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September may be the beginning of fall for other parts of the country, but in New Orleans, the summer heat remains. Temperatures do drop slowly from the low 90s to the mid 80s as the month progresses, which means lows start around the mid 70s at the beginning of the month and dip to the upper 60s by September’s end. Clothing for warm weather is still necessary throughout the month, but if you’re traveling in late September, consider bringing a light jacket for evening outings.
Skies remain clear or mostly clear for most of the month, and chances for precipitation decrease as compared to the summer months. You can still expect rain chances to hover around 30% to 40% of the time. Humidity remains high, ranging from mildly humid to humid most days, which leaves the air a bit muggy.
With the temperatures getting gradually cooler throughout the month, evenings become an exceptionally great time for strolling through the city, especially the French Quarter. After grabbing a bite at any of the Quarter’s renowned restaurants, such as Court of Two Sisters, Brennan’s, or Tujague’s, admire the historical architecture block by block or head to Woldenberg Park to walk along the Mississippi River.
September kicks off fall festival season in New Orleans and includes a variety of options, such as Louisiana Seafood Festival, New Orleans Burlesque Festival, and NOLA On Tap Beerfest. If you’re looking to sample some of the city’s most high-end restaurants, you’ll love We Live to Eat Restaurant Week, when many of these restaurants offer deeply discounted prix-fixe gourmet meals for lunch and/or dinner.
Summary: September is still warm, so dress accordingly, but the evenings begin to cool down, so take advantage of the nice weather with an evening stroll after a delicious meal.