Averages for Cornwall in January

While January is the heart of winter in Cornwall, temperatures rarely get below the freezing mark. However, that doesn't mean that visitors can leave the jackets at home as the wind blowing off the sea can make it feel much colder than the actual temperature. Clouds and rain are likely during this time of the year, so it is wise to check an extended forecast before leaving home to make sure the right clothing is packed.

This is also one of the wettest times of year with an average of ...

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  • Temperature Temperature 6°C 43°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 8°C 46°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 4°C 39°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 2 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 110 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 25 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 10°C 50°F

While January is the heart of winter in Cornwall, temperatures rarely get below the freezing mark. However, that doesn't mean that visitors can leave the jackets at home as the wind blowing off the sea can make it feel much colder than the actual temperature. Clouds and rain are likely during this time of the year, so it is wise to check an extended forecast before leaving home to make sure the right clothing is packed.

This is also one of the wettest times of year with an average of 110mm of precipitation. Because temperatures are likely to stay above freezing, there is little chance of seeing the rain turn into snow. However, the rain falls over an average of 25 days out of the month. As a result, it is a good idea to pack plenty of rain gear and plan for some indoor activities. Much of this precipitation comes from showers and thunderstorms associated with frontal systems moving from the west to the east across the Atlantic Ocean.

With the rain and an 80 percent chance of experiencing a windy day, temperatures don't get too much of a chance to warm up throughout the daytime hours. In fact, the average daily high temperature only reaches 8°C (46°F). Meanwhile, temperatures will bottom out with an average overnight low of 4°C (39°F). Overall, the average daily temperature is a cool 6°C (43°F). Additionally, there is not much of a chance of the sun helping to warm things up as the area only experiences an average of 2 hours of sunshine per day.

Meanwhile, this is not the best time of the year to visit the local beaches as water temperatures are too cold to enjoy. The average surface temperature for this time of the year is a chilly 10°C (50°F).

Where to Stay

The adult-only Scarlet Hotel is one of the finest in the region and offers a great escape for couples or a group of friends. The hotel offers numerous spots to rest and relax both inside and out. Guests can choose to enjoy the retreat lounge, reception lounge, indoor pool, spa, light or deep relaxation rooms, bar, restaurant, and library. Each room offers a minimalist, but elegant design. Rooms also feature outstanding views and come in a number of shapes and sizes to fit any need.

Those looking for a luxurious January break will want to check into The Royal Duchy Hotel. With just 43 rooms, the hotel oozes luxury in just about every way possible and offers an award winning restaurant, champagne bar, cocktail bar, indoor pool with a children's pool, sauna, children's play area, free WiFi and 24-hour room service. The perfect hotel for both couples and families, there is daily entertainment for all ages and plenty of local attractions nearby.

For guests needing a place to stay that is within easy walking distance of numerous sites, look no further than the Anacapri Guest House. Guests will enjoy rooms that overlook the sea and the nearby beach as well as en-suite facilities, TV and more. There are also numerous different sized rooms available at a wide array of prices to fit all budgets. The hotel also offers a bar, free WiFi, lounge, and breakfast.

What to Do

A trip to Cornwall in January is not complete without getting there early enough to take advantage of the New Year's Eve celebrations. The area is becoming quite well known for its monster celebrations each and every year. Some of the more popular celebrations take place in St. Ives with a huge fireworks display. The city of Looe also puts on a dramatic fireworks display and offers numerous formal parities to attend.

Because this time of the year is wet, windy and cold it is a good idea to spend some time indoors. One of the more popular museums in the region is the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden. Located in St. Ives, the museum has been open since 1980 and is home to a number of her works that are on permanent display. If the weather is nice enough, be sure to schedule some time to stroll among the garden as well.  

Restaurants and Nightlife

If you are looking for a great breakfast on a cold January morning, then Ocean's Café is the place to be. With delicious food, friendly staff and a very warm and welcoming atmosphere, there is a lot to like about this small restaurant. Additionally, it is the perfect place for those who come in with large groups as the restaurant is very accommodating and the prices won't break the bank.

With a mixture of both Australian and Cornish favorites, Bush Pepper is one restaurant not to be missed. This quirky restaurant features the finest in local ingredients and offers both vegetarian and meat dishes. Some of the favorites on the menu include seafood risotto, rump steak and calamari. For something different, it even offers spiced kangaroo loin.

Those looking for somewhere different to wind down the day will enjoy Beerwolf Books Freehouse. This unique mixture of a pub and bookstore offers guests a great place to sit and unwind while enjoying a wide selection of beers and books!  With a fun, yet relaxed atmosphere guests are also able to enjoy a game of table football or take advantage of the pinball machines. 

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