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    New Orleans, climate and temperatures: when to go? Info on the best time

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    It is not just jazz that characterizes New Orleans: from a meteorological point of view the city is famous for rain. The geographical area in which it rises, on the delta of the Mississippi River and therefore in the heart of the Gulf of Mexico, makes the climate humid and subject to constant rainfall throughout the year. Unfortunately, hurricanes are not uncommon and citizens sadly remember theKatrina which in 2005 devastated the city. All this does not mean that it is impossible to visit one of the most exciting cities from all over the United States: just know which seasons are the most favorable and start with the right preparation.


    • Clima a New Orleans
      • L’inverno a New Orleans
      • Spring in New Orleans
      • L’estate a New Orleans
      • Autumn in New Orleans
    • Is it possible to swim in the sea in New Orleans?
    • When to go to New Orleans?

    Clima a New Orleans

    As I mentioned, in New Orleans it rains very often, especially in summer: the average is 1575mm of rainfall per year. The humid subtropical climate makes it difficult to come across winters really cold, while the summer they are usually very hot and muggy. Overall, the largest city in Louisiana certainly cannot be called the best in the States from a meteorological point of view, but this is not to be avoided. From June to September, thunderstorms are the order of the day and the strong wind that accompanies them can create a discreet disturbance to the visitor. But if you go here in the summer, don't worry: you won't be blown away by a whirlwind. In the extreme case of a hurricane right in the year of your trip, weather warnings will warn you in time.

    L’inverno a New Orleans

    Winter on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico is particularly mild. Forget the blanket of snow that covers the homes of the northern states and the freezing winds that descend from Canada. Here the average winter temperatures are 12 degrees and visiting the city between December and February is a good choice. January is the coldest month, but even here the lows very rarely fall below 7 degrees and it is therefore pleasant to wander around the historic districts. Winter is a relatively dry season for the city, albeit already rainier than the autumn months. This certainly facilitates a visitor who does not want to spend their holiday under a storm.

    Due to the favorable weather conditions, this is a season full of events, often linked to jazz. It is also one of the American cities where the European tradition of carnival is most felt, and choosing winter as a period for your trip can also be worthwhile to experience the magic of Mardi Gras a New Orleans.

    Spring in New Orleans

    It is difficult to define spring in this geographic area. The months of March and April they are what we could define as mid-season. During these weeks the temperatures rise a lot and the maximums in March already reach around 25 degrees, while the nights are characterized by a pleasant temperature close to 15 degrees. The month of April, on the other hand, presents a greater temperature difference. If the nocturnal minimums remain similar to those of March, increasing on average by a couple of degrees, the daily maximums are around 30 degrees.

    These temperatures, already considered summer in other cities of the USA, are here purely spring, especially for theirs variability. The April sun can also heat up a lot, rising above 25 degrees, like leaving the city immersed in the cool 22 degrees of the most cloudy and windy days. May is now the gateway to summer and it is very similar to April in characteristics: warm sun and cool breezes from the sea, but with a few more notches on the mercury column than the previous month.

    L’estate a New Orleans

    Summer is in New Orleans particularly hot and rainy. In fact, in June the so-called hurricane season which lasts until November and sees its peak period from late August to September. If on the one hand such a statement can scare, on the other it must also be said that devastating hurricanes are not a constant at all, just remember that the last one, Katrina, dates back to 2005.

    Until September the heatwave is king: daily highs often in the range between 30 and 35 degrees, with humidity that leads to heat and a higher perception of the air temperature. There rain is quite frequent, and sometimes it can go down even torrentially. Being able to choose the period in which to leave, summer months are not the most recommended months to visit the city.

    Autumn in New Orleans

    October and November are ideal to venture into the streets of the jazz capital. The probability of strong wind drops considerably, sultry days are rarer and monthly rainfall decreases. Effectively, October is the driest month of the year, and in November the probability of precipitation rises slightly. The maximum temperatures gradually drop from 26-27 degrees in early October to 17-18 degrees in November, with very pleasant sunny days in both months. TO November, the cold is not excessive and the rain is still very rare, so we can call it one of the best months. Without a doubt, this is a good season to visit Louisiana and its largest city.

    Is it possible to swim in the sea in New Orleans?

    New Orleans is close to the inviting sea of ​​the Gulf of Mexico and you'd think it's a popular beach resort, but it really isn't. The first reason, which can be understood from the above, is that summer is the wettest period. The second reason is that New Orleans is located on the mouth of the Mississippi: the fact that the waters of one of the longest rivers in the world find their outlet here must make us reflect on the fact that the waters are not always to be considered crystalline. New Orleans is therefore substantially surrounded by the characteristic marshes rather than by beaches and, in case you want to spend a day at the beach, you will have to get away from the city.

    When to go to New Orleans?

    We should start by saying when not to go to New Orleans: if possible, avoid the height of summer. Having total freedom of choice, identify a period that goes from October to April, to have a greater chance of clear days and better temperatures. Come on priority to autumn and winter: here the temperatures are excellent for visiting the city and you will almost certainly come across, even without specifically booking for specific dates, in some event that animates the historic center.

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