Averages for New York in January
January is usually the coldest month of the year for New York, USA. During this month, the average temperature for the city starts off at 1.5°C, created by highs of 5°C during the daytime and lows of -2°C after dark, and drops down to -0.5°C, made up of highs of 3°C during the daytime and lows of -4°C after dark, making the first week in January the best time to go if you want the weathe...
January is usually the coldest month of the year for New York, USA. During this month, the average temperature for the city starts off at 1.5°C, created by highs of 5°C during the daytime and lows of -2°C after dark, and drops down to -0.5°C, made up of highs of 3°C during the daytime and lows of -4°C after dark, making the first week in January the best time to go if you want the weather to be at its warmest.
Although it only happens on an average of 10% of days, temperatures have been known to rise above 12°C and drop below -12°C in New York in January. The hottest temperature ever registered within the city at this time of year is 22°C, whilst the coldest temperature ever recorded in the city during this month is -18°C.
Since January is when temperatures are at their lowest, this month is only suitable for travellers who don't mind the biting cold. If you plan on travelling to New York at this time of year, make sure you wrap up warm and take thick coats, scarves, hats and gloves with you to make sure you're comfortable. On the other hand, if you hate the cold and want to visit New York when temperatures are at their highest, forget about January and plan your holiday for July, which is usually the hottest month of the year for the city.
Over the course of January, New York receives an average of 85mm/3 inches of rainfall divided between ten rainy days and eight snowy days. With some form of precipitation occurring on so many days across the year, there is a very good chance you'll experience a rain or snow shower during your holiday, so be prepared. The likelihood of precipitation making an appearance in New York in January starts off at 47% on January 1st, drops down to 45% by January 21st and rises up to 46% by January 31st. The probability of snowfall making an appearance in the city at this time of year starts off at 23% on January 1st and rises up to 25% by January 11th and 26% by January 28th, making the end of the month the best time to go if you want to enjoy the snow.
The most common types of precipitation you can expect to experience in New York in January are light snow (which falls on 36% of days with rainfall), light rain (23%), moderate rain (15%) and moderate snow (13%).
Across the month, New York enjoys an average of six hours of daily sunshine, along with median cloud coverage which fluctuates between 78% at the beginning of the month and 73% by the end. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 33% of the time, partly cloudy 11% and mostly cloudy/overcast 48%.
The relative humidity for New York in January typically falls between 46% (comfortable) and 81% (humid), rarely dropping below 30% (dry) or reaching 100% (very humid). The air tends to be at its driest around January 31st, when the relative humidity falls below 55% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst its usually at its most humid around January 7th, when it rises above 69% (mildly humid) three days out of four.
January can be quite a windy time for New York. During this month, average wind speeds fluctuate between 0 m/s (calm) and 7 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely going above 11 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around January 17th, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s occurs around January 1st, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s.
Where to stay
The Bentley Hotel is one of the best-rated hotels in the city. Located just outside the epicentre of New York, a short walk away from Central Park, shopping malls and eateries, this hotel is close enough for you to enjoy all the action whilst being far enough away for you to enjoy a good night's sleep. Accommodation is provided in the form of 197 guest rooms, superior rooms, deluxe rooms and one-bedroom suites, each of which features marble bathrooms with designer toiletries and views of the East River. Onsite services and facilities include lobby bar open from 6.30am until midnight, fitness centre and WiFi access, with plenty of cafes, bars, restaurants, shops, boutiques and entertainment venues within walking distance.
NYLO New York City is a stylish boutique hotel ideally situated for accessing Manhattan's business and leisure districts and New York's best neighbourhoods, where you'll find loads of shopping malls, parks, bars, restaurants and night clubs. Guests can choose between standard, superior, deluxe, king and panoramic rooms, suites, lofts and penthouses, each of which comes complete with WiFi access, free coffee and water, private balcony and flat-screen TV. Onsite services and amenities include 1920s-inspired LOCL Bar, Redfarm Chinese restaurant, Serafina Italian restaurant, fitness centre and tennis courts, with many more eateries, shops and attractions nearby.
