January is not the best time to visit New Caledonia, as it heralds the rainy season.
You can expect hot, wet and humid weather with around seven hours of sunshine daily interspersed by tropical downpours at any time of the day.
How hot is it in New Caledonia in January?
Maximum daytime temperatures in Nouméa, New Caledonia in January reach an average high of 29°C (84°F), with moderate heat and humidity, and low of 23°C (73°F).
How sunny is it in New Caledonia in January?
There are normally 7.5 hours of sunshine each day in Nouméa, New Caledonia in January – that's around 56% of daylight hours.
Sunrise & sunset in January?
Sunrise is around 5:20am with sunset around 6:40pm.
How warm is the sea around New Caledonia in January?
The average sea temperature in New Caledonia in January is 27°C (80°F), which is pleasant for swimming.
Does it rain in New Caledonia in January?
There are usually 10 days with some rain in New Caledonia in January; the average monthly rainfall is 110mm (4in).
How windy is it in New Caledonia in January?
January sees an average hourly wind speed of 22 kilometres per hour (11 knots; 13 mph).
What to do in New Caledonia in January?
Despite the occasional rain showers, January is still good for sightseeing, sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling and diving.
And anytime is good to explore New Caledonia’s vibrant capital of Nouméa.
New Year's Day – 1st January.
Early January is considered peak season in New Caledonia, when you can expect more visitors, especially during the school holidays, with the need to book hotel and flights early.
|High Temp: 29°C (84°F)|
|Low Temp: 23°C (73°F)|
|Sunshine: 7.5 hours per day|
|Daylight: 13 hours per day|
|Wind speed: 22 km/h (11 knots; 13 mph)|
|Wet Days: 10 days with some rain|
|Rainfall: 110mm (4in) per month|
|Comfort Level: Moderate heat & 80% humidity|
|UV Index: Extreme|
|Sea Temp: 27°C (80°F)|
|Nouméa, New Caledonia|
The best time to visit New Caledonia is from June through December, when the days are warm and sunny, with little or no rain on most days.
But overall, with a sunny year-round subtropical climate, New Caledonia is good to visit at anytime of the year.
Note: Meteorological data for New Caledonia is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020, and is sourced from the Météo France en Nouvelle-Calédonie at the closest weather station, Nouméa Magenta Airport (l'Aéroport de Nouméa Magenta) (GEA), which is 3km (2mi) east northeast of the centre of Nouméa. 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: New Caledonia weather in January: 8 October, 2023
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