Averages for Florida in January
January is the coolest month in Florida, but to a British tourist that is used to cold weather it is a superb change of climate. By all means, wear your shorts during your outings as the day temperature reaches an average high of 22°C; in the evenings, you will want to wear a light jacket as the average low temperature is 9°C, which is not too bad whatsoever considering this is mid-winter. The overall average temperature is a comfortable 16°C—the exact same average temperature is also...
January is the coolest month in Florida, but to a British tourist that is used to cold weather it is a superb change of climate. By all means, wear your shorts during your outings as the day temperature reaches an average high of 22°C; in the evenings, you will want to wear a light jacket as the average low temperature is 9°C, which is not too bad whatsoever considering this is mid-winter. The overall average temperature is a comfortable 16°C—the exact same average temperature is also recorded in the other winter months of December and February.
The seas that surround the Florida peninsula are much warmer than the air at this time of year. With an average sea temperature of 24°C, afternoon swims in the sea are absolutely possible in January, which is precisely why this is such a popular winter beach destination.
Winter falls in the middle of the driest part of the year in Florida—a period that runs from November through April. In January, Miami, the state's flagship beach resort, receives only 71mm of precipitation in total. There are 9 days with rainfall this month. The chance that you will experience some kind of precipitation remains pretty much constant throughout the whole month, ranging around 29%. There are several types of precipitation that may occur, some more frequently than others. Light rain is the most common type, occurring on 45% of the days with rainfall. Moderate rain and thunderstorms may be seen as well, respectively happening on 26% and 14% of those wet days. Drizzle and heavy rain are less likely, but may occur too.
Cloud cover averages 45% this month and doesn't vary all that much. This means that the skies are partly cloudy in January, with occasional overcast but also perfectly clear conditions. Because it may get overcast, the average number of sunshine hours per day is relatively low—yet still quite high, especially when compared to other destinations this time of year. A typical January day has 7 hours of sunshine per day, which is the annual minimum. This rather low number is also due to the shortness of the days in mid-winter. Days in January have between 10.24 and 10.51 hours of daylight.
If you're planning on vacationing in Florida, you can check out the weather forecast for your preferred period on our weather forecast page.
Palm Beach, Key West, Florida
Where to Stay
A cheap but clean accommodation in Key West is the Blue Parrot Inn. This historic B&B is in the heart of Key West's historic old town. Located on a quiet street, this incredibly charming accommodation is housed in a beautiful white wooden house with a large porch—the perfect place to laze away the afternoon with a book. You start every morning with a complimentary breakfast next to the pool before heading out for a day of sunbathing, relaxing or sightseeing.
Another excellent place to stay in Key West in January is La Concha Hotel & Spa, a fine boutique hotel in the old town. While staying there, you can enjoy the views from the rooftop, which is the highest point in all of Key West. Blessed with a superb location, you're within minutes from famous Duval Street and the beach.
For absolute luxury, you can opt for the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel. Set on its own private beach, this fabulous hotel boasts some of the best accommodations in town. You can enjoy all-inclusive packages, superb service and the pool or beach.
Visit one of the most southern points in the USA in Key West
Things to Do
January in Key West Florida is probably the most delicious month of the year. The Florida Keys Seafood Festival is held annually in January. The stars of the show during this yummy event are the fried clam strips, lobster bisques, stone crab claws, grilled spiny lobsters, conch chowders and seafood salads.
While in town, also make sure to visit the abode of the famous author Ernest Hemingway at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Located in the Old Town of Key West, this house was the very place where Ernest Hemingway spent ten years of his writing career.
Outdoor enthusiasts will definitely want to visit the Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. This is well-worth a visit, as you can in engage in a lot of park activities, such as picnicking, swimming, bicycling, hiking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, and even scuba diving.
The dry January weather is also absolutely perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling—visibility is excellent this time of year. If you like to dive, you might want to head down deep and view the Vanderberg Wreck, an artificial reef 42 metres (140 feet) deep.
For free, yet educational, entertainment that the kids can enjoy, go to the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Centre, where they can marvel at fascinating marine life in aquariums.
Experience stunning sunsets in Key West, Florida
Hit the Beach
Key West, as many places in Florida, is home to some spectacular beaches. With sea temperatures ranging around 24°C and very little rainfall, this is a nice month for swimming, snorkelling and diving. Be aware, though, lifeguards are generally not present, so if you're swimming with little children, make sure to always keep an eye on them.
Eating and Drinking Out
Key West, as a beach destination, is home to many a seafood restaurant. Enjoying a fish or seafood dinner is an absolute must-do when staying there, so pay a visit to Conch Public Seafood Company. This is arguably one of the best seafood places in town, offering casual dining in a vibrant atmosphere and looking out over the historic Seaport of Key West. Its daily happy hour is legendary and one of the town's most popular. This is also a popular place for private events, such as weddings and birthday parties.
Two Friends Patio Restaurant & Bar has been serving customers since the 60s and is one of the last surviving eating venues in Key West's historic Old Town. Specialising in seafood, such as crab, oysters and shrimp, this lively restaurant also serves grilled meat, such as ribs and steaks. From breakfast to lunch to dinner and drinks, you can visit Two Friends all day long—the karaoke nights are particularly fun!