January – one of the coldest months in the Bahamas – is an excellent time to visit the Bahamas since it falls during the winter dry season.
You can expect warm weather, mainly clear skies and around seven hours of sunshine daily in January.
Here are the average temperatures in the capital, Nassau, located on New Providence Island – one of the most popular islands in the Bahamas.
How hot is it in the Bahamas in January?
Daytime temperatures usually reach 26°C (78°F) in the Bahamas in January, with low to moderate heat and humidity, falling to 18°C (64°F) at night.
Note: the north-western islands, including New Providence, Grand Bahama, Great Abaco, Andros, Harbour Island and Eleuthera are cooler in winter than the south-eastern islands.
How sunny is it in the Bahamas in January?
There are normally seven hours of sunshine each day in the Bahamas in January – that's around 66% of daylight hours.
Sunrise & sunset in January?
Sunrise is around 6:55am with sunset around 5:40pm.
How warm is the sea around the Bahamas in January?
The average sea temperature at the Bahamas in January is 25°C (77°F), which is comfortable for swimming, snorkelling and diving.
Does it rain in the Bahamas in January?
There are usually 50mm (2in) of rainfall in the Bahamas in January, distributed across eight days on average.
How windy is it in the Bahamas in January?
January has an average hourly wind speed of around 22 kilometres per hour (14 mph; 12 knots). The predominant wind direction is from the south.
What to do in the Bahamas in January?
Weather conditions in the Bahamas in January are excellent for watersports, including swimming, snorkelling and diving.
Hire a bare-boat or skippered yacht to explore these picture-perfect islands – the Bahamas are regarded as one of the Caribbean’s great cruising destinations.
New Year's Day – 1st Jan; Majority Rule Day – 10th Jan. High season runs from mid-December to mid-April, when you can expect higher hotel prices.
|High Temp: 26°C (78°F)|
|Low Temp: 18°C (64°F)|
|Sunshine: 7 hours per day|
|Daylight: 11 hours per day|
|Wind speed: 22km/h (13 mph; 11 knots)|
|Rainfall: 50mm (2in) monthly average|
|Wet Days: 8 days with some rain|
|Comfort Level: Low heat & 80% humidity|
|UV Index: Medium|
|Sea Temp: 25°C (77°F)|
|Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas|
The best time to visit the Bahamas is from November to April during the winter dry season.
Considered a year-round destination, the Bahamas typically experience a hot tropical climate with a warm and dry winter season from November to April, and a hot, rainy summer season from May to October.
Note: Meteorological data for the Bahamas is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020, and is sourced from the Bahamas Department Of Meteorology at the closest weather station, Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS), located 14km (8mi) west of central Nassau in New Providence Island, Bahamas. Additional climate data is sourced from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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: The Bahamas weather in January: 27 October, 2023
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