What’s the weather like in South Africa in January?
South Africa weather in January is lovely and warm, making it the perfect holiday destination to escape the cold, damp weather back home in exchange for a warmer climate.
Located in the southern hemisphere, South Africa experiences summer in January. This means you can expect plenty of warm sunshine and high temperatures throughout the month. South Africa has a temperate climate and is surrounded by the Atlantic and the Indian Ocean, which influences the weather in January. If you’re staying in the southwest near Cape Town, you’ll have mild temperatures with warm seas. In the northwest, the climate is more dry and hot than the rest of the country but generally, you can expect warm weather in the summer with some rainfall.
The average temperature in South Africa in January is 18°C. Things are slightly warmer near Johannesburg, which has a daily average of 21°C, which makes January the hottest month of the year. Rainfall is around 18mm per month with wetter weather in the areas with a subtropical climate, which can have up to 130mm over the month. There are 12 hours of warm sunshine per day, giving you lots of daylight to explore the region and do some sightseeing during your stay.