While the rest of the country has been in the thick of fall for a month or more, November is the first real taste of fall weather for New Orleans. High temperatures are still on the higher side in the upper 70s to start the month, but they drop to the upper 60s by the end of it. Lows range from the upper to low 50s. Long sleeves and jacket weather is finally here, and that includes during the day by the end of the month, so pack accordingly.
November is one of the cloudier months, with cloud cover ranging from overcast to mostly cloudy almost 40% of the time. Precipitation hovers around 30% to 40%, usually light to moderate, so more often than not, you’ll get to enjoy the cooler weather without too much rain. Humidity stays high, in the range of mildly to very humid.
November is a great time to try out New Orleans’ endless number of restaurants. Uptown you can sample barbecue shrimp from the restaurant that invented the dish at Pascal’s Manale or try classic Creole fare from the local landmark Commander’s Palace. After a visit to City Park, you can grab a bite at Ralph’s on the Park or Ralph Brennan’s Café NOMA, located in the New Orleans Museum of Art. Then of course, you can take your pick in the French Quarter, ranging from a historic gem like Arnaud’s Restaurant to the hip, modern food and cocktail vibe at SoBou.
Besides local restaurants and the Thanksgiving holiday, November is a great time for other opportunities to explore New Orleans cuisine as the city celebrates with Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival in Louis Armstrong Park and Oak Street Po-Boy Festival Uptown.
Summary: It’s getting cooler, but it’s not cold yet, so come prepared in typical fall garb with a jacket at night. And get here hungry!