June is a popular time to visit New York City, with warm temperatures and plenty of things to do.
We’ve been living in New York for over 10 years and June is one of the best months to explore everything here. Personally, I enjoy walking my dog, running, and biking in June in the city when temperatures are warm and generally mild.
This guide will help you know what weather to expect during each week in June when traveling to New York.
Additionally, we put together the best things to do in June. From hidden gems to well-known attractions, our recommendations are filled with insider tips that only a true New Yorker would know.
The weather in New York City in June is generally warm and sometimes hot, with the hottest temperatures in late afternoons. The temperatures get hotter by the end of the month as July approaches.
At night it is usually mild and sometimes even cool, with breezes from the many waterways surrounding the city.
The New York City weather in June is usually warm, with mild temperatures in the mornings and evenings and the hottest times in the afternoons. The beginning of June is usually already warm and temperatures increase throughout the month with average highs ranging from 75°F (24°C) to 82°F (28°C)
It can be humid throughout the month and usually rains for several days.
Here are the daily temperature progressions on a typical June day in New York City:
- Morning (8 AM): 71°F (22°C)
- Afternoon (3 PM PM): 80°F (27°C)
- Evening (10 PM): 74°F (23°C)
Tip: When visiting NYC, be prepared to walk a lot when visiting our iconic attractions. Thus, it’s important to stay hydrated during humid and hot days in June. I like to carry a water bottle throughout the day and bring it along on bike rides, walks, and even doing errands.
Here are the average high temperatures during June in New York City:
- Early June: 75°F (24°C)
- Mid-June: 79°F (26°C)
- Late June: 82°F (28°C)
In June in NYC, daily high temperatures increase by an average of 7°F, from 75°F (24°C) to 82°F (28°C), rarely falling below 65°F (18°C) or exceeding 90°F (32°C).
The month of June usually includes several rainy days in New York, with an average of 11 days of rain. The rain can also bring humidity, which makes the temperatures feel hotter
More details on rain later in the weekly weather details.
Is June a Good Time?
June is a very good time to visit New York City as the weather is mostly pleasant and the heavy summer crowds haven’t arrived yet. It can get hot at times during June but usually, the days are mild and warm, with hotter temperatures more common at the end of the month.
Weather Details | First Week
The first week of June in NYC typically includes beautiful weather, with mild temperatures that peak in the late afternoons at the hottest times.
I usually enjoy outdoor workouts or runs in the early mornings before the sun gets too strong. The temperatures also cool down at night and the sun sets late, with the days growing longer.
This week is a great time to visit popular attractions like the Empire State Building as the visibility is great on most days and the temps are lovely. Check the weather forecast before going as poor visibility can spoil your experience on the upper floors.
The first week of June has early sunrises that continue to get earlier as the days go on. The average sunrise time is 5:27 am on June 1 and 5:25 am on June 7.
June includes the longest day of the year in New York City and we enjoy going to festivals and nighttime activities in the summer. The sun sets at 8:20 pm on June 1 and 8:24 pm on June 7.
The average high temperature ranges between 75°F (24°C) and 77°F (25°C) during the first week of June in NYC. The average low falls between 56°F (16°C) and 60°F (17°C).
The first week of June is ideal for outdoor activities, as it gets warm but is usually not hot. I enjoy going for bike rides, hiking, outdoor dining, and attending summer street festivals in early June.
It’s also a perfect time for exploring the city and its attractions without getting too hot.
There are usually one to two rainy days in the first week of June in New York City. It’s a good idea to bring an umbrella on days there may be rain storms, or wear a baseball hat for light rainy days.
Generally, only one rainy day throughout the week will have heavy rains. I always check the weather before going anywhere in the morning to make sure it won’t rain, and if it’s supposed to rain, I wear a hat or pack an umbrella for expected heavy rains.
I did get caught in a rain shower without being prepared but since then I put a small, lightweight emergency poncho in my bag so I’m always prepared for the rain.
On a typical day in the first week, the average temperature progression from early morning until late evening looks like this:
- 5:30 AM: 62°F (17°C), coldest time
- 12:00 PM: 72°F (22°C), pleasant
- 2:30 PM: 75°F (24°C), warmest time
- 6:30 PM: 72°F (22°C), pleasant
- 10:00 PM: 67°F (19°C), getting colder
It can get cool at night in early June in NYC. You may experience average lows of around 62°F (17°C) at night around 5 am. I like to bring a hoodie or light jacket for going out after dark in the city.
