January is a great time to visit Cape Town. It’s mid-summer, so you can expect long days, balmy evenings, and plenty of sunshine. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what to expect from the Cape Town weather in January.

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*Please note some activities listed are closed or not operating during the COVID-19 lockdown.

January temperatures in Cape Town

January gets pretty hot in Cape Town. The average daily temperatures are 17ºC – 28ºC (63ºF – 82ºF), but temperatures can get up to over 30ºC (86ºF) on some days. Chilly days are few and far between, but they can happen. Bring loads of sunblock for warm days, but it’s worth packing a light jacket or similar for the occasional evening chill. However, most days in January are comfortably warm.


January wind in Cape Town

January is one of the windiest months in Cape Town. Its great news for those who want to try their hand at kite surfing or other wind-based activities: in fact it is in late January or early February every year that the Red Bull King of the Air is held. For those who are less enthused by a fresh wind, there are many places you can go to take shelter. There are a few beaches that are well known for being really sheltered, where you’ll be able to lounge in the sun with a book even while the rest of the city is blustering furiously.

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January Rainfall

January is one of the driest months in Cape Town, with an average of only three rainy days in the month.

January daylight hours

January is still mid-summer, so the days are long and sunny. There is an average of 11 hours of daylight per day in January, allowing you plenty of time to explore.

Best activities when visiting Cape Town in January

January is sill peak season in Cape Town, although later in the month it does quiet down a little. Whatever you choose to do, make sure you book your accommodation and activities early to avoid disappointment. January is a great time of year for outdoor activities, like beaches and hiking. It is the best time of year for wind-based activities like kite-surfing. January is perfect for visiting wine farms or enjoying al fresco dining. There are very few cloudy days, so it’s also a good time to enjoy the spectacular scenery.

What to pack for a January vacation

  • Sunblock and hats
  • Insect repellant
  • Cool, light clothing
  • Bathing suit
  • A good wind-breaker type jacket
  • Hiking gear
  • Sandals


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