Weather in January in Australia

Many people wonder what the weather conditions are in January in Australia. Is this month a good time to go to Australia? To answer that question we created this page with all the information you need.

What is the weather like in Australia in January?

The weather in Australia in January ranges from poor to perfect depending on the destination. January is a summer month in Australia.

January has maximum daytime temperatures ranging from moderate in Mount Buller with 17°C (63°F) to very warm temperatures in Giles with 37°C (99°F). Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 24°C (75°F) in Giles and 9°C (48°F) in Mount Buller. It is one of the warmest months of the year, so be prepared and make sure to dress lightly.

Precipitation ranges from low in Kadina with 15mm (0.6inch) rainfall to heavy in Darwin with 437mm (17inch) rainfall. In general it is also a sunny month with an average of 276 hours of sunshine in Melbourne during the whole month.

Where to go in Australia in January

Find the average weather conditions in January for the most popular destinations in Australia on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailed information.

Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20-29ºC / 68-84ºF and not too much precipitation (less than 90mm / 3.5inch a month).

Popular destinations in Australia

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

Average weather in Melbourne

In January Melbourne generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 27°C (81°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 14°C (58°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Melbourne
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
25°C / 77°F 
13°C / 55°F 
265 hours 
55mm / 2.2inch 
9 days 
27°C / 81°F 
14°C / 58°F 
276 hours 
40mm / 1.6inch 
8 days 
27°C / 80°F 
15°C / 58°F 
227 hours 
42mm / 1.7inch 
7 days 
Climate in Melbourne

Average weather in Sydney

In January Sydney generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 27°C (81°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 20°C (68°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Sydney
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
26°C / 79°F 
18°C / 65°F 
257 hours 
72mm / 2.8inch 
8 days 
27°C / 81°F 
20°C / 68°F 
233 hours 
92mm / 3.6inch 
8 days 
27°C / 80°F 
20°C / 68°F 
207 hours 
132mm / 5.2inch 
9 days 
Climate in Sydney

Average weather in Gold Coast

In January Gold Coast generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 29°C (84°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 22°C (72°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant that month.

Gold Coast
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
28°C / 82°F 
21°C / 69°F 
250 hours 
135mm / 5.3inch 
9 days 
29°C / 84°F 
22°C / 72°F 
230 hours 
126mm / 5inch 
9 days 
29°C / 84°F 
22°C / 71°F 
210 hours 
182mm / 7.2inch 
10 days 
Climate in Gold Coast

Average weather in Brisbane

In January Brisbane generally has very warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 30°C (87°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 22°C (71°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are tolerable that month.

Brisbane
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
30°C / 86°F 
21°C / 69°F 
265 hours 
130mm / 5.1inch 
9 days 
30°C / 87°F 
22°C / 71°F 
268 hours 
143mm / 5.6inch 
8 days 
30°C / 87°F 
22°C / 71°F 
233 hours 
149mm / 5.9inch 
10 days 
Climate in Brisbane

Average weather in Perth

In January Perth generally has very warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 31°C (88°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 18°C (64°F) and low monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Perth
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
29°C / 85°F 
17°C / 62°F 
354 hours 
9mm / 0.4inch 
5 days 
31°C / 88°F 
18°C / 64°F 
355 hours 
19mm / 0.7inch 
3 days 
32°C / 89°F 
18°C / 65°F 
320 hours 
14mm / 0.6inch 
3 days 
Climate in Perth

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

Is January the best time to go to Australia?

In our opinion January is one of the best times to visit Australia with commonly perfect weather in Melbourne. However, the weather conditions may vary depending on your destination.

On average the best time to visit Australia is in January, February, March, April, October, November and December with generally perfect weather in Melbourne. The worst months are May, June, July and August that can have tolerable weather conditions.

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