What’s the Weather in Paris in January?

This post is an overview of the weather during January in Paris, including average temperatures and how much rain or sun you might expect. 



January in Paris tends to be cold and mostly cloudy, however, there will still be several days that are sunny or at least partly sunny.


Average Temperatures in Paris in January


Daytime high temperatures will generally be in the low to mid-40s F (5 to 7C) with a few warmer days reaching up into the low to mid-50s F (11-12C).  The record high temperature in Paris during January is 59 F (15C).

Late night and early morning low temperatures tend to average in the low to mid-30s F (-1 to +2C) with a few of the colder mornings dipping down into the mid-20s F (-3 to -4C).  The record low temperature in Paris during January is 1 F (-17C).


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During January the skies tend to be cloudy (21-22 days), however, there will usually be about 9-10 days with sunny or at least partly sunny conditions.  Precipitation occurs on about 15 days this month, however, only 8-9 of these will record at least 1 mm (0.04 inches). Snowfall is rare in Paris, however, some snow or ice accumulations occur about one day every other year. 


Weather Calendar Paris January


January tends to also be breezy with winds averaging mostly 7-15 mph (11-24 mph) occasionally up to 20 mph (32 mph). 

Daylight hours increase this month from about 8.3 hours early in the month to about 9.4 hours near the end of the month. 


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January is cold so dress for winter with a winter coat, warm hats, gloves and at least one scarf.


What to Wear in Paris in January (1)


A good pair of boots plus some good waking shoes would also be recommended.  Also, an umbrella or raincoat will also come in handy.


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This section lists our suggestions for things to do in January this month.

For more detail on these free things to do, family-friendly activities, and evening entertainment and events, read our full post for the best Paris activities year-round.



TIP: When you purchase a tourist discount pass, you can see more while saving up to 55% of retail prices on the most popular attractions. 

To find more detail on things to do this January in Paris, read our full post! 


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Fred Pickhardt
Ocean Weather Services

About the author

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.

Christina studied art history and French literature at the Sorbonne for a year in Paris as an undergrad. Now based in Washington, DC, she visits Paris as often as possible and loves introducing family and friends to her favorite places there. She has worked as a travel writer, museum professional, English tutor, and editor, and her favorite French cheese is Pont l'Eveque.