Boston Weather in January

Averages By Month

January Overview

January is the coldest month in Boston with temperatures between 22°F (-5°C) and 37°F (3°C). January is also the snowiest month with an average snowfall of 13 inches (33 cm). The sun shines for 5 hours each day and the Atlantic Ocean has a water temperature of 41°F (5°C) now. Head to Boston in January if you are after some proper winter feeling but make sure to pack a lot of warm clothes!

Especially when it’s cold outside, it’s highly recommended to take a tour on the hop-on hop-off bus which allows you to stay cosy and warm whilst seeing all the famous sights. And you can always spend some time in one of the great museums to warm up. And if you feel like warming up from the inside, check out the Boston Wine Festival.

High and Low Temperature in January °F

Water Temperature in January °F

Current Weather Boston

45°F light rain
Local Time

Hourly 10 Days

Averages Boston

  J F M A M J J A S O N D

High °F

37° 39° 46° 57° 67° 77° 82° 81° 73° 62° 52° 42°

Low °F

22° 24° 31° 41° 50° 59° 66° 65° 58° 47° 38° 28°


5 6 7 7 9 10 10 9 8 7 5 5

Rain days

8 7 8 8 8 8 6 7 6 7 8 9

Water °F

13° 11°

Boston Weather by Month

Best Time to Visit Boston

The best time to visit Boston is probably between May and October. You can expect highs in the 70s°F (20s°C). Summers are busier and more expensive but the lovely and warm weather will make your explorations of this great city even more enjoyable.

Early fall still offers great sightseeing conditions and is less crowded. Winters are very cold and snowy. It is the best time to visit if you are after some winter-snow-fun. But make sure to pack warmclothes and boots with temperatures hovering around the freezing point.

Things to know about Boston

If you still think of Boston as this very old fashioned place full of people with cylinder hats and snobbish students, you really must go and see for yourself that things have changed. Nowadays you will find a modern, happy and colorful city which still has a lot of history to offer too. Below you find a guide taking you through the historic Boston as well as its modern twists. 

Beacon Hill to Chinatown

Faneuil Hall to Harvard

‘Little Eataly’ to Paul Revere House

Public Garden to Trinity Church

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