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Weather in January in Afghanistan

Thinking about venturing to Afghanistan this January and curious about the weather conditions to expect? This page holds all the key information you seek, responding to your question:

What is the weather like in Afghanistan in January?

The weather in Afghanistan in January can be quite varied, with temperatures that range from very cold to moderate and precipitation levels ranging from low to moderate. January is a winter month.

Temperatures

During the day the temperature is very cold in Ghazni at 1°C and moderate in Farah at 16°C. As night falls, temperatures generally drop to 2°C in Farah and -13°C in Ghazni. On average, January is the coldest month of the year in Afghanistan. So be prepared and make sure to pack winter cloths.

Precipitation

In January, precipitation varies across different areas. From low rainfall in Farah with an average of 29 mm to moderate rainfall in Mimana with 58 mm.

Average sunshine

Most cities enjoy a balanced amount of sunshine, with around 177 hours of sunlight anticipated in Kabul. This ensures the days are neither too dim nor excessively sunny.

For specific regional insights in Afghanistan for January, refer to the map provided below. For an in-depth overview of the yearly weather conditions, do visit our Afghanistan climate page.

Where to go in Afghanistan in January

Find more information for the most popular destinations in the Afghanistan on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailes.

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Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
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).

Popular destinations

What is the weather like in January for the 5 most popular destinations in Afghanistan?

Kabul

In January Kabul generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 2°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -11°C and moderate monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Kabul
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
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sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly snow/rainfall precipitationSnow/rainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
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6°C 
-7°C 
182 hours 
29 mm 
3 days 
2°C 
-11°C 
177 hours 
49 mm 
2 days 
poor 
3°C 
-9°C 
179 hours 
76 mm 
3 days 
poor 
Climate in Kabul

Farah

In January Farah generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 16°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 2°C and low monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant that month.

Farah
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18°C 
3°C 
202 hours 
10 mm 
2 days 
16°C 
2°C 
204 hours 
29 mm 
4 days 
18°C 
4°C 
198 hours 
33 mm 
4 days 
Climate in Farah

Ghazni

In January Ghazni generally has very low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 1°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -13°C and moderate monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Ghazni
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
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sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
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5°C 
-8°C 
195 hours 
22 mm 
1 day 
poor 
1°C 
-13°C 
175 hours 
41 mm 
1 day 
poor 
2°C 
-11°C 
175 hours 
61 mm 
2 days 
poor 
Climate in Ghazni

Herat

In January Herat generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 11°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -1°C and moderate monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant that month.

Herat
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sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly snow/rainfall precipitationSnow/rainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
13°C 
0°C 
143 hours 
30 mm 
5 days 
11°C 
-1°C 
149 hours 
52 mm 
6 days 
13°C 
0°C 
154 hours 
71 mm 
8 days 
Climate in Herat

Kandahar

In January Kandahar generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 14°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 1°C and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are tolerable that month.

Kandahar
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17°C 
2°C 
216 hours 
23 mm 
3 days 
14°C 
1°C 
200 hours 
46 mm 
6 days 
17°C 
3°C 
181 hours 
58 mm 
6 days 
Climate in Kandahar

Is your destination not in the list? Have a look at other destinations in Afghanistan.

Is January the best time to visit Afghanistan?

Given the typically poor weather conditions in Kabul, January may not be the ideal time to visit Afghanistan.

Generally speaking, the best visiting conditions can be found in May, June, July, August, September and October offering mostly perfect weather in Kabul. The weather in January, February and March, on the other hand, tends to be poor.

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