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Best time to visit Lake Placid, NY, USA

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The best time to visit Lake Placid is March-May

If you’re looking to travel to Lake Placid for your next trip but aren’t sure when to go and when to avoid, this article is all you’ll need. The best time to visit Lake Placid is March-May due to the excellent all-round weather conditions, and it’s also not during the height of peak travel periods, so it’s not likely to be as busy.

In the summer months, temperatures tend to get to a maximum of around 26℃ (78℉). In the winter, temperatures can get down to -17℃ (2℉) around January.

The sun stays up the longest in Lake Placid in July, so you’ll get the most out of your daytime activities if you visit around this time. To stay dry, avoid travelling to Lake Placid in May – It’s the wettest month of the year.

Keep reading to learn more about the best times to go to Lake Placid, including detailed weather information and tools to help you find and book great deals on your travel.

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

September

Most daylight

July

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Lake Placid seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Lake Placid as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Lake Placid is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

Season Months
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Lake Placid

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Lake Placid for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Lake Placid climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Lake Placid for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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FEB
MAR
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JUL
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SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Lake Placid in January

  • Average temperature: -9℃ (16℉)
  • Average high temperature: -5℃ (22℉)
  • Average low temperature: -12℃ (10℉)
  • Average humidity: 91%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 63mm (2") over 6 days
  • Average snow days: 23 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lake Placid in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Lake Placid in February

  • Average temperature: -7℃ (19℉)
  • Average high temperature: -4℃ (25℉)
  • Average low temperature: -11℃ (12℉)
  • Average humidity: 91%
  • Average sunny days: 5 days
  • Average rainfall: 65mm (3") over 5 days
  • Average snow days: 23 days
5 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lake Placid in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Lake Placid in March

  • Average temperature: -3℃ (27℉)
  • Average high temperature: 1℃ (33℉)
  • Average low temperature: -7℃ (20℉)
  • Average humidity: 88%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 73mm (3") over 10 days
  • Average snow days: 21 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lake Placid in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Lake Placid in April

  • Average temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average low temperature: -1℃ (30℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 91mm (4") over 15 days
  • Average snow days: 12 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lake Placid in April, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Lake Placid in May

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 98mm (4") over 20 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lake Placid in May, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Lake Placid in June

  • Average temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (49℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 96mm (4") over 20 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lake Placid in June, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Lake Placid in July

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (65℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 63mm (2") over 20 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lake Placid in July, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Lake Placid in August

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 66mm (3") over 20 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lake Placid in August, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Lake Placid in September

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average high temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 58mm (2") over 14 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lake Placid in September, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.

Lake Placid in October

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average high temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 92mm (4") over 17 days
  • Average snow days: 5 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lake Placid in October, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Lake Placid in November

  • Average temperature: 0℃ (33℉)
  • Average high temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average low temperature: -3℃ (27℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 69mm (3") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 12 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lake Placid in November, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Lake Placid in December

  • Average temperature: -5℃ (23℉)
  • Average high temperature: -2℃ (28℉)
  • Average low temperature: -8℃ (18℉)
  • Average humidity: 88%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 74mm (3") over 9 days
  • Average snow days: 22 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lake Placid in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Lake Placid is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 24℃ (75℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Lake Placid is generally around September. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in September first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Lake Placid is generally around May, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of May too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Lake Placid, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in July are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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