What’s the weather like in South Africa in January?
In January, South Africa is in the middle of its summer season with warm temperatures, refreshing seas and plenty of golden sunshine. With dry weather and long days, January is a very popular time of year to visit this beautiful country in the southern hemisphere; perfect for lazy days on the beach, exploring the vibrant cities or adventuring in the great outdoors.
At this time of year, Cape Town has an average temperature of 22°C, with highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C after dark. In Johannesburg, temperatures are just a degree or two lower. With such high temperatures in the daytime you’ll need to apply sun cream regularly and seek shade in the peak of the day, while you may need some extra layers for the cooler evenings. For days on the beach, the sea is a mild 20°C at this time of year. As for wet weather, South Africa expects just 20mm of rain this month.