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Madrid Weather in January, Spain

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  • What is Average Temperature?
    The average high temperature and the average low temperature for that month, on a daily basis, divided by 2 equals the average temperature for that month


  • What is Average High Low Temperature?
    The sum of high temperatures/low temperatures divided by the number of days in that month, recorded daily

    High Temperature

  • What is Average High Low Temperature?
    The sum of high temperatures/low temperatures divided by the number of days in that month, recorded daily

    Low Temperature

  • What is Average Day Temperature?
    The average temperature recorded between sunrise and sunset

    Day Temperature

  • What is Average Night Temperature?
    The average temperature recorded between sunset and sunrise

    Night Temperature

  • What are Average Daily Sunshine Hours?
    Total sunshine hours for the month, divided by the number of days in the month. Sunshine hours are taken with a sunshine recorder, either a Campbell-Stokes recorder or an Eppley Pyreheliometer

    Sunshine Hours

    4 hours
  • What is Average Rainfall?
    The amount of mm in rain for that month divided by the number of days, and the number of days that it rains during that month on average, over a given period of years

    Rainfall Days

    9 days
  • What is Average Rainfall?
    The amount of mm in rain for that month divided by the number of days, and the number of days that it rains during that month on average, over a given period of years


    40 mm

January, 2024

1 Avg 41º
2 Avg 45º
3 Avg 45º
4 Avg 45º
5 Avg 43º
6 Avg 39º
7 Avg 41º
8 Avg 43º
9 Avg 45º
10 Avg 45º
11 Avg 46º
12 Avg 43º
13 Avg 43º
14 Avg 41º
15 Avg 43º
16 Avg 43º
17 Avg 39º
18 Avg 37º
19 Avg 37º
20 Avg 39º
21 Avg 41º
22 Avg 39º
23 Avg 43º
24 Avg 43º
25 Avg 45º
26 Avg 45º
27 Avg 45º
28 Avg 43º
29 Avg 43º
30 Avg 46º
31 Avg 46º
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What's the Weather Like in Madrid in January


January in Madrid can be a little chilly, but it's a wonderful time to walk around and explore Spain's capital city, without the heat of summer. Officially the coldest month of the year here, you can expect an average temperature of around 6°C, with a high of 10°C on a good day, and a low of 1°C. The surrounding mountains are likely to see significant snowfall during this time of year, however the city itself is unlikely to see any snow.


What you are likely to experience in January in Madrid however is a little rain, with around 40mm expected on average throughout the month, working out at 9 days per month seeing some sign of precipitation.

Average Sunshine Hours

Winter days can be a little dark, with only 2 hours of sunshine expected on average per day, however January can be a very romantic time to visit the capital city, provided you get wrapped up against the elements.

Madrid Hotels in January

As one of the largest and grandest cities in Europe, Madrid offers a wealth of accommodation options, from cheap and cheerful hostels and upmarket five-star hotels. 

TOC Hostel Madrid

Those looking for a convenient and reasonably-priced place to stay in the heart of Madrid should consider TOC Hostel Madrid. Only a few minutes' walk away from the Puerta del Sol, this hip hostel features breezy, artsy rooms with en suite bathrooms, lockers and free WiFi; private rooms come with their own TVs and desks. Downstairs there's a casual eatery and retro-themed bar, along with a communal kitchen, library, lounge and convenience store. 

Hotel Santo Domingo

For something a bit more sumptuous, pick the Hotel Santo Domingo, situated near the Royal Palace. Offering a range of rooms and suites in different styles and dimensions, there's something for everyone at this choice hotel. Rooms come with their own  TVs, desks and minibars; suites provide living areas. Other amenities include airport shuttle service, a modern Spanish restaurant/bar and rooftop pool. 

Hotel Wellington

Visitors in search of uncompromising luxury should take a look at the Hotel Wellington. Featuring grand room/suites and round-the-clock room service, you can rest assured that your every need will be catered to at this hotel. Hotel Wellington has several options in the way of dining and drinking, while there's also an outdoor pool with hot tub, a whirlpool, spa, sauna, hammam and fitness centre. 

