high season: February to May, October to November
low season: June to September
shoulder season: December to January
Weather InformationNew Orleans has a subtropical climate, with milder weather at the beginning and end of the year. Winters bring cool temperatures, averaging daily highs of about 62 degrees in January. Spring and fall are pleasant, with temperatures averaging a high of 79 degrees in April and October. Summers are hot and humid, with a daily high around 91 degrees in July. The average precipitation is 64 inches annually, with the heaviest rainfall in the summer months. Late summer and early fall are the height of the hurricane season, which begins in June and lasts until November.
Crowd InformationNew Orleans gets busy during its two most popular festivals, Mardi Gras, typically in February, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival during the last weekend in April and first weekend in May. The Sugar Bowl in January can also attract large crowds.
Closure InformationHotels, shops, and attractions remain open throughout the year, although some may close for major holidays.
When to SaveThe least expensive time to visit is in the summer, when hotels offer lower prices and offer package deals. Prices rise during major festivals, especially Mardi Gras and the Jazz Festival.
When to BookFor stays during much of the year, and particularly for special events such as Mardi Gras and the Jazz Fest, it's wise to book your flight and hotel several months in advance. However, last-minute prices and availability are easier to find during the summer slow season.
Information provided by the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau