Weather in January in France

Many people wonder what the weather conditions are in January in France. Is this month a good time to go to France? To answer that question we created this page with all the information you need.

What is the weather like in France in January?

The weather in France in January ranges from poor to unpleasant depending on the destination. January is a winter month in France.

January has maximum daytime temperatures ranging from cold in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc with 3°C (37°F) to moderate temperatures in Hyères with 13°C (56°F). Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 5°C (40°F) in Hyères and -7°C (19°F) in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. It is one of the coldest months of the year.

Precipitation ranges from moderate in Strasbourg with 33mm (1.3inch) snow/rainfall to high in Brest with 142mm (5.6inch) rainfall. In general it is also a dark month with an average of 63 hours of sunshine in Paris during the whole month.

We invite you to have a look at the map below to find out more about the different weather conditions per location in France.

Where to go in France in January

Find the average weather conditions in January for the most popular destinations in France on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailed information.

Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20-29ºC / 68-84ºF and not too much precipitation (less than 90mm / 3.5inch a month).

Popular destinations in France

What is the weather like in January for the 5 most popular destinations in France?

Average weather in Paris

In January Paris generally has cold temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 8°C (46°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 3°C (38°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Paris
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
8°C / 46°F 
4°C / 39°F 
58 hours 
64mm / 2.5inch 
11 days 
poor 
8°C / 46°F 
3°C / 38°F 
63 hours 
49mm / 1.9inch 
10 days 
poor 
9°C / 48°F 
4°C / 38°F 
88 hours 
41mm / 1.6inch 
9 days 
poor 
Climate in Paris

Average weather in Cannes

In January Cannes generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 13°C (55°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 7°C (45°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant that month.

Cannes
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
14°C / 57°F 
9°C / 47°F 
137 hours 
89mm / 3.5inch 
7 days 
13°C / 55°F 
7°C / 45°F 
150 hours 
67mm / 2.6inch 
6 days 
13°C / 55°F 
7°C / 45°F 
159 hours 
49mm / 1.9inch 
5 days 
Climate in Cannes

Average weather in Nice

In January Nice generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 13°C (55°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 7°C (45°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant that month.

Nice
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
14°C / 57°F 
9°C / 47°F 
137 hours 
89mm / 3.5inch 
7 days 
13°C / 55°F 
7°C / 45°F 
150 hours 
67mm / 2.6inch 
6 days 
13°C / 55°F 
7°C / 45°F 
159 hours 
49mm / 1.9inch 
5 days 
Climate in Nice

Average weather in Lyon

In January Lyon generally has cold temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 6°C (44°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 0°C (32°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Lyon
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
7°C / 45°F 
2°C / 35°F 
54 hours 
55mm / 2.2inch 
9 days 
poor 
6°C / 44°F 
0°C / 32°F 
72 hours 
49mm / 1.9inch 
9 days 
poor 
9°C / 47°F 
1°C / 34°F 
101 hours 
44mm / 1.7inch 
8 days 
poor 
Climate in Lyon

Average weather in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

In January Chamonix-Mont-Blanc generally has cold temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 3°C (37°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around -7°C (19°F) and high monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly snow/rainfall Snow/rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
3°C / 37°F 
-6°C / 22°F 
75 hours 
111mm / 4.4inch 
11 days 
poor 
3°C / 37°F 
-7°C / 19°F 
70 hours 
93mm / 3.7inch 
10 days 
poor 
5°C / 41°F 
-6°C / 21°F 
120 hours 
85mm / 3.3inch 
9 days 
poor 
Climate in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Is your destination not in the list? Have a look at other destinations in France.

Is January the best time to go to France?

In our opinion January is not the best time to visit France with commonly poor weather in Paris.

On average the best time to visit France is in May, June, July, August and September with generally perfect weather in Paris. The worst months are January, February and December that can have poor weather conditions.

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