The temperatures are usually the hottest around 3 pm. Usually the daily temperature progression increases by an average of 13°F, from 62°F (17°C) to 75°F (24°C).
Weather Details | Second Week
The weather continues to warm up in the second week of June in New York City, and the days grow longer.
I enjoy getting outside early, taking a break in the afternoons, and going out in the evenings to outdoor restaurants and bars.
The second week of June is slightly warmer than the first week and has many daylight hours so it’s great for outdoor adventures. The nights are a little warmer but it’s still a good idea to have a light jacket for outings after sunset or before sunrise.
The average high temperature ranges between 76°F (24°C) and 78°F (26°C) during the second week of June in NYC and the average low falls between 64°F (18°C) and 65°F (18°C).
The sun continues to rise early in the second week of June. I typically get up early to run and enjoy the daylight before the sun gets stronger in the afternoons. The average sunrise time is 5:24 am on June 8 and 5:24 am on June 14.
The days grow longer in the second week of June and we enjoy outdoor dining at local restaurants and bars. Sunset is at 8:25 pm on June 8 and at 8:28 pm on June 14.
The second month of June usually includes one or two days of rain in New York, with one possibly heavy rainfall with thunderstorms.
Usually, it also gets humid if it rains so even on a rainy day I bring a water bottle with me to most places to stay hydrated.
Also, wearing a hat is a good idea to keep your face shielded from the rain besides using it for sun protection.
On a typical NYC day within the second week, the average temperature progression from early morning until late evening often looks like this:
- 5:30 AM: 64°F (18°C), coldest time
- 12:00 PM: 74°F (23°C), pleasant
- 3:00 PM: 76°F (25°C), warmest time
- 6:30 PM: 74°F (23°C), pleasant
- 10:00 PM: 70°F (21°C), still pleasant
The days start to heat up more in the second week of June, with the hottest temperatures around 3 pm in the afternoons, where it’s often around 76°F, sometimes even warmer. The night is at its coldest around 5:30 pm; when it’s only 64°F.
Usually the daily temperature progression increases by an average of 12°F, from 65°F (18°C) to 77°F (25°C).
Weather Details | Third Week
The third week of June has the longest days of the year so it’s a perfect time to do outdoor activities in the mornings and evenings.
I like to hike, walk my dog, or run in the mornings and meet up with friends or go for bike rides in the evenings.
The third week of June gets warmer, with the afternoons sometimes getting hot. The best time to do strenuous outdoor activities is in the mornings or evenings, and the long daylight hours give you plenty of time to go out in the evenings.
The average high temperature ranges between 78°F (26°C) and 79°F (26°C) during the second week of June in NYC and the average low falls between 66°F (19°C) and 67°F (19°C).
During the third week of June, the days continue to grow longer. I like to take morning runs before it gets hot. The sun rises at 5:24 am on June 15 and at 5:25 am on June 21.
The sun sets later in the third week of June, at 8:28 pm on June 15 and at 8:30 pm on June 21.
It usually rains one day in the third week of June. There are generally less rainy days than in early June. But the weather in New York City can change fast so always check the weather before going out for the day or evening.
This is the temperature progression on a typical NYC day in the middle of the third week from nighttime/early morning until late evening:
- 5:30 AM: 67°F (19°C), coldest time
- 12:00 PM: 76°F (25°C), pleasant/warm
- 2:45 PM: 79°F (26°C), warmest time
- 6:30 PM: 76°F (25°C), pleasant/warm
- 10:00 PM: 71°F (22°C), still pleasant
The afternoons get hotter in the third week of June. I like to go swimming in the afternoon when it’s hot.
The daily temperature progression increases by an average of 12°F, from 67°F (19°C) to 79°F (26°C) from very early in the morning until the afternoon.
Weather Details | Fourth Week
The fourth week of June is increasingly warm as we get closer to July in New York. It’s a good time to make the most of early sunrises and do outdoor activities early, then take a break inside during the afternoons and go to museums or shopping.
It’s another great time to visit iconic attractions like Top of the Rock or the Empire State Building. Just keep in mind that the conditions in the lobby of the Empire State Building and the first lines can be excruciating there when the temperatures are higher during this last week of the month. However, it’s fine on the upper floors.
Evenings have long daylight hours and are good for going out to eat or to bars and nightclubs.
