Average January Weather in Rhode Island

Typical temperatures, precipitation, snowfall, humidity and sunshine during January at cities and towns throughout Rhode Island are listed below.

Temperatures in Rhode Island for January

This table gives the averages in degrees Fahrenheit and Celsius for maximum and minimum monthly temperatures. These normal temperatures are based on weather data collected from 1991 to 2020 for the US National Centers for Environmental Information.

Average January temperatures
High °F Low °F Place High °C Low °C
40 21 Kingston 5 -6
39 24 Newport 4 -5
35 19 North Foster 2 -8
38 22 Providence 4 -6
39 24 Tiverton 4 -5
40 25 Westerly 4 -4
38 19 Woonsocket 3 -7

Precipitation in Rhode Island for January

Here are the January averages for rainfall plus snowfall in Rhode Island. Each place has a total for how many days of wet weather it usually gets this month and for the normal amount of precipitation, based on the weather during 1991 to 2020. The calculation of days only includes those when precipitation totalled 0.01 inches (0.25 millimetres) or more.

Average precipitation in January
Days Place Inches Milli­metres
11 Kingston 4.2 108
12 Newport 4.0 102
12 North Foster 4.5 114
11 Providence 4.0 101
12 Tiverton 4.0 102
11 Westerly 3.3 85
12 Woonsocket 4.4 111

Snowfall in Rhode Island for January

Listed here are the totals for amount of snow and how many days it snows at least 0.1 inches (0.25 centimetres) in Rhode Island. The numbers are this month's averages of snowfall measurements made during 1991 to 2020.

Average total snowfall in January
Days Place Inches Centi­metres
4.5 Kingston 10.0 25.4
3.0 Newport 5.5 14.0
7.5 North Foster 15.5 39.4
5.7 Providence 10.3 26.2
5.2 Tiverton 10.9 27.7
5.2 Woonsocket 12.3 31.2

Sunshine in Rhode Island for January

In the table below, the average number of Sunny Days in Rhode Island is the total days this month when the sky is mostly clear. This includes the days when cloud covers up to 30% of the sky during daylight hours.

Partly Sunny Days have cloud covering from 40% to 70% of the sky during the daytime. The rest of the days during January are mainly overcast, with at least 80% cloud cover. Total Days With Sun is a sum of the Sunny plus Partly Sunny days.

Days of sunshine in January
City Sunny Partly Sunny Total Days
With Sun
Block Island 8 9 17
Providence 10 7 17

Humidity in Rhode Island

In the table below, the Daily number is the average of relative humidity readings taken every three hours throughout the day. Morning percentages are for 7 am and Afternoon levels are for 4 pm local standard time. All the humidity numbers are averages for the years 1961 to 1990.

Average January humidity (%)
Daily City Morning Afternoon
64 Providence 70 56

National Climatic Data Center. Comparative Climatic Data.

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). Climate Normals.

World Data Center for Meteorology. Climate of the World.

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