JANUARY WEATHER FACTS
If you travel to Budapest in January, you must accept the fact, that you will need more or bigger luggage because your extra jumpers and warm boots will take up more space than your clothes in summer.
The average min. is -3⁰C/26⁰F and the average max. is +1⁰C/33⁰F.
Average rainfall: 34 mm (including light snow)
It is likely to snow in January (but due to the global warming there are less and less snowy days in Budapest).
There are sunny days as well as cloudy and foggy days as well.
ADVANTAGES & DISADVANTAGES OF THE BUDAPEST WEATHER IN JANUARY
Although travelling in winter does not seem like an ideal holiday for everybody due to the Budapest weather in January but here are some advantages, why you should come to Budapest during the first month of the year.
1. The city is less crowded
2. You can enjoy the several hot baths in Budapest
3. The Christmas fares are still on for a few weeks
4. There are great winter sales in the shops
5. The famous ice-skating rink (Műjégpálya: https://www.mujegpalya.hu/en) in Budapest is open
6. You can enjoy a beautiful snowy walk in the forest with an even more beautiful view on the city at Normafa
7. You can stick to your New Year Resolution by visiting the best gyms in Budapest
8. You can always come back again in summer to get to know a different face of the city
9. If you are fed up with the festive menu, try something very Hungarian in one of the best Hungarian restaurants
10. Try and enjoy the typical Hungarian liquor, called Pálinka. It is very strong and will warm you up from the inside in no time
1. It can be quite cold and windy and the temperature often drops down under 0⁰C/32⁰F
2. You need to wear many layers of clothes to keep warm all the time
3. Many layers mean carrying your coat in your hand when you enter a heated shop or mall
3. The city and the nature are less attractive during a grey winter day
4. The selection of outdoor programs is limited
– Always wear layered clothing
– Wear double layer of socks to prevent getting a cold, your feet can start being cold very quickly
– Hat, scarf and gloves are compulsory
– It is super useful to wear gloves with which you can navigate on your phone
– Have a spare pair of boots/warm shoes should there be snow in Budapest
– Get a vacuum flask for some hot tea and take it with you wherever you go
– Watch this video about Budapest in January:
Although Hungary is a pretty small country, it happens all the time, that it is sunny in Budapest while it is snowing heavily somewhere in the countryside or even a few dozen meters above sea level. (e.g. at Normafa)