Zürich weather in January (Canton of Zurich, Switzerland)

How is the weather in Zürich in January? Check out this comprehensive weather guide.

In January, Zürich generally has low temperatures and moderate snow/rainfall. January falls within the winter season. Daytime temperatures hover around 5°C, while nights can cool down to about -1°C. Typically, it's the chilliest month of the year. Making it a great time for staying indoors and enjoying the warmth. Make sure you're prepared by packing the right winter outfits.

Zürich in January usually receives moderate snow/rainfall, averaging around 92 mm for the month. Delving into the climate records from the past 30 years, one can predict that nearly 15 days of the month will see snow/rainfall.

The area experiences limited sunny days, amounting to roughly 61 hours of sunshine. This makes it perfect for those who lean towards cooler, cloudier settings rather than intense sunlit days

If you're looking for dry conditions and comfortable temperatures, January may not be the ideal month to visit Zürich. May, June, July, August and September typically offer the best circumstances. While January, February, November and December tend to showcase less optimal conditions.

For an in-depth look at the yearly conditions, visit our specialized Zürich climate page with graphs.

 

Zürich, monthly averages in January

Min Temperature -1°C  
Max Temperature 5°C  
Chance of Rain 49%  
Precipitation 92 mm  
Rainy days 15 days  
Humidity 83%  
Windspeed 7 km/h  
Sunshine 61 hours  
Percentage Sunshine 24%  

Where to go in Switzerland in January

Find out more about the weather in Switzerland in January and which places have the best weather conditions in this month.

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Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20°C and 29°C and not too much precipitation (less than 90 mm a month).

So, what should you wear in Zürich in January?

Wear a base layer in cold weather; this is the #1 thing you can do to increase your overall body temperature.

What To Do

We rated the following activities from 1 (least suitable) to 10 (best) to do in January.

Swimming
4/10
Cycling
3/10
Walking
3/10
Camping
1/10
Outdoor sports
3/10

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