January is a good time to visit Airlie Beach, despite falling during the wet season.
You can expect sunny skies, warm to hot temperatures and high humidity on most days, with tropical rain showers falling in the late afternoon or early evening.
How hot is it in Airlie Beach in January?
January has an average high temperature of 31°C (88°F) – it's not unknown to hit 33°C (91°F) – in Airlie Beach in January, with high heat and humidity, falling to 22°C (71°F) at night.
How sunny is it in Airlie Beach in January?
There are normally nine hours of bright sunshine each day in Airlie Beach in January – that's around 64% of daylight hours.
How warm is the sea around Airlie Beach in January?
The average sea temperature around Airlie Beach in January is 28°C (82°F), which is very pleasant for swimming.
Sunrise & sunset in January?
Sunrise is around 5:30am with sunset around 7pm.
Does it rain in Airlie Beach in January?
There are usually 12 days with some rain in Airlie Beach in January and the average monthly rainfall is 293mm (11.5in).
Be prepared for thunder, lightning and heavy rainfall. It’s best to carry an umbrella or rain jacket.
How windy is it in Airlie Beach in January?
January sees an average wind speed of around 14 km/h (8.7 mph; 7.6 knots)
The Whitsundays are influenced by the South Pacific trade winds and consequently enjoy predominantly south-east and east winds.
However, north-east winds occur with increasing frequency from September through to January.
What is the chance of a cyclone in Airlie Beach in January?
On average one day in January in Airlie Beach is likely to be affected by the passage of one or more tropical storms.
What to do in Airlie Beach in January?
Despite the occasional rain shower, January is still a good time to enjoy the region’s hiking trails and beaches, snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing.
The stinger season lasts from October to March. A lycra stinger suit should be worn when swimming in the sea around Airlie Beach during this time. The risk of being stung is small. Sharks are generally not regarded as a risk.
New Year's Day – 1st Jan; Australia Day – 26th Jan.
This is the peak holiday summer season in Airlie Beach – flights and hotel rooms need to be booked well in advance to avoid disappointment.
|High Temp: 31°C (88°F)|
|Low Temp: 22°C (71°F)|
|Sunshine: 9 hours per day|
|Daylight: 13 hours per day|
|Wind speed: 14 km/h (8.7 mph; 7.6 knots)|
|Rainfall: 293mm (11.5in) per month|
|Wet Days: 12 days with some rain|
|Comfort Level: High heat & 74% humidity|
|UV Index: Extreme|
|Sea Temp: 28°C (82°F)|
|Airlie Beach, Whitsundays|
Anytime, but for the best weather visit Airlie Beach anytime during the winter dry season from May to November.
Note: Meteorological data for Airlie Beach is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020, and is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) at the closest weather station, Proserpine Airport (PPP), also known as Whitsunday Coast Airport, which is located 39km (24mi) southwest of Airlie Beach. Additional climate data is sourced from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.
Latest update: Airlie Beach weather in January: 29 September, 2023
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