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Where’s hot in January?

Written by: Russell Wallace | Travel Insurance Expert
Last updated: 19 January 2023 | Created: 19 January 2023

Where to visit in January?

If you want to find the highest temperatures in January, consider looking at a long-haul destination such as Singapore or Sydney. However, you can still find warm temperatures closer to home in places like Tenerife and Cape Verde.

Where is the hottest place in Europe in January?

If you’re hoping for a sunny European holiday, then Tenerife is your best option. With an average January temperature of 21.1°C and 6 hours of sunshine, the Canary islands have no real winter compared to most of Europe.

Where is sunny in January? Popular destinations:

On average, some of the hottest destinations to visit in January are:
Source: MetOffice




Average temperature in January


Average hours of sunshine in January


Average flight time from the UK




30.5 °C

6 hours

13 hours


30.5 °C

5 hours

10 hours 40 minutes


30 °C

4 hours

10 hours 5 minutes


29.1 °C

9 hours

8 hours 30 minutes

Rio de Janeiro

29 °C

6 hours

11 hours 45 minutes


27.4 °C

8 hours

21 hours 40 minutes

Cape Town

27 °C

11 hours

11 hours 30 minutes

Cape Verde

25.2 °C

6 hours

6 hours


21.1 °C

6 hours

4 hours 25 minutes

Play Blanca

20.5 °C

7 hours

4 hours 15 minutes

Singapore in January

Despite being the country’s coldest month, January still sees average temperatures of 30.5 °C in Singapore. As the county is only a single degree north of the equator, you can expect a consistent climate and temperature year-round.

This does also mean that Singapore also has high levels of rainfall and humidity. Travellers should be aware that January lies in Singapore’s Northeast Monsoon season, so expect heavy rain in the afternoons and evenings.

Cancun in January

Another popular destination with a consistent, tropical climate throughout the year is Cancun, which sees average temperatures of 30.5 °C and around 5 hours of sunshine per day. January is one of the drier months for this part of Mexico, but you may still see some showers during your trip.

January may be one of the best times of year to head off on a Mexican adventure.

Barbados in January

Located in the eastern Caribbean, Barbados offers white sandy beaches and azure blue seas. With around 9 hours of sunshine a day and an average temperature of just over 29 °C, January is a fantastic time to visit the island.

Strong trade winds help to take the edge off the higher temperatures. If you’re a fan of water sports, the sea temperature is around 27 °C, making it a perfect destination for scuba diving or snorkeling.

Rio de Janeiro in January

January is a great time to visit Brazil‘s cultural capital, with average temperatures of 29 °C and six hours of sunshine. You should expect some rain on your trip, as January is also one of the wetter months to visit, with an average rainfall of 114mm.

Sydney in January

While it’s winter here, Sydney and the rest of the Southern Hemisphere are enjoying summer. Sydney offers visitors 8 hours of sunshine a day and average temperatures of 27.4 °C, making it a beautiful place to visit in January.

Like many destinations, Sydney has high humidity and rainfall at this time of year, with 70% humidity in January. However, strong winds of around 13 mph should refresh you during your trip.

Regardless of where you head in January, remember to arrange Comprehensive Travel Insurance before you go.


‘Author notes

Written by Russell Wallace, Copywriter at AllClear
Edited by Nick Heady. Communications Manager at AllClear’