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Jamaica Weather In January
by Deon Spence - Associate Writer

Where can you go to escape the harsh brutality of winter?  Jamaica of course! 

It’s the place where the sun softly kisses your skin and it’s like summer all over again. The month of January in Jamaica can be best described as one that is filled with lots of sunshine and small amounts of rain, traditionally the 'coolest' month!

Locals will tell you that they will feel a noticeable difference in the drop in temperature, but for visitors escaping the winter, the Jamaica January weather is a truly warm haven.

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Will it be warm enough in January?

You can be absolutely sure that you will find it warm enough wherever you go in Jamaica!  It does not snow in Jamaica as we have a tropical climate.

So basically all year round we enjoy warm temperatures, with of course slight drops in temperature during the winter months but still warm enough to swim, walk, jog, have a barbecue or what ever it is you usually do in the summer.

You can expect to get a full 8 hours of sunshine and maybe around 8 days with minimal rainfall during the month.  The driest time of the month is usually closer to the end of the month so be sure to check the forecast for your travels!

Let’s take a look at the weather in January in different parts of the island.

January Weather in Montego Bay, Jamaica

In Montego Bay, you will find average January temperatures ranging from 21°C (69°F) to 28°C (82°F), perfect for strolling and shopping along the “Hip Strip” or taking a dip in the warm, crystal clear waters at the Doctor’s Cave Beach.

And for the night-life fanatics, no problem, enjoy cool, crisp air as you party all night long.

Read more on the weather in Montego Bay here.

January Weather in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

There are usually lots of tourists visiting the north-coast town of Ocho Rios during the month of January who can’t seem to soak up enough of the majestic sunshine along the coast. 

Although January is usually a very dry month, it is the coolest month of the year!

You will find temperatures ranging from 23°C (73°F) to 29°C (84°F) in Ocho Rios.  You will also find that the average temperature is around 26°C (79°F). 

For the ocean-lovers, you will find temperatures of about 27°C (81°F). So, you see it’s relatively warm and ideal for some awesome activities.

How to enjoy the Ocho Rios Weather:

  • A swim in the Turtle Beach right in the heart of Ocho Rios with its many amenities.

    You could also choose to just lie on the beach on the sun beds or relax under the beach umbrellas enjoying the food and drink selections.

    You will find that there will be lots of fun activities such as motorized and non-motorized sports.  Don’t forget to take your sun-screen lotion!

  • A visit to the famous Dunn’s River Falls and Park. Climbing 600 ft all the way to the top for the more adventurous.

  • Exploring the beautiful botanical garden of Shaw Park Gardens with over 600 different species of plants on over 25 acres of land and also boasting a magnificent waterfall.
  • Editors' Note: Try the Turtle River Falls as well for family picnics

January Weather in Port Antonio, Jamaica

Whether you plan to visit the James Bond Beach or to spend some time at the magnificent "Golden Eye Resort", you will find that the average January temperatures in Portland ranges from 19°C (67°F) to 28°C (83°F). Perfect for excursions and outdoor activities!

January Weather in Kingston Jamaica

It’s an awesome time to visit the Port Royal or the Bob Marley museum in Kingston or even to take a city tour. 

You will notice that temperatures in Kingston gets a bit higher than other places in Jamaica - as is normally the case.

Temperatures during this time will range from 21°C (70°F) to 30°C (87°F). Don’t forget to wear light (but appropriate) clothing and your sun-screen.

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January Weather – Other Places in Jamaica

You will find that the average temperature in January for most places in Jamaica will be around 26°C (79°F).

This tropical paradise is almost like having summer all year round!

The only exception with temperatures during this time would have to be the Blue Mountains. 

If you plan to visit the Cinchona Gardens in the Blue Mountains for example, be prepared for temperatures ranging from 12°C (53°F) to 20°C (68°F). 

Naturally temperatures here would be much lower for a mountain with an elevation of almost 5000 feet!

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So Is January A Good Time To Visit Jamaica?

Absolutely! The month of January is considered by many persons (especially those traveling from the north) as the best month to visit because of its “fine weather”.

To complement the nice warm weather, you will also find that you will be in for some good outdoor entertainment, excursions, sun-filled beaches and great hospitality. 

Why not start planning your trip today!

What's The Weather Forecast For January Next Year

Accuweather provides one of the neatest tools! Here below is a screenshot of the weather forecast for next January.

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You can get the latest update by visiting this link on their website.

By The Way...

If not yet done, be sure to read our articles on the climate of Jamaica, by month, very insightful!

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