January Weather Averages for Paris, France

What's the Weather Like in Paris in January


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, compared to February, which has an average temperature of around 4°C-5.5°C over the course of the month.

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  • Temperature Temperature 5°C 41°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 7°C 45°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 3°C 37°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 1 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 18 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 14 days

Daily January Averages for Paris

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What's the Weather Like in Paris in January


January is the coldest and wettest month in ParisFrance. During this month, the average temperature for the city remains constant at 5°C, with almost no variation at all as January progresses, compared to February, which has an average temperature of around 4°C-5.5°C over the course of the month.

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.

Average Sea Temperature

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%.

Average Sunshine Hours

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.

You can check the forecast here.

Paris Hotels in January

Grand Hotel Francais

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.

Hotel des Arts

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.

Eiffel Saint Charles

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.

Hotel Design de la Sorbonne

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.

Hotel de l'Arve

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.

Bars and Restaurants

The dining and drinking scene in Paris is simply world-class, and you'll be spoilt for choice in the Ville Lumiere, with a staggering array of restaurants, cafes and bistros to choose from.


If you're looking for classically French cooking with a stylish modern touch, then head to Seb'on. This friendly restaurant is located in the Montmartre neighbourhood and features a mouth-watering selection of Parisian favourites that win over locals and tourists alike. This place packs out quickly, so ring ahead and book a table in order to avoid disappointment.

Soul Kitchen

Another Montmartre eatery which definitely deserves its reputation is Soul Kitchen. Tucked away among the steps towards the summit of the hill, this cosy and eclectic bistro bustles through the day and serves a satisfying menu of French home favourites. You can stop for coffee in the morning, visit for a light lunch or make your way over in the evening for a heartier meal.

Pizza Julia

Pizza Julia is the place to go if you're in search of tasty Italian cooking at affordable prices. Within easy walking distance of the Place de la Bastille, this small-but-cosy eatery boasts some of the best pizzas in town, which are made in front of your very eyes by resident chef Giovanni. The restaurant has won a number of awards for excellence, and the place buzzes throughout the week with satisfied diners.


For evening drinks, head to Candelaria. This Mexican-themed speakeasy bar is situated in the Marais district and its staff mix up a comprehensive list of drinks. There's also a pleasing selection of tapas and bar snacks to choose from if you're feeling peckish.


As far as cocktail bars and evening hangouts are concerned, Moonshiner certainly qualifies as one of Paris' best kept secrets. Living up to its name, mystery and discretion are the order of the day in this atmospheric Prohibition-themed bar. It might not be the city's easiest watering hole to find, but once you're in, the the top-quality drinks selection and inviting interior will make it difficult for you to leave. 

Things to do in Paris in January


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.

Musée Rodin

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.


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.

St Germain

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.


Similarly, any visit to Paris wouldn't be quite right without an excursion to Versailles. Easy ranking as one of the most magnificent palaces in the world, Versailles is a sight to behold and welcomes tourists throughout the year.

You could easily spend hours wandering through the various suites of the palace and its grounds, which give you an insight into the prestige and privilege of the French aristocracy. There's a lot to pack in during your visit to the town, so it's worth putting a full day aside to really appreciate the place.

Department Stores

Paris is also known across the world as one of the great centres of fashion, and the shopping on offer in the city is phenomenal. Visit Boulevard Hausmann (near Champs Elysees) to experience the classic department stores Printemps and Galeries-Lafayette, or head to the Left Bank for quirky thrift stores and antiques. 

January events in Paris


Le Grand Rex Cinema Film Showings

1st January 2019 to 5th January 2019

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.




La Grande Parade

1st January 2019

On January 1st each year a parade takes place along the Champs Elysees, between 11.30am and 1pm. With floats, costumes, singing, dancing, confetti and more than 600 performers from over ten circuses, this parade is great fun for the whole family.




Walking with Dinosaurs

3rd January 2019 to 6th January 2019

A ‘life-sized’ dinosaur show. During the show, you will see a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the Plateosaurus, the Stegosaurus, the Allosaurus,and many more! It will stage 18 dinosaurs and 9 species during the show, so it will be a must see for dinosaur lovers of all ages.





10th January 2019 to 20th February 2019

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.




International Festival of the Circus of Tomorrow

31st January 2019 to 3rd February 2019

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. The festival features international jugglers, balancing acts, acrobats and contortionists who perform together in the world’s largest circus tent in front of astounded audiences.



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