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How is the Weather in Barcelona During January

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January in Barcelona is cold, but quite sunny. January is an ideal month to visit Barcelona as temperatures are milder than most of northern Europe and the city's attractions are less crowded.


Temperature

Daytime high temperatures will most likely be near 13-14 C  (56-57 F) with a few of the warmer days making it up near 16-17 C (low 60s F). 

The record high temperature in Barcelona during January is 19 C (66F).

Late night and early morning low temperatures will likely be around 4-5 C (lower 40s F) with a few of the colder mornings dipping down to near 1 C (33-34 F) with 2 mornings, on average reaching 0 C (32 F) or less.

The record low temperature in Barcelona during January is -7 C (19F).


Clouds and Rain

You can expect about 17-18 days this month with sunny or at least partly sunny skies.  About 5 days record some rainfall, but rain amounts tend to be light. 

Snow normally does not fall in Barcelona, however, it can occur on rare occasions in the inland hilly areas around the city.


Daylight 

You can expect about 9.25 hours of daylight on New Year’s Eve increasing to just over 10 hours by the 31st.


Windspeed

During January, the wind speed in Barcelona tends to be light, averaging 4-12 mph (6-19 kph) but occasionally can be moderate at 13-18 mph (20-28 kph).


Ocean Temps

January is not the best time to be at the beach as the average water temperatures will be around 13-14 C (56-57F).


What to wear in Barcelona During January? 

January is cold so bring along clothes suitable for early Winter.

We recommend long-sleeved shirts and tops, as well as a couple of sweaters plus a warm coat or jacket.  Add a scarf or two and don’t forget some comfortable walking shoes.


Things to Do in Barcelona in January

Although it can get cold this time of year, you might still want to consider taking a pay-what-you-wish walking tour in Barcelona.

Football fans will be happy to know that FC Barcelona usually plays at least a few matches at home this month. Even if you miss a game, you can typically take a tour of Camp Nou Football Stadium throughout January.

If you're looking to stay warm indoors, consider going to see some authentic Flamenco dancing at one of the local venues.

There will be two parades this month: The Three Kings Parade on January 5th and the Tres Tombs Parade in the Sant Antoni neighborhood on the first Saturday after St. Anthony's Day (January 17th).

For more fun ideas, make sure to read our full post covering things to do in Barcelona in January.


About The Author

Fred Pickhardt

Fred is a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. He has extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, and forensic weather event reconstructions. Fred founded Ocean Weather Services and currently provides forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
Updated: November 23rd, 2021
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