The fourth week of June is usually hot in the afternoons. I always wear sunscreen for daytime outings and try to get in my outdoor workouts early in the morning or in the evenings.
The average high temperature ranges between 79°F (26°C) and 81°F (27°C) during the second week of June in NYC and the average low falls between 67°F (19°C) and 69°F (21°C).
During the third week of June, the daylight hours reach their peak. It’s a great time to get outside and enjoy the city in the mornings and evenings. The sun rises at 5:25 am on June 22 and at 5:27 am on June 28.
The sun sets at 8:30 pm on June 22 and at 8:31 pm on June 28.
There is an average of one day of rain in the fourth week of June. It is usually hot and humid by this time of year, and I try to avoid doing a lot of outdoor activities like biking or running in the afternoons.
The temperature progression on a day in the fourth week of the month, typically looks like this:
- 5:30 AM: 68°F (20°C), coldest time
- 12:00 PM: 78°F (26°C), warm
- 2:45 PM: 80°F (27°C), hottest time
- 6:30 PM: 78°F (26°C), warm
- 10:00 PM: 73°F (23°C), still pleasant
The fourth week of June is the hottest, with most days being hot in the late afternoons and temps reaching 80°F. Temperatures cool down at night but are still warm, which is great for walking around. Typically, you can leave your light jacket at home during this week.
I like to stay in the shade and do indoor activities in the afternoons in late June and go for runs in the early mornings, around sunrise. However, it’s still not too hot or even unbearable for all kinds of explorations in the city.
The daily temperature progression increases by an average of 12°F, from 68°F (20°C) to 80°F (27°C).
Outfits / What to Pack
In June, you wear light, breathable clothes. Pack jeans, shorts, a light jacket, tank tops, and walking shoes. The first half of the month is cooler, so you may need a jacket.
As nights can still be cooler at any time, a jacket is perfect for nighttime excursions.
💡 For a complete guide on what to wear in the month of June in the Big Apple, see our article on What to Wear in New York City in June.
Bring a dress or skirt for women and a button-down shirt for men if you’re going to upscale events like Broadway shows or lounges. Avoid sandals for formal events.
It rains occasionally in June, so pack rain gear and light layers.
Tank tops and shorts are appropriate by late June. Summer dresses work too. Wear biker shorts or similar shorts under dresses and skirts because the subway has a lot of stairs and people may be able to see up your skirt if you don’t.
Bring comfortable shoes because New York City is best explored on foot and by subway. You will be walking more than you think!
Make sure you “break in” your sneakers and walk in them regularly for at least a week before your trip so you know they’re comfortable. Also, pack light rain boots or water-resistant shoes for a rainy day.
The Best Things to Do in June
Aside from visiting world-class museums, and iconic attractions, there are many underrated and unusual things to do in New York City during this month. It took us days to put together a list of the best popular must-do things, as well as some really unique and unusual activities.
Make sure to read our insider tips for each tip:
Go Roller Skating
- Cost: $17-$23
- Best Time: June (also great in July and August)
- Google Maps Location: Wollman Rink
Enjoy some outdoor fun at one of NYC’s outdoor roller skating rinks in June. DiscOasis offers roller skating, music, dancing, and good vibes at Wollman Rink in Central Park. If you already have skates and want to go on your own, you can skate on the Central Park Loop circling the park for free.
Tip: Get evening tickets to beat the summer heat.
Visit Brooklyn Bridge Park
- Cost: Free
- Best Time: Great in June. Otherwise between May and October
- Google Maps Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park
See the best Manhattan skyline views and the Brooklyn Bridge for free from Brooklyn Bridge Park in June. This waterfront park in Dumbo, Brooklyn, is just one stop from Manhattan on the subway and offers iconic views, lots of walking paths, restrooms, and snack options.
Tip: Go on a weekday morning to beat the crowds and get the best photos.
Take an Evening Cruise to See NYC Lit Up
- Cost: $44 per person
- Best Time: Excellent in June. Otherwise from May to September
- Google Maps: Location
New York City comes to life at night in the summer, and you can see the whole city lit up on a nighttime cruise during June. Grab your travel partners and enjoy drinks on board as you snap shots of the city’s best nighttime views. We’ve gone on summertime evening cruises in NYC and love the brilliant sunset views of the skyline and the fun atmosphere.
Tip: Try Circle Line Harbor Lights Cruise Skip-the-Box-Office for an unforgettable boat tour to see NYC’s most iconic landmarks lit up at night, including the Statue of Liberty, Freedom Tower – One World Trade Center, the Empire State Building, and more.
