New York weather

Our guide to the weather in New York during January


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New York is a city of extremes and the weather is no exception. We've looked at the most up-to-date weather data for New York, covering the last 12 years up to 2023, plus we've asked our team of travel bloggers for their first-hand experiences in order to answer the most frequently asked questions about New York weather in January.

How cold is it in New York during January?

January is typically the coldest month in New York. And when we say cold, we mean it. The temperature tops out at around 2℃ during the day, falling away to -3℃ at night. The UV index will be low at this time of year, so not something to worry about. However, if you're going to be outside for long periods it's always a good idea to apply a small amount of sunscreen to exposed skin.

Does it snow in New York during January?

Yes, although it doesn't snow as much as you might expect. It's worth checking the local forecast a few days before you leave home so that you can pack appropriate footwear and clothing.

Does it rain in New York during January?

On average, there will be 7 rainy days during the month, amounting to 106.6mm in total. That's a significant amount of rain. For comparison, the wettest months in the UK typically sees between 80mm and 100mm, depending on where you are. Of course, some of that rain will actually fall as sleet, snow, and possibly freezing rain. You're not likely to see a thunderstorm during your trip.

Is it windy in New York during January?

You're unlikely to experience any strong winds. Expect a gentle breeze that increases to moderate at times during January. With cold air temperatures at this time of year, any breeze will feel very cold.

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Books inspired by New York

Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood for your New York holiday


Don DeLillo

Follows an eventful day in the life of Eric, a self-made billionaire who gets stuck in traffic in the back of his limo on a journey across New York to get a haircut. He conducts his business and his life from the confined space, his bodyguards worried that he may be a target. Complex but uniquely matter-of-fact, this book will challenge you and make you think.

The Godfather

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The classic novel about Don Corleone and his crime family set in New York's criminal underworld.

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara

A profound and beautifully-written novel about four ambitious US college friends who move to New York to begin their lives and careers after graduating. Deeply disturbing, but with an enduring human love and kindness, this book will move you in a way that none has before. Everyone should read it.

New York Blog posts

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The Best Viewpoints in New York City For All Budgets

1st December 2023 by Mini Adventures

If you find yourself in New York, whether it's your first visit or you've been there multiple times, the city views never fail to impress. From towering vantage points that make the bustling crowds look like tiny ants, to spots that capture the vibrant energy of the streets, there are countless places to soak in the essence of the Big Apple. Whether you're willing to splurge or looking for budget-friendly options, we've got you covered with these top spots that offer breathtaking views of New...


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28th November 2023 by I'm just a girl 16

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How To Plan Your New York Itinerary With Google Maps

17th November 2023 by I'm just a girl 16

Are you planning a trip to New York City but you’re not sure how to organise your itinerary or plan your route around the city? This ultimate guide about planning a trip to NYC shows you how to use my New York trip planner via Google Maps!...


50 Fun Things To Do In NYC With Kids

16th November 2023 by I'm just a girl 16

New York City is a place that can be enjoyed by couples, with friends, as a solo trip and, of course, as a family. There are so many awesome kids things to do in NYC, but if you’re planning your first family trip to the Big Apple, you might be a bit overwhelmed when it comes to finding fun things to do for kids in NYC....


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10th November 2023 by I'm just a girl 16

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6 Best Ways To Get From Newark Airport To Manhattan

27th October 2023 by I'm just a girl 16

This article provides a comprehensive guide on the most convenient methods of transportation from Newark Airport to Manhattan. If you're flying into Newark Airport (EWR) instead of JFK for your trip to New York City, you may be curious about the best way to reach Manhattan. Fortunately, this post offers six excellent options to help you make the journey hassle-free....

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