How is the Weather in London in January?
This post is a summary of the January weather in London, with tips on what to wear as well as things to do. January generally means fewer crowds and shorter lines. If you will be in London at the start or end of the month, then you should also read our reports on the weather in December and February.
January in London is cool and wet but somewhat milder than many other northern European cities. Daily high temperatures tend to average in the upper 8 C – 9 C (45 F) with a few of the warmer days reaching afternoon temperatures around 12 C – 13 C (mid-50s F). Late night and early morning low temperatures will be mostly in the 3 C – 5 C (upper 30’s F to near 40 F) with the coldest temperatures this month, generally near -1 C (30 F).
Daylight at the beginning of January is about 8 hours in length but increases to about 9 hours by month’s end. About 9 days this month will be clear or at least partly sunny while the remaining days tend to be cloudy or mostly cloudy. You can expect at least a trace of precipitation on 18-19 days this month, however, only about 9-10 days have precipitation amounts of at least 1mm (0.04 inches) or more while snow falls on average, on only about 2 days during January. Wind during January averages between 5mph and about 16 mph (7 kph-25 kph) but occasionally can exceed 22 mph (36 kph).
It is best to dress in layers during the winter months in London and a winter coat a must for the colder and windier days. Don’t forget a good pair of walking shoes and an umbrella for the frequent wet days and you should also be prepared for the possibility of some snow.
Though the Christmas season has passed, there are still many fun things to do throughout the month of January. Some of our favorites include:
- Seeing Hogwarts in the Snow
- Celebrating Burns Night
- Attending the London A Capella Festival
- Click here for a full list of things to do in January