Kayaking on the Hudson River
- Cost: Free
- Google Maps Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2
- Best Time: June, July, and August
Paddling on the Hudson River offers an entirely different perspective of Manhattan. It’s a unique way to explore the city’s skyline, bridges, and waterside parks.
The best part? It’s completely free! NYC Parks hosts free kayaking events all summer in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. Check out Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse for the best city views from start to finish. The parks provide kayaks, paddles, and life jackets, and no prior experience is required.
Brooklyn Bridge Park is the most scenic location for kayaking! You’ll get incredible views – and photos – of the NYC skyline from the waterways and enjoy a fun summer workout. Just show up, sign a waiver, and hit the water.
Note: This tip is based on last year’s events but it should still apply.
Tip: Wear water-resistant clothing and bring a towel, sunscreen, and a change of clothes.
Explore the Abandoned City Hall Station
- Cost: Free
- Best Time: Sundays are generally the least crowded on the subway
- Google Maps: Location
Did you know that New York City has an abandoned subway station that’s been closed to the public for over 70 years? The City Hall Station is a hidden gem that’s worth exploring. The station’s architecture is impressive, with vaulted tile ceilings, arched windows, and brass chandeliers.
It’s free to see it by taking the subway. You can only see the City Hall Station by taking the 6 train to its final stop and staying on the train as it makes its turnaround. When the train makes its last stop at the Brooklyn/Bridge City Hall Station, the conductor will say to exit the train.
If you duck down and stay on the train, you will pass through the abandoned subway station as the train turns around.
Tip: For a more in-depth tour of the abandoned station on foot, the NYC Transit Museum offers private tours to museum members. Tickets are $50 and sell out quickly. You can find out more here.
Take a Helicopter Tour of the City
- Cost: $180 per seat to $329 per seat
- Best Time: June is great. Otherwise every warm and mild month from May to October.
- Google Maps: Manhattan Helicopters Location
Seeing the city from the sky is an unforgettable experience, and taking a helicopter tour is an excellent way to do it. You’ll get to see the city’s landmarks from a new perspective, including the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, and the Empire State Building. Try Manhatten Island Helicopter for breathtaking aerial views of the city. Book your tour in advance and before the end of your trip in case you need to reschedule due to weather conditions.
Tip: Bring a camera or your smartphone with enough free space to capture the views.
Visit SUMMIT One Vanderbilt
- Cost: $39 for general tickets, $73 for VIP experience
- Best Time: Early morning or one hour before sunset for the best views
- Google Maps: SUMMIT ONE Vanderbilt Location
The SUMMIT One Vanderbilt is the newest observation deck in New York City, and it offers breathtaking views of the city skyline. The experience is immersive and takes you on a journey through experiential art and views of New York City. The multi-floor exhibits include 30,375 square feet of mirrors and mind-bending art by Kenzo Digital.
Tip: Visit during the late afternoon for the best lighting and views of the sunset.
Visit Edge Observation Deck
- Cost: $40-$58
- Best Time: Mornings year-round
- Google Maps: Edge Location
The Edge Observation Deck is the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere, and it offers unobstructed 360-degree views of the city. The experience is exhilarating, with a glass floor and angled glass walls that give the illusion of floating above the city. You can see all the iconic landmarks in NYC from the observation deck, including the Statue of Liberty and Central Park.
Tip: Visit in the morning hours to avoid the crowds and get a more intimate experience.
Watch a Movie Outdoors
- Cost: Free
- Best Time: June, July, and August evenings
- Google Maps Location:
There’s something special about watching a movie under the stars, and NYC has several outdoor movie screenings during the summer. Some of the most popular locations include Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan, McCarren Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and the Intrepid Museum on the West Side in Manhattan.
Note: Check for new movies for this year here: https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/free_summer_movies
Tip: Bring a blanket, snacks, and insect repellent.
Picnic in Central Park
- Tip: Arrive early and go on a weekday to get a great spot.
- Cost: Free
- Best Time: Great in June. Otherwise from April to September
- Google Maps: Location Central Park
Central Park is the heart of New York City and a perfect spot for a picnic. You can enjoy the park’s beautiful scenery, people-watch, and even catch some live music or theatre performances. The park’s Great Lawn is an ideal spot for a picnic, and there are several vendors selling food and drinks nearby. You can easily get to the Great Lawn by entering the park at the West 81st Street entrance across from the Museum of Natural History.
