Averages for Larnaca in January

Weather lowdown

It may not be the prime summer season, when Larnaca, Cyprus, sees the highest number of visiting tourists, but the resort still enjoys warm and pleasant weather year round, making it a hit with holiday makers throughout the year—also in January. Its Mediterranean climate ensures the winters are mild and thus it is an ideal place to visit if you want to enjoy sunny and warm weather at this time of the year.

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  • Temperature Temperature 12°C 53°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 16°C 61°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 7°C 45°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 4 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 60 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 13 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 18°C 65°F

Weather lowdown

It may not be the prime summer season, when Larnaca, Cyprus, sees the highest number of visiting tourists, but the resort still enjoys warm and pleasant weather year round, making it a hit with holiday makers throughout the year—also in January. Its Mediterranean climate ensures the winters are mild and thus it is an ideal place to visit if you want to enjoy sunny and warm weather at this time of the year.

In January, temperatures remain steady and there is still plenty of sun seen every day. The average temperature is 12°C, which is as low as it gets throughout the whole year—not bad by any means. The same average temperature is also recorded in February. In the afternoon, the mercury rises to an average high of 16°C, while at night, it drops to an average low of 7°C. Frost is very unlikely in the resort. The temperature of the Mediterranean Sea averages a chilly 10°C, which is probably not warm enough to go for a swim.

January is one of the absolute wettest months of the year in Larnaca. The total amount of rainfall this month is about 60mm, which, together with February, makes it the second wettest month after December. The number of days with rainfall is 13, which is the highest number of any month in the year. The chance that rainfall occurs ranges around 43%, highest likelihood that it will rain on any given day in the year. There are three main types of rainfall in January. Moderate rain is the most common type, observed on 46% of the days with precipitation. Thunderstorms and light rain are second and third, respectively occurring on 35% and 17% of the rainy days.

Because of this (relatively) high amount of rainfall, the percentage of cloud cover is also at its annual peak this month. Cloud cover averages 46%, making January the cloudiest month of the year. This doesn't mean that it's exceptionally cloudy, though, as the sky in Larnaca is completely overcast only 26% of the time in January.

This means there is about 4 hours of sunshine per day on average in the resort. This is the minimum amount of sunshine hours in the whole year. In the end, however, temperatures of 12°C and 4 hours of daily sunshine still isn't too bad for the heart of winter, especially when compared to the UK weather at this time of the year.

Where to stay

Situated less than 15 minutes from the airport, San Remo Hotel offers accommodation at very reasonable prices. Rooms are equipped with heating and air conditioning, satellite TV, a mini fridge and a balcony. Wi-Fi is available upon request at a minimal cost. The hotel also has a meeting room for up to 50 people, a TV lounge, restaurant/bar, outdoor swimming pool, games room and gym. For some sun and relaxation, the hotel is close to Kastella Beach where you can sunbathe and swim (if you're brave enough at this time of year!), sip cocktails and enjoy breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. For another nice outing, the hotel is quite close to Larnaca Salt Lake where you can see numerous flamingos and other native birds.

Things to do

The slightly cooler weather means this is the ideal time of the year to enjoy some activities in Larnaca, and there is plenty to see and do in the area. The beaches may the place to be in the summer, but the surrounding countryside is a stunning sight that is not to be overlooked in winter. Why not take a trip out on horseback to enjoy parts of Larnaca which reside away from the coast?

You may also want to pay a visit to one of the many historic sites in the area. One such site is the Stavrovouni Monastery, located about 40 kilometres from the resort. This old monastery dates from 330 and is still in use and inhabited today. Set atop a rocky hill, the monastery is open year round and offers great views of the surrounding countryside and Larnaca Bay. Visiting is free, but it is important to know that women aren't allowed inside.

Eating and drinking out

In the heart of the resort lies Campanario Steak House, the very first steak house in Larnaca. Housed in a traditional Cypriot villa, this absolutely recommended restaurant is particularly well-known for its Beef Wellington and Cheese Delight Steak.

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