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January in New York City - Weather and Event Guide

January is a great time for bargain hunters who don't mind the cold.


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January Weather:

  • Average High: 36°F (4°C)
  • Average Low: 26°F (-3°C)
  • January is typically the coldest month of the year in New York City. Being in a city full of tall buildings can make the wind feel colder and stronger than normal, so be sure to pack appropriately for the weather.

What to Wear:

  • boots or galoshes - to keep your feet warm and dry
  • dress in layers -- it will typically be warm in stores, subways and attractions, but it is nearly impossible to visit New York City without spending time outside, so you'll want to ensure you're warmly dressed for walking around
  • a warm coat, hats, earmuffs, scarves, and gloves/mittens

January Perks:

January Cons:

  • cold, snowy weather
  • chance of flight/travel problems if a storm comes through

Good to Know:

  • The third weekend in January is a three-day weekend for many Americans, and Monday is a federal holiday to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. -- this means that many businesses may be closed, but typically restaurants and other tourist attractions remain open.

January Highlights/Events:

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