Prague Weather January Averages, Czech Republic

What's the Weather Like in Prague in January?

Temperature

On average, January is the coldest month of the year for Prague, Czech Republic. During this month, the average temperature starts off at -1.5°C, created by highs of 1°C during the daytime and lows of -4°C after dark.

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    Prague Weather for January 2019

    What's the Weather Like in Prague in January?

    Temperature

    On average, January is the coldest month of the year for PragueCzech Republic. During this month, the average temperature starts off at -1.5°C, created by highs of 1°C during the daytime and lows of -4°C after dark.

    This figure rises up to 1°C by the end of the month, created by highs of 2°C during the daytime and lows of -4°C after dark, making the end of the month the best time to go if you want to visit Prague when temperatures are at their highest.

    Although it only occurs on an average of once every ten days, temperatures have been known to rise above 8°C and fall below -12°C in Prague in January. The hottest temperature ever recorded in the city during this month is 16°C, whilst the coldest temperature ever registered here at this time of year is -20°C.

    If you hate the cold weather and want to visit Prague when temperatures are at their highest, forget about going in January and plan your trip for August instead, which is usually the hottest month of the year for the city.

    Average Daylight Hours

    Over the course of January, the length of the day is increasing, with a difference of 1:05 hours of daylight between the start and the end of the month. The shortest day is January 2nd with 8:10 hours of daylight, whilst the longest day is January 31st with 9:15 hours of daylight.

    Average Sunshine Hours and Visibility

    During this month, Prague enjoys an average of three hours of sunshine every day, alongside median cloud coverage of 89% (mostly cloudy). Cloud cover decreases as the month progresses, starting off at 90% on January 1st and falling down to 87% by January 31st.

    On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 22% of the time, partly cloudy 17% and mostly cloudy/overcast 58%. The city is also affected by fog on an average of seven days across the month.

    Rain

    The average monthly precipitation for the city at this time of year is 20mm/1 inch which is divided between 15 rainy days and 11 snowy days. The probability of rainfall making an appearance throughout January is 69%, with the most likely time being January 4th when it occurs on 70% of days and the least likely time being January 31st when it occurs on 67% of days.

    Snow

    The probability of snowfall making an appearance during January is around 44%, starting off at 42% on January 1st and peaking at 45% daily between January 11th and January 24th. This makes the third and fourth weeks of January the best time to visit Prague if you want to catch the snow.

    The most common forms of precipitation you can expect to experience in Prague in January are moderate snow (which falls on 49% of days with precipitation), moderate rain (24%) and light snow (11%).

    With such cold temperatures and high probability of rainfall, you'll need to take plenty of waterproof winter clothing with you, such as coats, hats, scarves and gloves, to ensure you stay warm during your holiday in Prague in January.

    Humidity

    Due to the high amount of precipitation, the average humidity for Prague in January is also high at 85%. The relative humidity for the month ranges between 73% (humid) and 96% (very humid), rarely dropping below 58% (mildly humid) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid).

    The air is driest around January 31st, when the relative humidity falls below 81% (humid) three days out of four whilst it's at its most humid around January 15th, when it rises above 93% (very humid) three days out of four.

    Wind

    Over the course of January, usual wind speeds range between 1 m/s (light air) and 7 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely rising above 14 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around January 29th, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 5 m/s happens around January 15th, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s.

    Prague Hotels in January

    Hotel Pod Vezi

    Hotel Pod Vezi is one of the highest rated hotels on TripAdvisor and is perfect for history lovers. Made up of two historical buildings of 12 and 16 rooms situated within the UNESCO-protected area of Prague, this hotel provides accommodation in the form of classic, superior, standard and deluxe rooms, as well as suites. Each guestroom comes with private bathroom with bath and toiletries, flat-screen satellite TV, heating and free WiFi access, whilst the suites offer a separate living area with sofa bed, desk and chair.

    Onsite services and facilities include Restaurant Pod Věží which serves local and international cuisine and Café Creperie which serves freshly made crepes, with many more attractions nearby, including the Charles Bridge and several bars, restaurants and shops. Children under the age of six also stay for free when accompanied by an adult.

    Hotel 16

    Travellers who want to explore Prague during their holiday should consider Hotel 16. Located within the heart of the city close to shops, art galleries, museums and theatres, this four-star boutique hotel provides luxury accommodation in the shape of single rooms, double rooms and junior suites.

    Each of the guestrooms comes complete with high-speed WiFi access, complimentary buffet breakfast and afternoon tea, heating, 24-hour room service and TV with international channels, whilst the junior suites also offer a separate lounge area with sofa bed and desk. Within the hotel you'll find a bar open 7am-10pm, with a wide selection of bars, cafes and restaurants within walking distance in the city.

    La Ballerina

    For something a bit more modern, try La Ballerina. Located just steps away from the Vitava River, Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square and the Frank Gehry Dancing House, this urban hotel is equipped with the latest technology and provides accommodation in the form of deluxe guestrooms and suites.