Bars and Restaurants

As the capital of Spain and one of the most prominent cities in Europe, Madrid's dining and drinking scene is world class, with a range of cafes, bars, bistros and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. 

Cafe de la Luz

Located in the Malasana neighbourhood, Cafe de la Luz is a local gem which wins over locals and visitors alike. Known for its relaxed, living-room charm and cosy atmosphere, this is a great place to stave off the cold during the winter months and warm up over a hearty brunch and a cup of coffee. 


Visitors looking for a restaurant with a bit of historical significance should pay an visit to the Botin. First opened in 1725, this charming eatery holds the title as the world's oldest restaurant (according to the Guinness Book of Records) and was known to be a favourite with Ernest Hemingway; today it's famous for serving up rustic Castilian cuisine. Operating across four floors, the restaurant exudes the air of a classic Spanish tavern and there are three dining spaces to choose from, from the bodega (cellar) to the Felipe IV Room. Their roast suckling pig comes highly recommended. 

Harvey's Cocktail Bar

Prohibition era-themed "speakeasy" bars are popping up in cities across the globe and Madrid is no exception to this trend. Harvey's Cocktail Bar is one of the latest developments in this area and oozes vintage charm by the bucketload. Featuring plush red certains, cosy booths, neon lights and delicious cocktails, it's hard to resist the lure of this welcoming hangout spot. There's also a tasty and tempting cajun menu to choose from if you're feeling peckish. 

Things to do in Madrid in January

Madrid is known for being a treasure trove of high-profile art, and rightly so. Any trip to the city wouldn't be right without visiting its famous Golden Triangle of Art, which encompasses the Museo del Prado, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museums respectively. 

Museo Del Prado

One of the largest art museums in Europe and showcasing no less than 27,000 paintings, the Museo Del Prado began life in the early 1800s as a collection bestowed by the Spanish monarchy and houses the works of some of the biggest names in the classic art world such as El Greco, Goya, Titian, Ruben, Hieronymus Bosch and Velazquez. In addition to the range of artworks, the museum also displays a range of ancient sculptures, prints and drawings, while there's a number of exhibits taking place across the year. 

Reina Sofia Museum

Those with more of an interest in contemporary art should move onto the nearby Reina Sofia Museum, which focuses mainly on 20th century and modern art, most prominently the works of Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Joan Miro. Originally the General Hospital of Madrid, the museum opened to the public in 1992 and also features an extensive art library with more than 100,000 books.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

In addition to the two main museums, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum similarly houses an impressive collection of laudable art, with a particular focus on on Impressionism, Cubism, as well as Italian and German artists. 

Retiro Park

Known as the green lung of Madrid, the Retiro Park makes an excellent place to take a bracing winter walk on a sunny day. Located across the road from the Golden Art Triangle, this manicured park is home to over 15,000 trees and encompasses a range of public buildings, monuments, flower gardens and a boating lake.

Royal Palace

Another unmissable Madrid landmark worth visiting is the imposing Royal Palace, which proudly stands over the shadow and bears the legacy of the Spanish monarchy. Although no longer the main home of the Spanish Royal Family, it remains their official residence and comprises a staggering 3,000 rooms within its walls. Walk the plush-lined main stairway, marvel at the grandeur of the Hall of Thrones and observe the wealth of weaponry at the Royal Armoury. Offering you the chance to put yourself in the shoes of Spanish royalty of years gone by, this makes a great day out for all the family. Visit on Wednesdays and witness the weekly changing of the guard.

Madrid Events January

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New Years Day 🗓

New Year's Day in Madrid is a vibrant and lively celebration filled with excitement and joy. The central square of Madrid comes alive with the sounds of fireworks, music, and the clinking of beer glasses as people come together to welcome the new year. The atmosphere is electric, with the air filled with laughter and the spirit of celebration.

While some tourist attractions may be closed, there are still plenty of things to see and do in Madrid on New Year's Day. The Zoo is a popular choice for those looking for a festive atmosphere, with activities and events planned throughout the day. Additionally, many museums and galleries in Madrid open their doors from lunchtime, offering a cultural experience for those looking to explore the city's rich history and art.

For those looking to shop or enjoy a meal, the bars and shops in places like Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol will be open, .