This post is an overview of the weather during January in Paris, including average temperatures and how much rain or sun you might expect.
HOW COLD IS PARIS DURING JANUARY?
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.
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).
HOW MUCH RAIN OR SUN?
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.
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.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR IN JANUARY?
January is cold so dress for winter with a winter coat, warm hats, gloves and at least one scarf.
A good pair of boots plus some good waking shoes would also be recommended. Also, an umbrella or raincoat will also come in handy.
WHAT TO DO IN PARIS
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.
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- See a big concert.
- Attend a basketball or handball game.
- Be a spectator for the European Pastry Cup.
- Use a city pass to save money.
- Admire concept cars at the International Automobile Festival.
- Enjoy the theatre or cabaret.
- Take a food tour.
- Watch the New Year's Day parade.
- Explore the Montmartre neighborhood with a tour.
- Go ice skating at a fun outdoor rink.
To find more detail on things to do this January in Paris, read our full post!
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