average temperatures of around 75 F (24 C). Given the city's urban location, nighttime weather is particularly prone to the heat island effect, which means that sometimes summer temperatures can climb as high as 100 F (38 C).
Brooklyn usually receives 230 days with some sunshine and approximately 50 inches of precipitation throughout the year. From 1981 through 2010, the average winter snowfall was 26 inches. In general, Brooklyn and New York City are not prone to extreme weather, but Hurricane Sandy, in 2012, flooded many of the city's streets and damaged homes and buildings, especially in beach-front and low-lying neighborhoods like Coney Island and DUMBO.
Fast Climate Facts
- Hottest Month: August (88 F / 31 C)
- Coldest Month: January (26 F / -3 C)
- Wettest Month: July (4.6 in.)
Spring in Brooklyn
Brooklyn's spring weather can be variable, with temperatures ranging from downright chilly to pleasantly warm. Temperatures below freezing are not uncommon, nor is a late-season snowstorm. Spring also experiences plenty of rain; March through May average nearly 3.5 inches.
What to Pack: Make sure to pack a raincoat, as well as a heavier coat or jacket for the evenings. Typically during the day, pants, such as jeans or heavier trousers, along with a sweater will be warm enough.
Summer in Brooklyn
Summer is the complete opposite of winter in Brooklyn. Whereas winter is cold and damp, summers are hot and humid, the surrounding ocean and rivers increase the latter. The hot and sticky weather includes temperatures that can climb as high as 100 F (37 C), although that's not common. Summer isn't very dry in Brooklyn either—thunderstorms are common, and the typical monthly rainfall still exceeds four inches.
What to Pack: Pack plenty of shorts and lightweight clothing. Despite lower averages, even at night temperatures can climb as high as 90 F (32 C).
Fall in Brooklyn
Fall in Brooklyn is a great time to visit, as temperatures drop and colorful foliage can be seen in many of the city's parks. Some days are still warm and sunny with slightly cooler nights. While the city doesn't yet see snow during autumn, it is still a wet season with an average rainfall of 3.7 inches.
What to Pack: Pack pants and long-sleeve tops and sweaters. In the evening, you'll need a coat. Temperatures can and do dip below freezing, especially later on in the season. By early November, Brooklyn's usually had its first frost.
Winter in Brooklyn
Winter is the coldest season in Brooklyn, typically running from December through the end of March. Snow, however, can occur anytime between October and May. Wintry weather can vary wildly—some days might feel balmy whereas there might be a blizzard the following week. The average temperature ranges from 25 F to 40 F, and the city can receive around 30 inches of snow during an average winter.
What to Pack: Pack clothing that is warm, heavy, and waterproof. You'll also need a sturdy pair of well-tractioned shoes or boots, as sidewalks and roads can be slick from ice or snow accumulation.
|Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall, and Daylight Hours|
|Month||Avg. Temp.||Rainfall||Daylight Hours|
|January||39 F||3.7 inches||10 hours|
|February||42 F||3.1 inches||11 hours|
|March||50 F||4.4 inches||12 hours|
|April||50 F||4.5 inches||13 hours|
|May||72 F||4.2 inches||15 hours|
|June||75 F||4.4 inches||15 hours|
|July||85 F||4.6 inches||15 hours|
|August||88 F||4.4 inches||14 hours|
|September||77 F||4.3 inches||12 hours|
|October||67 F||4.4 inches||11 hours|
|November||54 F||4.0 inches||10 hours|
|December||44 F||4.0 inches||9 hours|