Weather Averages for Paris in January
Averages for Paris in January
January is the coldest and wettest month of the year in Paris, France when the bleak winter season is underway. During this month, the average temperature for the city remains constant at 5°C, with almost no variation at all as January progresses. Daily highs range from 6°C at the start of the month, rising to 8°C by the end, but rarely reaching above 12°C or falling below 0°C. Daily low temperatures start off at 1°C and rise to 2°C toward the end of the month, rarely falling below -5°C or rising above 8°C.
In recent times, the highest temperature which has ever been recorded in Paris in January is 16°C, with the lowest ever recorded temperature being -12°C. Compare these temperatures to the average for the month – 5°C – and it’s easy to see they’re the extremes and aren’t what you should expect during your holiday. In 2013, the coldest day of the year was January 17th, with lows falling down to -8°C. January 2013 was the coldest month of the year overall, with an average daily low temperature of 1°C.
With an average of 18mm of rainfall divided amongst 14 days, there’s a good chance you’ll experience at least some kind of precipitation during your holiday, so make sure you come prepared and bring an umbrella or waterproof clothing with you. Moderate rain is the most common type of rainfall, followed by light rain, both of which are most likely to occur around January 1st. As the month progresses, the chance of precipitation decreases slightly from 63% on January 1st to 61% by January 30th.
Paris is subject to snowfall on an average of two days throughout January, when it is most likely to occur around the 31st. Although the overall likelihood of snow lying on the ground is very unlikely, the best chances of it occurring are around January 10th. As you would expect with a winter month, Paris experiences an average of three foggy days throughout January. In 2013, January was the cloudiest month of the year, with 87% of days being more cloudy than clear. This month is also known for the longest spell of cloudy weather of 2013, which took place between January 18th and February 3rd – that’s 17 consecutive days which were cloudier than they were clear.
At a bracing 9°C, the average sea temperature for Paris’ closest coastal location is far too cold to go swimming, even for those who consider themselves to be hardy swimmers. The average daily humidity for the month is around 84%, created by highs of 96% and lows of 70%. In 2013, the most humid month of the year was January, which had an average daily low humidity of 78%.
Paris enjoys an average of four hours of sunshine each day in January, a number which can vary greatly according to how dense the cloud is. Throughout the month, the sunshine and daylight hours both increase, with the length of the day rising one hour and two minutes between January 1st and January 31st.
Across the month, wind speeds generally vary from 2 m/s to 7 m/s, rarely exceeding 11 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s is expected around January 3rd, with the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually occurring around January 8th.
Dates for the diary
On January 1st, an incredible parade takes place along the Champs Elysees, between 11.30am and 1pm. With giant floats, colourful costumes, enthusiastic singing, lively dancing and oodles of confetti, this parade is great fun for the whole family to enjoy. More than 600 performers from over ten circuses take part each year, making the parade an incredible event you can’t miss.
Festive celebrations continue in Paris until January 5th, with a Christmas Village on the Champs Elysees. Here you’ll find more than 200 chalets selling all sorts of holiday goodies, including gifts, souvenirs, food, drink, sweets, clothes and toys. This site is also home to a hand-made Eiffel Tower which stretches 11 metres into the sky and an artisan village which is dedicated to items hand-made in France.
If you’re visiting Paris with little ones, make sure to hit Le Grand Rex Cinema at least once before January 5th. Every day up until the 5th this historic cinema shows a child-friendly Christmas film which is preceded by a spectacular water, light, music and firework show which is always a hit.
From around January 8th until February 12th, almost all the shops in Paris have huge January sales with bigger and better discounts on offer as the month progresses. You’ll find deals and offers all over the place, from small designer boutiques to the city’s huge department stores. Make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes before you hit the shops – hours of retail therapy can wreak havoc on the feet.
Between January 23rd and January 26th 2014, the International Festival of the Circus of Tomorrow is held in the Pelouse de Reuilly at the end of the Bois de Vincennes, close to the Daumesnil Lake. Since it first started in 1977, this circus has returned to Paris each year with artists from all four corners of the world who perform together in the world’s largest circus tent in front of astounded audiences. With jugglers, balancing acts, acrobats and contortionists, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this circus.
Things to do
January is a very cold time to visit Paris, when the weather tends to be wet and the temperatures low, so you’re best off planning plenty of indoor activities to enjoy during your stay. If you’re holidaying in the city with adults or older children, don’t pass up the opportunity to visit HintHunt. This challenging game is suitable for small groups of three to five people and involves many puzzles and mysteries which must be solved in one tiny room in order for the participants to escape. Visitors have only 60 minutes to work together to figure out the answers and escape the room. The rooms book up weeks in advance, so make a reservation as early as you can in order to avoid disappointment.
