Weather in January in South Africa

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

What is the weather like in South Africa in January?

The weather in South Africa in January ranges from tolerable to perfect depending on the destination. January is a summer month in South Africa.

January has maximum daytime temperatures ranging from moderate in Port Nolloth with 20°C (69°F) to very warm temperatures in Upington with 36°C (96°F). Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 20°C (68°F) in Upington and 13°C (55°F) in Port Nolloth. Temperatures can be very high, so be prepared and make sure to pack light clothes.

Precipitation ranges from almost non in Port Nolloth with 2mm (0.1inch) rainfall to high in Pietermaritzburg with 158mm (6.2inch) rainfall. January can be the driest month of the year. In general it is also a sunny month with an average of 338 hours of sunshine in Cape Town during the whole month.

We invite you to have a look at the map below to find out more about the different weather conditions per location in South Africa.

Where to go in South Africa in January

Find the average weather conditions in January for the most popular destinations in South Africa 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 South Africa

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

Average weather in Cape Town

In January Cape Town generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 26°C (79°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 16°C (60°F) and low monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Cape Town
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 
15°C / 59°F 
334 hours 
17mm / 0.7inch 
6 days 
26°C / 79°F 
16°C / 60°F 
338 hours 
14mm / 0.6inch 
6 days 
27°C / 80°F 
16°C / 60°F 
297 hours 
16mm / 0.6inch 
5 days 
Climate in Cape Town

Average weather in Johannesburg

In January Johannesburg generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 26°C (78°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 15°C (59°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant that month.

Johannesburg
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 
14°C / 57°F 
264 hours 
103mm / 4.1inch 
15 days 
26°C / 78°F 
15°C / 59°F 
250 hours 
123mm / 4.8inch 
15 days 
25°C / 77°F 
14°C / 57°F 
225 hours 
94mm / 3.7inch 
11 days 
Climate in Johannesburg

Average weather in Durban

In January Durban generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 28°C (82°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 21°C (70°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant that month.

Durban
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
27°C / 81°F 
20°C / 68°F 
190 hours 
101mm / 4inch 
15 days 
28°C / 82°F 
21°C / 70°F 
183 hours 
130mm / 5.1inch 
15 days 
28°C / 82°F 
21°C / 70°F 
179 hours 
112mm / 4.4inch 
13 days 
Climate in Durban

Average weather in Knysna

In January Knysna generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 24°C (74°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 17°C (63°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Knysna
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
22°C / 72°F 
16°C / 61°F 
345 hours 
64mm / 2.5inch 
13 days 
24°C / 74°F 
17°C / 63°F 
320 hours 
64mm / 2.5inch 
14 days 
24°C / 75°F 
17°C / 63°F 
300 hours 
54mm / 2.1inch 
11 days 
Climate in Knysna

Average weather in Stellenbosch

In January Stellenbosch generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 26°C (79°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 16°C (60°F) and low monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Stellenbosch
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 
15°C / 59°F 
334 hours 
17mm / 0.7inch 
6 days 
26°C / 79°F 
16°C / 60°F 
338 hours 
14mm / 0.6inch 
6 days 
27°C / 80°F 
16°C / 60°F 
297 hours 
16mm / 0.6inch 
5 days 
Climate in Stellenbosch

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

Is January the best time to go to South Africa?

In our opinion January is one of the best times to visit South Africa with commonly perfect weather in Cape Town.

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

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