January is an excellent time to visit Cancun as it falls during the warm, dry season – although it can get very crowded (and expensive) during the New Year holidays.
You can expect warm, dry weather with around seven hours of sunshine daily and the occasional brief rain shower. January is the coolest month of the year.
How hot is it in Cancun in January?
Daytime temperatures in Cancun in January usually reach an average high of 27°C (80°F), with warm to high heat and humidity, and low of 19°C (66°F).
However, on the warmest days of the month, the temperature may climb to around 30°C (86°F).
How sunny is it in Cancun in January?
There are usually seven hours of sunshine each day in Cancun in January – that's around 63% of daylight hours.
Sunrise & sunset in January?
Sunrise is around 7:25am with sunset around 6:27pm.
How warm is the sea around Cancun in January?
The average sea temperature in Cancun in January is 26°C (78°F), which is pleasant for swimming.
Does it rain in Cancun in January?
There is usually 65mm (2.5in) of rainfall in Cancun in January, distributed across six days.
How windy is it in Cancun in January?
January sees an average hourly wind speed of 14 kilometres per hour (8.7 mph; 7.6 knots).
What to do in Cancun in January?
January is excellent for all water sports, including windsurfing, sailing, water skiing, kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing, swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving.
It’s also an excellent time to explore the ancient Mayan ruins at Tulum, Chichén Itzá and Coba or indulge in an adventure tour through the wetlands of Sian Ka’an.
Keen anglers may wish to participate in the annual Handline Barracuda Tournament, held in late January on the nearby island of Isla Mujeres.
New Year's Day – 1st Jan.
January is peak season in Cancun, with higher hotel rates (especially during the first week) and the need to book hotel and flights early.
|High Temp: 27°C (80°F)|
|Low Temp: 19°C (66°F)|
|Sunshine: 7 hrs per day|
|Daylight: 11 hrs per day|
|Wind speed: 14 km/h (8.7 mph; 7.6 knots)|
|Wet Days: 6 days|
|Rainfall: 65mm (2.5in) per month|
|Comfort Level: Moderate heat & 78% humidity|
|UV Index: High|
|Sea Temp: 26°C (78°F)|
The best time to visit Cancun for a beach holiday is during the warm, dry season from December through April, with March the ideal time as it's the driest month and humidity is low.
You can expect sunny, dry days with an average high temperature of 29°C (84°F).
Cancun has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons: a warm, relatively dry season from November through April, and a hot and humid, wet season from May though October.
Note: Meteorological data for Cancun is based on weather statistics gathered for the 10-year period 2010 to 2020, and is sourced from the Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) – Mexico's national weather organisation – at the closest weather station, Cancun International Airport (CUN), which is located 20km (12mi) south of central Cancun. 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: Cancun Weather in January: 8 October, 2023
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