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The Weather in New York in January

Updated: April 17, 2024

This post summarizes the January weather in New York City, with tips on what to wear, as well as things to do. 

As local tour guides, we know that January can be very cold and have sometimes miserable weather.

And I am not just a tour guide. I'm also a retired meteorologist who has found a new way to put my experiences to work.


Well, it's mostly winter-like with daily afternoon high temperatures mostly in the upper 30's f to near 40 f (3-5 c).

However, 2-3 days will still likely produce highs reaching into the low to mid-50s (11-12 c).

Overnight and early morning low temperatures tend to be in the mid to upper 20's f (-2 to -3 c).

However, a few of the colder mornings will likely see temperatures dipping down into the mid to lower teens (-9 to -12 c). 

The highest temperature recorded this month in NYC was 72 f (22 c) while the coldest, -6 f (-21 c).

About 17 days this month will see sunny or at least partly sunny skies. 


Though January is typically the coldest month of the year in New York City, there are usually a number of sunny days.

It tends to rain or snow about half of the time, so be sure to always have an umbrella and rain boots on hand!  

Does it Snow in January in NYC?

Precipitation normally falls on about 10 days with about 4 of these recording some snow.

Of the snow days, about 2 days this month normally see snowfalls of 1 inch (2.5 cm) or more with 1 day receiving 3 inches (7.6 cm) or more. 

Check out our full post for predicting when it will snow in NYC this winter.

Seasonal Outlook - December to February

There is a 73 % chance for normal to above-normal temperatures with near-normal rainfall.

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What to Wear in New York in January

New York City tends to be windy in January.

Layering your clothing will leave you feeling warm while outdoors, with the option to remove the layers while indoors.

We've made a list below of what to pack for your trip to New York in January:

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1. Winter Jacket

Winter in New York City requires at least one warm winter jacket or coat.

If you plan on being outdoors sightseeing, a waterproof jacket will go a long way in keeping you dry in case of rain, sleet, or snow conditions.

A coat like this down parka coat by BGSD will keep you warm and dry. Pair with a hat, gloves, and a scarf!

2. Layers

You may even want to invest in a few pairs of thermal tops and bottoms to wear underneath your clothing, especially if you live in a warmer climate and are not used to the colder weather.

These by ViCherub are great for wearing underpants and sweaters.

Long, warm pants are recommended, and if you wear a skirt we recommend pairing them with thick stockings.

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3. Warm Footwear

Warm, waterproof boots or shoes will keep your feet warm and dry. 

If you decide to wear fashion over comfort on a sunny day, be sure to wear thick socks to keep your feet warm.

Things to Do in January

Below is just a small sampling so be sure to read our full post on things to do in NYC in January

There are plenty of great things to do in New York City in January.

The tourist crowds are gone, prices are a bit lower and there's still a festive feel about the city. 

Check out our extensive post on things to do year-round in New York.

If you are planning on visiting many of NYC's top attractions, then you should consider a tourist concession pass.

These passes could save up to 50% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants.

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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: April 17th, 2024
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