New York City can get cold in the winter months. While daily averages in December, January and February hover within a few degrees above and below the freezing point, overnight lows are often in the teens and zero digits. In addition, on windy days a bitter wind can blow through the city’s streets and avenues, and with the buildings acting as a canyon to channel the wind, it will chill you to the bone.
If you are planning to visit New York in January, the city can be magical, even in one of the coldest months of the year.
NYC January Weather Average Temperatures
- Average High: 39°F (4°C)
- Average Low: 27°F (-3°C)
- Rainfall days: 8
What to Pack in January in NYC
- A heavy coat
- Long-sleeve pullovers
- Long pants, leggings, jeans
- A scarf, a warm hat, and gloves
- Comfortable and warm boots
- Waterproof shoes
You will need to pack a number of options and layering will be the key. Be sure to dress in layers so you don’t roast inside, as most venues have adequate heating systems to counter the cold outside. For more tips explore our Guide to Visiting New York City in Winter.
Things to do in January in NYC
Here is our list of posts with interesting things you can do in January in NYC:
- Where to Go Ice Skating in New York City
- Experience an Authentic Gospel Mass in Harlem