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Paris: January Weather Averages

Daily averages for January
  Temperature 41°F

5°C

Low Temperature 37°F

3°C

  High Temperature 45°F

7°C

  Sunshine Hours 4 hrs
  Chance of Sunny Day 5 %
  Rainfall 18mm
  Rainfall days 14 days
  Chance of Rain 50 %
  Chance of Cloudy Day 60 %
Chance of Windy Day 45 %
  Chance of Fog Day 18%
  Chance of Snow Day 9%

Daily averages for January

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
°C 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 4 4 4 5 5 4
°F 41 41 43 43 43 43 43 41 41 39 39 39 41 41 39
16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
5 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 4 4 4 5 5 4 4 4
41 43 43 43 43 43 43 43 39 39 39 41 41 39 39 39

Averages for Paris in January

Weather overview

January is the coldest and wettest month in Paris, France. 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 probability of snow lying on the ground is very unlikely, the best chances of it occurring are around January 10th. As you would expect for 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.

Gargoyles in Paris, France

Gargoyles in Paris, France via Moyan

Where to stay

The Grand Hotel Francais is a luxury hotel set in the heart of Paris, close to several metro stations, Place de la Nation, Place de la Bastille, Places des Vosges and Pere Lachaise Cemetery. Accommodation comes in the form of standard, superior and privilege rooms, plus suites. Each guestroom features flat-screen TV, minibar with free drinks, free WiFi access and private bathroom with shower or bath and hairdryer. Suites are decorated with friezes, lacquered ceilings and sandstone floors. Onsite services and facilities include lobby bar, breakfast room which serves traditional continental breakfast buffets and free WiFi access throughout.

If you'd rather stay in Montmartre, check out the Hotel des Arts. Located in a small street in the popular village within walking stances of Place du Tertre and Place des Abbesses, this three-star hotel provides guests with single, double, twin, superior, romantic and Eiffel Tower rooms. Each guestroom features flat-screen TV, free WiFi access, iPod socking station and private bathroom with hairdryer. Superior rooms are larger, whilst romantic rooms offer street views, champagne, flowers, chocolates and bathrobes. Eiffel Tower rooms simply come with a view of the Eiffel Tower. Within the hotel you'll find a basement stone dining room where breakfast is served, free Wifi access throughout, nearby paid parking and airport shuttles.

The three-star Eiffel Saint Charles is ideally located for sightseeing, only a ten-minute drive from the Eiffel Tower and the Porte de Versailles. Accommodation comes in the form of 33 modern single, double and triple rooms, each of which features air conditioning, flat-screen satellite TV and private bathroom with shower or bath and hairdryer. Onsite amenities and services include breakfast room where breakfast is served between 7am and 10pm (guests can also enjoy a continental breakfas in their room), bar open 11am to 11pm and free Wifi access throughout. Note that small pets are permitted. 

Art lovers should consider staying at the Hotel Design de la Sorbonne. Situated on the Left Bank, just a few minutes’ walk away from the Pantheon, Notre Dame and the Luxembourg Gardens, this hotel offers newly-decorated rooms complete with bright designer wallpapers and colourful fabrics, divided between classic, superior, deluxe, top floor and romantic categories. Each of the guestrooms features air conditioning/heating, free WiFi access, TV with DVD player and private bathroom with bath or shower and hairdryer. Top floor and romantic rooms are set under the eaves and offer superior furniture and decor. Within the hotel you'll find free WiFi access throughout, photo exhibitions on each floor, breakfast room which hosts breakfast buffets and the option to have breakfast served in your room. Note that no parking is available.

When it comes to central 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 provides accommodation in the shape of single, double and triple rooms. Each guestroom includes free WiFi access, satellite TV and private bathroom, with some rooms also boasting access to a private garden. Within the hotel you'll find breakfast room which hosts continental breakfasts, free WiFi access throughout and paid public parking nearby. Although onsite services and facilities are limited, shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants are in abundance nearby.

Aerial view at night of Paris, France

Aerial view at night of Paris, France via Luke

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. If you’re holidaying 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, solve the puzzles 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 – was opened in 1919 is home to the largest collection of sculptures created by French sculptor Rodin. Here you'll find 8,000 drawings, 6,600 sculptures, 7,000 objects d'art and 8,000 photographs. Some of the most iconic pieces include the Thinker, the Gates of Hell and the Kiss. In addition to artwork created by Rodin, the museum is also home to a room dedicated to Camille Claudel, as well as paintings from Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh which were collected by Rodin.

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.  The show details his expat stories and confusing experiences which are sure to leave you in hysterics. Due to the nature of the humour and the sometimes strong language used, this show is only suitable for adults.

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 noteworthy 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. Thanks to the wealth of bookshops, museums, design boutiques, churches, art galleries, cafes, boutique hotels and restaurants found here, St Germain provides hours of entertainment.

Musée Rodin in Paris, France

Musée Rodin in Paris, France via Jean-Pierre

January events in Paris

Film

Le Grand Rex Cinema Film Showings

1st January 2016 to 5th January 2016

Every day up until January, 5th Le Grand Rex Cinema shows a child-friendly Christmas film which is preceded by a spectacular water, light, music and firework show.

Website:

http://www.legrandrex.com/

Shopping

Sales

1st January 2016 to 1st February 2016

After Christmas, almost all the shops in Paris have huge January sales. You’ll find deals and offers all over the place, from small designer boutiques to the city’s huge department stores.

Website:

http://goparis.about.com/od/shopping/a/Paris_sales.htm

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