Theatre lovers should consider staying at Ameritania Hotel. Situated in the heart of New York's theatre district, close to many theatres, shopping malls and entertainment venues, this hotel is decked out with eye-catching décor, bright colours and modern designs. Accommodation is provided in the form of 223 guest rooms, each of which features air conditioning, blackout curtains, high-speed WiFi access and luxury bedding. Onsite you'll find gym, tennis court and bar-lounge, with many more bars, restaurants and nightclubs just a short walk away. Because of its limited facilities, the room rates for the Ameritania Hotel are some of the most affordable when it comes to accommodation at Times Square.
Holidaymakers who want a hotel loaded with services and facilities should think about staying at Skyline Hotel. Situated in Midtown Manhattan, this hotel offers discounted parking, state-of-the-art fitness centre and rooftop heated swimming pool which boasts the best views of the New York skyline. Other facilities and services within the hotel include Meemo Tapas Sports Bar & Restaurant and tennis court, with more sports centres, bars, eateries and shopping districts within walking distance. Guests can choose between 232 twin, superior, king deluxe, executive king and deluxe queen rooms as well as junior suites, each of which comes with WiFi access, mini fridges and complimentary environmentally-friendly toiletries.
Eating and drinking out
Foodies won't want to miss the chance to dine at Juni – one of the most highly-reviewed New York restaurants on TripAdvisor. Situated within the Gramercy neighbourhood, this restaurant is open for lunch Monday to Friday from midday to 2.30pm and for dinner Monday to Thursday from 5.30pm to 10pm and Saturday to Sunday from 5.30pm to 10.30pm. This sophisticated restaurant prides itself on using only the freshest locally-sourced ingredients, which is why the menu changes according to the season. There is a standard a la carte menu available, plus six-course and ten-course tasting menus which showcase the best dishes that the restaurant has to offer. There is a huge wine list available with more than 200 red, white, rose, sparkling wine and champagne to choose from to complement the food.
For a casual meal, pop into Fiacco's Pork Store. Open Tuesday to Friday from 8.30pm-6pm, Saturday 8am-6pm and Sunday 9am-2pm, this shop-restaurant specialises in Italian cuisine, including handmade sausage links, fresh cheese, aubergine appetisers, olives, fresh pesto, broccoli rabe and eggplant parmesan. When you enter the establishment, you'll need to grab a ticket and wait until your number is called before placing your order. You can choose to have your food freshly prepared for you there and then or take it back to your hotel raw and cook it for yourself if you have the facilities.
When it comes to excellent steakhouses in New York, it doesn't get much better than Club A Steakhouse. Situated on the border of Midtown and Upper East Side, this eatery combines modern sophistication with old world elegance to create a traditional steakhouse atmosphere with innovative cuisine. Open Monday to Wednesday 5pm-10pm and Thursday to Saturday 5pm-11pm, this restaurant offers a menu loaded with every kind of steak you can imagine, all of which are served up on a sizzling platter. To complement the steaks, there is a vast assortment of starters and side dishes available, plus a small selection of freshly-made desserts. Despite the high prices compared to other types of restaurant, Club A Steakhouse is a lot more affordable than many other steakhouses in New York.
Things to do
Finding a prime spot to admire the Manhattan skyline is a must-do during your holiday in the city. You can take in the view from several buildings in the New York financial district, including the Empire State Building, Top of the Rock and the View – the only rooftop rotating restaurant in New York City. For an alternative view, you can sign up for one of the many sailing excursions which pass along Manhattan's banks, take a trip to Governors Island from where you can see the Statue of Liberty face-on or take a helicopter ride and soak up the view from all angles.
For a cultural experience, pop into the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Open 10am-5.30pm Sunday to Thursday and 10am-9pm on Friday and Saturday, this art gallery is the largest museum in the USA and features a permanent collection with more than two million pieces divided between 17 departments. The main building is located close to Central Park, whilst the second smaller building is situated in Upper Manhattan and features a collection of Medieval art. The permanent collection includes pieces from ancient Egypt, classical antiquity, sculptures and paintings from almost all European masters, modern art and an extensive range of American art.
A trip to New York isn't complete without spending a day at Central Park – even if it is winter! This park spans 843 acres and is the most-visited urban park in the USA today. Here you'll find wide expanses of grass, trees, walking trails, cycling trails, water fountains, monuments, sculptures, arches, bridges and playgrounds. Although the weather in January might be a bit too cold to enjoy many of the activities Central Park offers, there are still plenty of things you can do in the park in winter, including ice skating at the Lasker or Wollman rink, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, animal tracking with the urban park rangers or shopping at the Pride of New York Winter Market.