Visit the High Line
- Cost: Free
- Best Time: Great in June. Otherwise between May and September
- Google Maps Location: The High Line – Location
The High Line is a public park built on an abandoned elevated rail line on Manhattan’s west side. The park’s elevated walkway offers unique views of the city and features beautiful gardens, public art, and plenty of seating. End your High Line walk with a visit to historic Chelsea Market for window shopping or some tasty local eats.
Go on a Queens Food Tour
- Cost: $95-$150, depending on the tour you choose
- Best Time: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
- Google Maps Location: Flushing
Queens is known for its diverse culinary scene, and taking a food tour is an excellent way to sample the best of it. Food tours will take you to some of the neighborhood’s hidden gems, where you can try everything from dumplings to Colombian empanadas.
Culinary Backstreet Walks offers delectable food tours covering different parts of Queens – you can pick your cuisine, with options including southeast Asia and Latin America.
Tip: Try the Flushing Food Tour for an inside look at NYC’s largest Chinatown.
Stargaze at the Hayden Planetarium
- Cost: $16 per child, $22 for students and seniors, and $28 for non-resident adults
- Best Time: Year-round
- Google Maps: Hayden Planetarium Location
The Hayden Planetarium is one of the best places in the city to stargaze. The planetarium is located in the Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The planetarium’s “Dark Universe” show takes you on a journey through the universe, and its Space Show presents the latest in space exploration.
Tip: Reserve your tickets in advance.
Empire State Building
- Cost: $38-$79
- Best Time: Early mornings between 8 and 10 am or nighttime after 10 pm for the best views
- Google Maps: Empire State Building Location
The Empire State Building is an iconic New York City landmark and offers incredible views of the city from its observation deck. The building’s Art Deco architecture and history make it a must-visit attraction.
Tip: Purchase the VIP pass for a more exclusive experience, skip the lines, and gain access to additional exhibits.
Statue of Liberty
- Cost: $12 – $25
- Best Time: Great in June! Otherwise in the mornings from May to October
- Google Maps: Statue of Liberty Location
The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom and an essential part of New York City’s history. Visitors can take a ferry to Liberty Island and explore the statue’s pedestal, museum, and observation deck.
Tip: Reserved tickets go fast so book well in advance of your trip. General Admission tickets are the most widely available and include entry to both the Statue of Liberty Museum and the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.
Ellis Island Tour
- Cost: $12 – $25
- Best Time: Great during June in the mornings. Otherwise from May to October
- Google Maps: Ellis Island Location
The Ellis Island Tour takes visitors on a journey through the history of immigration in the United States. The tour includes a visit to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, where you can learn about the experiences of immigrants who came to America in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Tip: Plan your Statue of Liberty tour to include a visit to Ellis Island. General Admission tickets include your ferry to see the Statue of Liberty and entry to both the Statue of Liberty Museum and the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.
Museum of Ice Cream
- Cost: $25-$49
- Best Time: Weekday mornings year-round
- Google Maps: Museum of Ice Cream Location
The Museum of Ice Cream is a fun and interactive experience that’s perfect for all ages. The museum features several rooms that celebrate ice cream and other sweets, with interactive exhibits and samples along the way. It’s the perfect place to capture colorful social media photos and videos for souvenirs of your trip.
Tip: Book tickets in advance, and bring a change of clothes as some of the exhibits are interactive and may get messy. Book a daytime ticket to save 30 percent off for visits before 12:30 pm.
NYC: Lower East Side Food Tastings and Culture Tour
- Cost: $70-90
- Best Time: Great in June. Otherwise between May and October
- Google Maps Location: Lower East Side
Take a Lower East Side Food Tastings and Culture Tour to learn about the vibrant history and culture in downtown Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Taste quintessential New York pizza and learn about the eclectic mix of immigrants who settled in the area. The three-hour tour hits the diverse neighborhoods of Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Lower East Side.
Tip: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.
- Cost: Free
- Best Time: Excellent in June. Otherwise great from May to August
- Google Maps: Coney Island Location
Coney Island is a uniquely Brooklyn place where you can stroll on the boardwalk, lounge on the beach, or enjoy some local eats from favorite spots like Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs.
Tip: Ride the iconic Dino’s Wonder Wheel, a vintage ferris wheel that offers beautiful views of the boardwalk and beach from 150 feet in the air.