Everyone wants to know about the weather in New Orleans. It’s one of the most frequently asked questions that we receive at ExperienceNewOrleans.com via the online contact form or on the Facebook page. I don't blame you, I understand wanting to know what to wear when you visit the Big Easy and what you need to to pack.
Before I get into the details, please note that here in the south we break out the jackets and the long sleeves for the first cold snap, which is generally when the temperatures dip down into the seventies. If you’re from up north, please take that into consideration with my recommendations. You might be able to wear shorts when the temperature is in the sixties, but I’m going to wear long pants. For out of country visitors, all the temperatures mentioned below are in Fahrenheit.
The weather in late September when fall officially starts is still hot and humid here. High temperatures are summer like in September, averaging about 85 degrees. No matter who you are or where you’re from, I think that’s the kind of weather that requires shorts and short sleeves.
Through October, the high temperatures drop through the seventies. In other words, the weather is just about perfect. You can wear short sleeves and t-shirts or be comfortable wearing long pants and long sleeves. You may want to pack something warmer for the evenings. The low temperatures average in the sixties, especially later in the month.
If you’re coming here in November, be prepared for highs in the low seventies and upper sixties. In the evenings, the temperatures will be in the fifties. For me, that can mean short or long sleeves with long pants during the day. In the evenings, I’ll want a sweater, sweatshirt or light jacket. If you’re coming from somewhere where it snows, this might seem warm to you so pack appropriately.
During autumn the temperature can vary a lot, so it doesn’t hurt to over pack. Make sure to include an umbrella or a pancho. This is one of our drier times of the year, but it still rains here and there.
Of course, always check out the weather forecast before you visit. Like the rest of New Orleans, the weather here plays by its own rules.