January experiences mild temperatures by Europe’s standards at least, but is on average the coldest month in Lisbon.
It usually gets less rain than autumn months, and there are at least some sunny days. But January weather varies: some years may be quite dry and sunny, while others are wet. Snow is virtually non-existent.
Despite the variable weather, the city enjoys a unique geographical location, with one of the warmest winters of Europe.
Weather in January: What to Pack, What to Wear
Due to the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, the temperature in Lisbon never goes below zero in winter
- Average High: 15ºC / 59ºF
- Average Low: 8ºC / 46ºF
- Average Rainfall: 100 millimetres / 3.94 inches
The rainfall in January is on average 100mm, but total rainfall for the month may vary from year to year.
Layers are key in Lisbon in winter. Lightweight (but warm) sweaters, long sleeved t-shirts, scarves, hoodies and a coat – basically, anything that you can take off if the sun peeks out when you’re out sightseeing and put back on when it goes away.
Events in January
- New Year’s Day Concert: welcome the New Year with a concert on 1 January performed by the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra at the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB).
- New Year’s Concert at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos: on 3 January Lisbon’s opera house presents a concert of classical music performed by the Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra.
- Epiphany or Three Kings’ Day (Dia de Reis in Portuguese): even though 6 January is not a holiday in Portugal, it is celebrated by eating the traditional Bolo Rei (King’s Cake).
Fun in January
The weather averages help you get an idea. But if you’re not sure what time of year to visit, check out our Lisbon weather page.