Houston Weather in January

Houston, Texas has it's coldest weather during January. But that just means a few nights of frost. The daytime temperatures are usually mild.

This page gives detailed information on the typical January weather for Houston.

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The numbers here are historical averages based on climate data gathered at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, located north of downtown Houston.

Temperature Weather iconTemperature

63 °F January average high 17 °C
43 °F January average low 6 °C

In most years, Houston averages a daily maximum temperature for January that's between 59 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 19 degrees Celsius). The minimum temperature usually falls between 40 and 47 °F (4 to 8 °C).

January is the coldest month overall for Houston and the 5th to 8th are its chilliest days. They have daily highs averaging 62.4 °F (16.9 °C) and lows of 42.9 °F (6.1 °C).

19 days 60 °F max. or more (16 °C)
13 days 40 °F min. or less (4 °C)

Most January days in Houston have a temperature of over 40 °F (4 °C). The city averages 9 days this month when the thermometer reaches into the 70s °F (over 21 °C). Sometimes January even has a day when the temperature climbs into the 80s °F (over 26 °C).

The thermometer dips to freezing or below on an average of 4 nights. But January only rarely gets as cold as 20 °F (-8 °C).

Rainy Weather iconPrecipitation

3.4 in total precipitation 86 mm
10 days of rain

Half the time, Houston receives 2 to 5 inches (51 to 117 mm) of rainfall in January. One in four years has drier weather, while another one in four is wetter. Although uncommon, some of the precipitation can fall as snow.

Sunny Weather iconSun

45 % sunshine
7 days clear skies

January is the cloudiest time of year for Houston. The sun's rays reach the ground during 45 percent of daylight hours on average, for a total of 146 hours in the month. Typically on 7 days this month the sky is mainly clear, with at most 30 percent cloud cover.

Sunlight in January at Houston lasts for 10 hours and 29 minutes a day on average. The shortest day of the month is the 1st with 10 hours and 17 minutes of daylight. By the end of the month, the days have lengthened to 10:47 from sunrise to sunset. These durations can vary by a minute or two from year to year.

Humid Weather iconHumidity

75 % January average humidity

The relative humidity in Houston during January usually peaks at 85 percent in the morning then drops to 58 percent by mid afternoon.

Local Time12 am3 am6 am9 am12 pm3 pm6 pm9 pm
Humidity % 82 84 85 80 63 58 67 78

Windy Weather iconWind

8.1 mph January wind speed average 13.0 kph

January is windier than most other months in Houston.

Stormy Weather iconStorms

2 days rainfall of 0.5 inches (13 mm) or more
2 days with thunderstorms in January

These weather data are long-term historical averages provided by the National Climatic Data Center of the United States. The temperature and precipitation numbers are 1981-2010 normals while the humidity and thunderstorm statistics are 1961-1990 normals.

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