Art lovers won’t want to miss the chance to visit the Musée Rodin. Set inside the Hotel Biron, this monographic museum – in conjunction with the museum at Meudon – is home to the largest collection of Rodin’s sculptures, as well as a vast array of drawings, prints, paintings, ceramics and photographs. In addition to the permanent collections, Musée Rodin also features temporary exhibitions. In January 2014, the highlight of the exhibitions will be Rodin, the Light of Antiquity which will be there until February 16th. Don’t forget to stop off at the onsite gift shop where you can purchase all sorts of presents for friends and family back home before you leave.
When it comes to evening entertainment, A New Yorker in Paris is a fantastic choice. Performed every Friday and Saturday at 8pm at the SoGymnase in Bonne Nouvelle, this one-man English show focuses on Sebastian – a New Yorker living in Paris. A New Yorker in Paris details his expat stories and confusing experiences which are sure to leave you in hysterics. Not really suitable for young children, this comedy show is a must-see for anyone up for a laugh in Paris.
The Champs-Elysees is one of the most famous streets in the world and is definitely worth a visit during your stay in the city. This area is even more worthy of a visit in January, when the shops and boutiques which line the street hold their January sales with loads of discounts and bargains just waiting to be snapped up. In addition to the seemingly never-ending line of shops, the Champs-Elysees is also home to a great selection of cafes, bars and restaurants where you can stop for a coffee and a pastry.
A trip to Paris isn’t complete without stopping by St Germain. This area is linked to the historic centre of French intellectualism and is known for its winding streets, fantastic cafes and university life atmosphere. Home to a great number of bookshops, museums, design boutiques, churches, art galleries, cafes, boutique hotels and restaurants, St Germain provides hours of entertainment for all sorts of tourists.
Where to stay
Families and couples looking for a bit of luxury during their holiday in Paris should consider staying at the Grand Hotel Francais. Set in the heart of Paris, just a short distance away from numerous attractions and public transport networks, this hotel offers a selection of standard, superior and privilege rooms, as well as suites for guests to choose from. Each room comes complete with double bed, private bathroom with hairdryer, flat screen TV, safe, minibar with complimentary drinks, slippers, air conditioning and free WiFi acess. Guests at the Grand Hotel Francais are invited to take full advantage of the services and facilities onsite which include bar, breakfast room, 24-hour reception, newspapers, lift, safety deposit box, heating, luggage storage, air conditioning and free WiFi access throughout.
Holidaymakers who want to stay in Montmartre should check out the Hotel des Arts. Located in a small street in the popular village, this hotel provides loads of amenities and services, including breakfast in the restaurant or your room, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, room service, free WiFi access throughout, concierge, parking and airport shuttle. Guests can choose between single, double, twin, superior, romantic and Eiffel Tower rooms, providing something for all group sizes and budgets. Each room features flat screen TV, telephone, free WiFi access, iPod docking station, safe, wake-up call and en-suite bathroom with hairdryer.
The three-star Eiffel Saint Charles is ideal for visitors who want to indulge in plenty of sightseeing during their holiday. Only a stone’s throw away from the Eiffel Tower and the Porte de Versailles, this hotel offers standard rooms with a choice of one double bed, two single beds, one single bed or three single beds. Each room comes complete with air conditioning, telephone, work desk, satellite TV, minibar, safety deposit box and private bathroom with hairdryer. There are loads of facilities and services to take advantage of, such as 24-hour reception, buffet breakfast, bar, lift, air conditioning, free WiFi access, newspapers and small pets are allowed to stay.
Art lovers on holiday in Paris should definitely consider staying at the Hotel Design de la Sorbonne. Just a few minutes’ walk away from the Pantheon, Notre Dame and the Luxembourg Gardens, this hotel offers a series of newly-decorated rooms complete with bright designer wallpapers and colourful fabrics. Each of the rooms comes well-equipped with safety deposit box, air conditioning, ironing facilities, desk, heating, private bathroom with hairdryer, telephone, radio, TV, DVD player, and CD player. Hotel Design de la Sorbonne boasts plenty of amenities and services, including breakfast in your room, free WiFi access throughout, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, laundry, newspapers, lift, heating and air conditioning.
When it comes to centrally-located accommodation in Paris, Hotel de l’Avre is a top pick. Situated between the Invalides and Montparnasse, close to the Champs de Mars Gardens and the Eiffel Tower, this hotel is perfect for holidaymakers who want to see the sights during their visit. The Hotel de l’Avre provides a small number of single, double and triple rooms, each of which features free WiFi access, satellite TV, desk, fan, heating, telephone and private bathroom with hairdryer. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the services and facilities on offer, including garden, terrace, breakfast in your room, parking, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, newspapers, safety deposit box, lift and heating.