    Each guestroom comes with private bathroom with luxury amenities, tea/coffee making facilities, free WiFi access and satellite TV, whilst the suites offer all this plus a separate living area with queen-size sofa bed for an extra guest. Onsite services and facilities include complimentary daily breakfast, Ballerina Lounge Bar with free tea, coffee, snacks and non-alcoholic drinks; guests can also use the spa and wellness centre set within La Ballerina's sister hotel just a 15-minute walk away. Thanks to its central location, the hotel is close to many bars, cafes, restaurants and shops.

    Red & Blue Design Hotel

    Red & Blue Design Hotel is the perfect combination of rich history and modern technology. Situated on the border of the historical centre of Prague, just a ten minute walk from Charles Bridge, this hotel is set inside a building which was constructed in the 1900s and renovated in 2009. Accommodation comes in the form of 52 designer rooms, each of which comes with free WiFi access, tea/coffee making facilities, large flat-screen TV and views of a nearby park. Within the hotel you'll find a large café-bar which serves complimentary daily breakfast, with plenty of other supermarkets, shops, bars, cafes and restaurants within walking distance.

    Bars and Restaurants

    Le Grill Restaurant

    Open daily from7am until 11am for breakfast (a la carte and buffet options), noon until 3pm for lunch and 6pm until 10.30pm for dinner, Le Grill Restaurant in the Mark Luxury Hotel Prague has been rated as one of the top restaurants in the city on TripAdvisor.

    The menu features a combination of traditional Czech dishes alongside popular international options available in two-course and three-course menus which change monthly according to which fresh products are in season. During winter, the menu focuses on sweet potatoes, dates, turnip, apples and chestnuts – all of which are delivered directly from local farmers.

    Cafe Lounge

    If you're looking for somewhere to escape from the cold during the day, then pay a visit to the glorious Cafe Lounge. This coffee shop and patisserie serves a beautiful selection of hot drinks, cakes and tarts - their hot chocolate is made from melted chocolate and makes a sumptuous mid-afternoon treat, which is certainly worth a try. 

    Blah Blah Blah

    When it comes to live entertainment in Prague, it's tough to beat Blah Blah Blah. Open Sunday to Thursday 6pm-1am and Friday to Saturday 5pm-3am, this bar is located in the heart of the city and is known for its resident band which performs regularly throughout the week.

    There is a wide selection of drinks on offer, including draught and bottled beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks and innovative cocktails. There is also a comprehensive bar menu with pub grub and snacks for reasonable prices. Board games are available to visitors and smoking indoors is permitted.

    George Prime Steak

    If you've really worked up an appetite exploring the city, consider dining at George Prime Steak. Open for lunch noon until 2.30pm and for dinner 6pm until 10.30pm, this American-style steakhouse restaurant serves up top-quality prime steaks in the form of New York strip, filet mignon, rib eye, T-bone and porterhouse, all of which are available with a choice of homemade sauces.

    The menu also features a small selection of fresh seafood, fish and lamb for those who fancy a change from beef. The drinks menu is comprised of Californian wines, signature cocktails, spirits, waters, coffees and teas. If you're not full enough for a hearty steak meal, George Prime Steak also boasts a bar which serves smaller dishes, such as burgers, sliders and salads. 

    Things to do in Prague in January

    Old Town

    A trip to Prague isn't complete without exploring Old Town – the historic heart of the city.

    Established in the 13th century, this town is packed full of sightseeing opportunities, such as the 65m-tall Powder Tower which dates back to 1475, the Municipal House which is the city's most prominent art nouveau building, Celetná Street lined with historically important buildings, the baroque-style Church of Saint James, Estates Theatre which is the oldest in Prague and the gothic-style Church of Our Lady Before Tyn.

    During your trip to Old Town, don't miss out on Old Town Square which features a tourist information office, art galleries, shops, cafes and restaurants amongst Romanesque and gothic pastel-coloured buildings.

    KGB Museum

    To find out more about the history of Prague and its people, visit the KGB Museum. Open daily from 9am until 6pm, this museum features a collection of personal items which belonged to the first people of the Soviet state. Some of the most interesting pieces include Trotsky's murder weapon, the death mask of Lenin, the equipment from the KGB laboratories and the radio from Beria's cabinet.

    The major highlight of the museum is the photo exhibition which shows you what life was like through the eyes of a KGB officer in 1968. Guided tours of the museum take place in various languages – including English – several times each day and include detailed descriptions of the items on display, as well as fascinating historical stories.

    Hurricane Factory

    If the weather is too cold to stay outside for long in Prague in January, seek shelter at the Hurricane Factory. This attraction is home to the only wind tunnel in the Czech Republic and is where you can discover what it's like to float around in the air and experience the sensation of a hurricane.

    If you're up to the challenge, you'll get to step inside a glass flight chamber 4.3m wide by 14m tall and feel the force of air flows up to 270km/h – the genuine speed of a hurricane. Anyone aged five and above can take part and there are several ticket types available including single flight tickets and family packages.

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