Kazakhstan weather in January

Considering a trip to Kazakhstan this January and wondering about the expected weather conditions? Find all the crucial information you need right here, addressing your question:

What is the weather like in Kazakhstan in January?

Kazakhstan has a wide variety of climate types. During January, you can expect temperatures that range from very cold to cold and precipitation levels ranging from low to moderate. January is a winter month.

The average maximum daytime temperatures vary from very cold in Balchasj at -12°C to cold in Aktau at 5°C. Nighttime temperatures generally drop to -1°C in Aktau and -20°C in Balchasj. In general, this month stands out as the coldest period throughout the year. Given the lower temperatures, it's essential to be well-prepared. Packing the right winter clothing and necessary accessories can make a significant difference in ensuring your comfort and well-being during this chilly season.

In January, precipitation varies across different areas. From low snowfall in Ekibastuz with an average of 14 mm to moderate snowfall in Shymkent with 77 mm. In Almaty, this particular month consistently records the lowest levels of rainfall, making it the driest period throughout the entire year. Most areas experience a moderate amount of sunshine, with approximately 117 hours of sunlight expected in Almaty. This makes it neither too gloomy nor overly bright.

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

Where to go in Kazakhstan in January

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

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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).

Popular destinations in Kazakhstan

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

Average weather in Almaty

In January Almaty generally has very low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around -3°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -13°C and low monthly snowfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Almaty
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly snowfall precipitationSnowfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
-1°C 
-10°C 
102 hours 
36 mm 
9 days 
poor 
-3°C 
-13°C 
117 hours 
30 mm 
9 days 
poor 
-1°C 
-10°C 
121 hours 
45 mm 
10 days 
poor 
Climate in Almaty

Average weather in Nur-Sultan

In January Nur-Sultan generally has very low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around -10°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -19°C and low monthly snowfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Nur-Sultan
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly snowfall precipitationSnowfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
-7°C 
-16°C 
95 hours 
29 mm 
13 days 
poor 
-10°C 
-19°C 
103 hours 
22 mm 
13 days 
poor 
-8°C 
-18°C 
147 hours 
24 mm 
11 days 
poor 
Climate in Nur-Sultan

Average weather in Karaganda

In January Karaganda generally has very low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around -9°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -18°C and low monthly snowfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Karaganda
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly snowfall precipitationSnowfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
-7°C 
-16°C 
100 hours 
31 mm 
14 days 
poor 
-9°C 
-18°C 
107 hours 
25 mm 
15 days 
poor 
-8°C 
-17°C 
145 hours 
27 mm 
12 days 
poor 
Climate in Karaganda

Average weather in Atyraū

In January Atyraū generally has very low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around -2°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -9°C and low monthly snowfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Atyraū
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly snowfall precipitationSnowfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
0°C 
-6°C 
78 hours 
20 mm 
9 days 
poor 
-2°C 
-9°C 
100 hours 
21 mm 
8 days 
poor 
-1°C 
-9°C 
140 hours 
18 mm 
6 days 
poor 
Climate in Atyraū

Average weather in Aktobe

In January Aktobe generally has very low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around -8°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -16°C and moderate monthly snowfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Aktobe
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly snowfall precipitationSnowfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
-5°C 
-13°C 
75 hours 
39 mm 
13 days 
poor 
-8°C 
-16°C 
89 hours 
36 mm 
13 days 
poor 
-7°C 
-16°C 
135 hours 
33 mm 
10 days 
poor 
Climate in Aktobe

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Is January the best time to visit Kazakhstan?

In our view, January might not be the best time to travel to Kazakhstan with often poor weather in Almaty.

Generally speaking, June, July, August and September provide perfect weather in Almaty. On the other hand, the months of January, February, March, April, November and December tend to have poor weather conditions.

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