Wellington weather in January (Wellington, New Zealand)

Curious about the January weather in Wellington? Wondering if it's the right time to visit? Browse this page for a comprehensive overview of the weather conditions for that month.

In January, Wellington typically experiences pleasant temperatures and moderate rainfall. Daytime temperatures hover around 19°C, while nights can cool down to about 15°C.

Wellington in January usually receives moderate rainfall, averaging around 58 mm for the month. It's the month receiving the least amount of rain. As the days go by, you can expect fewer clouds and less precipitation. This makes it an ideal time for outdoor activities and events that might be disrupted by wetter conditions in other months. When we look at the climate data from the last 30 years, we can expect around 9 days of rain.

The days are predominantly sunny, with an estimated total of around 234 hours of sunshine. This amount of sunlight does not only brightens the days but also contributes to a cheerful ambiance in the area during this month.

So this is a great month to visit if you prefer dry days with pleasant temperatures. January, February and March typically offer the most optimal weather. In contrast, June tends to have less optimal conditions.

For an in-depth look at the yearly conditions, visit our specialized Wellington climate page with graphs.

 

Wellington, monthly averages in January

Min Temperature 15°C  
Max Temperature 19°C  
Water Temperature 16°C  
Chance of Rain 30%  
Precipitation 58 mm  
Rainy days 9 days  
Humidity 79%  
Windspeed 25 km/h  
Sunshine 234 hours  
Percentage Sunshine  

Where to go in New Zealand in January

Find out more about the weather in New Zealand in January and which places have the best weather conditions in this month.

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Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20°C and 29°C and not too much precipitation (less than 90 mm a month).

So, what should you wear in Wellington in January?

For visitors traveling to Wellington, we recommend wearing layers. So maybe a skirt, t-shirt, shorts for during the day and jeans and a warm jacket for some days and evenings. Bring a rain jacket in case it rains during your stay. Plan on layering your clothes. With a water temperature of around 16°C there is no need to bring your swimwear.

What To Do

We rated the following activities from 1 (least suitable) to 10 (best) to do in January.

Cycling
10/10
Walking
10/10
Camping
8/10
Outdoor sports
10/10

Interested in more climate information?

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