Sugar-coated roofs under Prague Castle. Photo: Markéta Rejzková
The weather in January was fluctuating, but overall, according to the preliminary assessment, the first month of this year was normal in terms of temperature and precipitation on the borderline between normal and above-normal. The Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (ČHMÚ) reported this on the X network. In Prague’s Klementin, this year’s January, with an average monthly temperature of 2.2 degrees Celsius, was ranked 46th to 49th out of 250 Januarys since the beginning of available measurements. This means that it would be among the fifth of the warmest Januarys since 1775, the ČHMÚ reported.
“The warm and rainy beginning of the year was replaced by a significantly cold period at the turn of the first and second decade. This was followed by a period of normal temperature, in the last decade of the month there was a significant increase in temperature again above the normal value,” meteorologists described the fluctuating weather in January.
Compared to last year’s January, this year’s was significantly colder and had more precipitation. At the beginning of January, the flood situation from the end of last year continued, which, according to meteorologists, replenished the reserves of shallow underground water.
“The level in the shallow wells was strongly above normal for the whole month, which happened last in 2015, which was very dry and warm afterwards,” noted the meteorologists. The CHMÚ will issue a more detailed assessment of the weather in January this year by mid-February, they added.
In the country’s oldest functioning meteorological station in Prague’s Klementin, located in the historic center of the capital, the average monthly temperature in January this year was 2.2 degrees Celsius. The deviation from normal from 1991 to 2020 was 0.6 degrees Celsius.
“With this deviation, January was temperature normal,” the meteorologists said. The deviation from the long-term average from 1775 to 2014 was three degrees Celsius. “January 2024 ranked 46th to 49th out of 250 Januarys since the beginning of available measurements,” he said CHMÚ
The warmest January since 1775 was January 2007 in Klementin, with an average temperature of 6.3 degrees Celsius, while the coldest was already recorded in 1799, with an average monthly temperature of minus 9.3 degrees Celsius.