Where is hot in January?

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We want to help you answer the question where is hot in January! So, we have created our list (in temperature order!) of some of the hot places in January, starting with the hottest destination…  Phuket in Thailand.

If you are wondering where to go in January? Our list covers a variety of winter sun holidays, from far flung destinations to cheap sun holidays nearer to home.

Hot places in January


LocationAvg. TempSunshine (hrs)Currency
Phuket27 °C9Thai Baht
Saigon27 °C5Vietnamese Dong
Barbados26 °C9Barbados Dollar
Mauritius26 °C5Mauritian Rupee
Cozumel24 °C7Mexican Peso
Cape Town22 °C10.54South African Rand
Miami20 °C6US dollar
Auckland20 °C8New Zealand dollar
Dubai19 °C8UAE Dirham
Tenerife17 °C6Euro


The best beach holiday destinations in January?

If you are wondering where to go in January for a beach holiday.
Best beach holiday destinations from our top 10 list are:

  1. 1. Phuket
  2. 2. Barbados
  3. 3. Mauritius
  4. 4. Cozumel
  5. 5. Miami
  6. 6. Tenerife

If you are looking for a short-haul January sun holiday option, the Canaries islands are about a 4.5 hour flight from UK.  Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, and Fuerteventura should be top of your list when looking for a January beach holiday in Europe.

1. Phuket, Thailand

weather in Phuket in January

Average Temperature: 27°C
Sunshine: 9 hours

This island destination in Thailand is a popular sun holiday spot and one of the hottest destinations. Thailand weather has a typical tropical climate with a dry and wet season. For sun lovers the weather in Phuket in January is perfect with the mercury rising up to the early thirties. Phuket temperatures range from average lows of 22 to highs 32 degrees. It is ideal weather for swimming or topping up your tan.

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2. Saigon, Vietnam

The weather in saigon in January

Average Temperature: 27°C
Sunshine: 5 hours

Vietnam weather in January is nice and hot with plenty of sunshine. In fact, it is blessed with good weather all year round. Saigon is a bustling city and is considered the pearl of the Far East. January is a great time of year to visit this city as it sits in the middle of the dry season and Lunar New Year celebrations are often carried out in late January. The temperatures in Saigon can vary from average lows of 22 to highs 32 degrees at this time of year.

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3. Barbados, Caribbean

weather in Barbados in January

Average Temperature: 26°C
Sunshine: 9 hours

Barbados is a Caribbean island loved by sun worshippers for its warm tropical weather all year around. It is a great destination for those looking for a winter sun holiday. Caribbean weather in January varies from mid to high twenties (degrees Celsius). If you’re going to Barbados at the start of the year, you can look forward to warm weather with plenty of sunshine.

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4. Mauritius

Average Temperature: 26°C
Sunshine: 9 hours

Mauritius is located off the east coast of Africa and has one of those enviable hot all-year-round climates. The weather in Mauritius in January varies from 24 to 28 degrees with 9 hours of sunshine a day. It is the perfect beach holiday destination for those looking for some January sun.

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5. Cozumel, Mexico

Average Temperature: 24°C
Sunshine: 7 hours

Typically, weather in Mexico is generally warm and pleasant with very little rain at this time of year. Cozumel weather in January varies from 28 to 20 degrees with sea temperature of 27 degrees, making it an ideal beach holiday destination with plenty of sunshine.

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6. Cape Town, South Africa

Average Temperature: 22°C
Sunshine: 10.54 hours

It is a great time of year to visit Cape Town. The weather in Cape Town in January is generally dry and hot with plenty of sunshine as it is the middle of their summer. Cape Town temperatures average around 22 degrees, but you can get high 26 degrees and over. Cape Town is a popular swimming and surfing spot with warm water, as the average sea temperature is 20 degrees, it is a great sun holiday destination.

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7. Miami, Florida

Average Temperature: 20°C
Sunshine: 6 hours

There’s a reason it’s called the sunshine state, Florida weather is sunny all year round. Miami temperatures can reach average highs of 23 degrees in January. Miami lies on the southern coast of Florida and is one of the most popular places to visit in Florida. Famous for its beaches and party going atmosphere.

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8. Auckland, New Zealand

Average Temperature: 20°C
Sunshine: 8 hours

Typically, Auckland weather in January can reach highs of 23 degrees. It a great city to visit if you’re looking for some winter sun. Temperatures in Auckland can range between average lows of 17 and highs of 23 degrees at this time of year.

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9. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Average Temperature: 19°C
Sunshine: 8 hours

Dubai weather in January is warm with plenty of sunshine. It is one of the better times of the year to visit as you avoid the scorching temperatures of summer. Temperatures in Dubai range from average lows of 14 and highs of 23 degrees at this time of year making it is an ideal winter sun destination.

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10. Tenerife, Canary Islands

Average Temperature: 17°C
Sunshine: 6 hours

Looking for a where is hot in January short-haul option? With a flight time of just over 4 hours, The Canaries are a great beach holiday destination in Europe. Located off the coast of West Africa, Tenerife is one of the largest of the Canary Islands and has warm weather all year around. Its geographical location means it is one of the hottest places in Europe in January to visit. Typically, Tenerife weather in January is warm and sunny, with daily averages of 17 degrees. The temperatures in Tenerife can range from average lows of 14 to highs of around 20 degrees. This makes it a great cheap sun holiday getaway for those looking for some winter sun.

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Planning a sun holiday and not sure about January? Check out our sun holiday guides:


*Historical monthly average weather data from Holiday-Weather.com

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