Hayman Island, Hayman Island Hayman Island, Whitsundays – Image courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Whitsundays Weather in January

January is a good time to visit the Whitsundays, 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.

Be prepared for thunder, lightning and heavy rainfall. It’s best to carry an umbrella or rain jacket.

January is the hottest month in the Whitsundays with an average high temperature of 31°C (88°F) but it's not unknown to hit 34°C (93°F).

Despite the occasional rain shower, January is still a good time to enjoy the Whitsundays' 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 Whitsundays during this time. The risk of being stung is small. Sharks are generally not regarded as a risk.

Australia Day is celebrated on January 26. This is peak summer season in the Whitsundays – flights and hotel rooms need to be booked well in advance.


Whitsundays – January Weather Averages

Ave Temp (°C) Temperature icon  27°C (81°F)
Ave High Temp (°C) Temperature icon  31°C (88°F)
Ave Low Temp (°C) temperature icon  25°C (77°F)
Sunshine (Hrs daily) sun icon  9 hours per day
Daylight (Hrs daily) 13  13 hours per day
Comfort Level High heat & humidity icon  High heat & 76% humidity
UV Index 11  Extreme
Days with some Rain umbrella icon  12 days
Ave Rainfall (mm) rain cloud  200mm
Sea Temp (°C) swimming icon  28°C (82°F)
Hayman Island, Whitsundays

Best time to visit the Whitsundays

For the best weather visit the Whitsundays anytime between May and November. However, late March through December are considered the best holiday months.

The Whitsundays enjoy a year-round tropical climate of hot, wet summers, warm, dry winters and a pleasant spring and autumn.

Whitsundays Weather Overview


The Whitsundays – Monthly Review

January February March April
May June July August
September October November December

Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with additional historical climate data sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia.


Latest update: Whitsundays weather in January: 18 November, 2018


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