New Orleans Climate and Weather

New Orleans has a humid subtropical climate with very hot and humid summers, and mild, short-lived winters. Summers in New Orleans are relatively long, with high temperatures hovering around 90F (32C) from May to September.

In winter, from December to February, temperatures average between 44F (7C) and a comfortable 62F (17C). New Orleans experiences high annual rainfall, most of it falling in mid-late summer, often as a spin-off from tropical storms.

Heavy rain during the June to September Gulf Coast hurricane season has occasionally caused flooding in the city. Snow and ice are rarities in New Orleans, but there have been incidences of light snowfall causing a 'White Christmas'.

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