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Visiting Cape Town, South Africa in January

January is one of the best months to visit Cape Town for the best beach weather. It has the most sunshine and best sunbathing and swimming conditions of the year.

January is hot, and generally sunny and pleasant with very long bright days. January is predominantly dry but a bit rainy with occasional light showers, though there are many days with out any rain. Also consider visiting Cape Town in one of the other best months of February, March, December, for the best beach weather.

Also consider one of our other suggestions for January.

Can you sunbathe in Cape Town in January?

Yes, January is a great time for sunbathing in Cape Town. January is hot with lots of sunshine but some overcast and cloudy skies, still great for sunbathing, and there is some chance of rain showers.

The average maximum temperature in Cape Town in January is 27°C (80°F).

More about January temperature and sunshine.

Can you swim in Cape Town in January?

Probably not, January is a little too cold to enjoy swimming in Cape Town for any length of time with the sea water at 20°C (68°F).

More about January sea temperatures.

Is January a good time to holiday in Cape Town?

Yes, January is a great time for a holiday in Cape Town.

January is hot and generally sunny and pleasant with very long bright days. It is predominantly dry but a bit rainy with occasional light showers, though there are many days with out any rain.

It's perfect for laying on the beach and enjoying the sunshine.

The average maximum temperature in Cape Town in January is 27°C (80°F).

More about the January temperatures and sunshine.

How cold is Cape Town in January?

The average minimum temperature in Cape Town in January is 17°C (63°F). The minimum temperature is 16°C (61°F) in the previous month and 17°C (63°F) in the next month.

More about the January temperatures and sunshine.

How sunny is Cape Town in January?

The average day light hours per day in Cape Town in January are 14.2 and there are 10.3 hours of sunshine per day on average during January, making it generally sunny and pleasant with very long bright days.

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Is it warm enough to swim in Cape Town in January?

Probably not, January is a little too cold to enjoy swimming in Cape Town for any length of time with the sea water at 20°C (68°F).

More about January sea temperatures.

Is Cape Town warm in January?

Yes, Cape Town is hot in January.

The average maximum temperature in Cape Town in January is 27°C (80°F). The average maximum temperature is 25°C (78°) in the previous month and 27°C (80°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Cape Town in January is 22°C (71°F). The average temperature ranges is 21°C (69°F) in the previous month and 22°C (71°F) in the next month.

More info about the January temperatures and sunshine.

Temperature in Cape Town in January

The average maximum temperature in Cape Town in January is 27°C (80°F). The average maximum temperature is 25°C (78°F) in the previous month and 27°C (80°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Cape Town in January is 22°C (71°F). The average temperature ranges is 21°C (69°F) in the previous month and 22°C (71°F) in the next month.

The average minimum temperature in Cape Town in January is 17°C (63°F). The minimum temperature is 16°C (61°F) in the previous month and 17°C (63°F) in the next month.

Sunshine in Cape Town in January

The average day light hours per day in Cape Town in January are 14.2 and there are 10.3 hours of sunshine per day on average during January making it generally sunny and pleasant with very long bright days

The ultraviolet index in Cape Town in January is typically 14 during January. An ultraviolet index reading above 11 indicates an extreme risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Unprotected skin risks burning in less than 10 minutes. Take all precautions because unprotected skin and eyes can burn in minutes. Tanning will be safest before 10am and after 4pm but only with a good application of sun screen. For those with sensitive skin stay in the shade and wear protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses. Generously apply broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every 2 hours, even on cloudy days. Watch out for relections from water that may increase ultraviolet exposure.

Sea Temperature in Cape Town in January

The average sea water temperature in Cape Town in January is 20°C (68°F) which is comfortable for swimming though some may prefer warmer water.

Rainfall in Cape Town in January

The average total rainfall in Cape Town in January is 1.6cm (0.6inches) and on average there are 5.4 rainy days in January making it a quite rainy time to visit the beach.

Humidity in Cape Town in January

The maximum dew point (an indicator of humidity) in Cape Town in January is 17°C (63°F) which is OK for most but slightly uncomfortable for some. The dew point is 16°C (61°F) in the previous month and 18°C (18°F) in the next month.

The average maximum relative humidity in Cape Town in January is typically 87.9%. The maximum relative humidity is 86.5% in the previous month and 89.8% in the next month.

The average relative humidity in Cape Town in January is typically 68.5%. The average relative humidity is 66.7% in the previous month and 70.5% in the next month.

Wind Speed in Cape Town in January

The average maximum wind speed in Cape Town in January is typically 36KM/H (22MPH). The average maximum wind speed is 37KM/H (23MPH) in the previous month and 35KM/H (22MPH) in the next month.

The average wind speed in Cape Town in January is typically 21KM/H (13MPH). The average wind speed is 21KM/H (13MPH) in the previous month and 20KM/H (12MPH) in the next month.

The average wind direction in Cape Town in January is from the South-Southwest.

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