Las Vegas: January Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||8 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||43 %|
|Rainfall days||6 days|
|Chance of Rain||11 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||17 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||13 %|
Averages for Las Vegas in January
On average, January is the coldest month of the year in Las Vegas, USA. At the beginning of the month, the average temperature starts off at 8°C (created by highs of 13°C and lows of 3°C), before rising steadily throughout the month up to 9°C (highs of 14°C and lows of 4°C) in the middle of the month and up to 10°C (highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C) by the end.
Although it only occurs on an average of once every ten days, temperatures have been known to exceed 20°C and fall below 0°C in Las Vegas in January. The highest temperature ever experienced by Las Vegas in January is 24°C, whilst the lowest temperature ever felt in the city during this month is -8°C.
With such cold average temperatures, January is an ideal month to visit Las Vegas if you plan on spending a lot of time inside, playing the slots in casinos and watching shows. If you want to explore the city and see the sites, you’re best off visiting during the warmer spring months, such as April or May. If you do choose to visit in this month, make sure you pack plenty of warm clothing, such as jeans, trousers, jumpers, coats, hats, scarves and gloves.
January isn’t a particularly wet month for Las Vegas. Around January 1st there is an 11% chance of rainfall, rising up to 13% by January 21st and peaking at 15% on January 29th. The most common forms of precipitation for Las Vegas in January are light rain, followed by moderate rain, light snow and heavy rain. Overall, Las Vegas sees an average of 15mm/1 inch of precipitation each January which is divided between six rainy days.
Over the course of the month, the sun shines for an average of eight hours each day and with median cloud coverage of 0%, you should be able to see it clearly. Despite the sunshine, the low average temperatures of January mean that you’ll still need to wrap up warm to venture outside – even if the sun is shining.
Due to its desert location, Las Vegas is fairly dry throughout the year. In January, the relative humidity ranges between 25% (dry) and 62% (mildly humid), rarely falling below 14% (very dry) or going above 88% (very humid). The air is normally at its driest around January 31st, when the relative humidity falls below 29% three days out of every four, whilst the air is usually at its most humid around January 1st when it rises above 47% three days out of every four.
During an average January, normal wind speeds fluctuate between 0 m/s (calm) and 6m/s (moderate breeze), rarely going above 11 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 3 m/s (light breeze) usually happens around January 31st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s often occurs around January 3rd, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 5 m/s (gentle breeze).
Daytime view of the New York, New York hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada taken by Gage
Things to do
Battlefield Vegas is one of the most popular attractions in the city. Open every day from 9am until 7.30pm, this shooting range boasts the most extensive collection of weapons in Las Vegas, spanning those collected from the trenches in World War I all the way to those used in operations in the Middle East today. There is an extensive range of packages available, each of which features different types of guns according to distinct themes, such as “the battle of El-Alamein”, “black ops gamer” and “Cold War: Nato”. If you’re staying at a hotel on the Las Vegas strip, Battlefield Vegas will send an authentic US military HMMWV vehicle to pick you up and transport you to the shooting range.
For something a bit more family-friendly, make sure you stop by the Fountains of Bellagio during your holiday in Las Vegas. Located in front of the hotel of the same name, these fountains put on an amazing show every 30 minutes between 3pm and 8pm and every 15 minutes between 8am and midnight from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays and Sundays, the show takes place every 30 minutes between midday and 8pm and every 15 minutes between 8pm and midnight. The fountain show is said to be one of the best in the world and includes a mesmerising combination of water, music and light.
If you’re planning on getting married or renewing your vows during your holiday in Las Vegas, consider popping into A Storybook Wedding Chapel. One of the most popular chapels in the city, A Storybook Wedding Chapel is located in a quiet part of the Las Vegas strip and offers state-of-the-art digital photography, onsite florist, web broadcasting services, souvenirs and a round trip limo service from your hotel to the chapel. There are four traditional wedding packages available, plus five Elvis-themed wedding packages.
When it comes to a rock-inspired live show in Las Vegas, you can’t beat Million Dollar Quartet. This family-friendly show takes audiences back to 1956 with four musical impersonators mimicking the skills of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Some of the most popular songs performed include Blue Suede Shoes, Walk the Line, Ghost Riders and Sixteen Tons. Shows take place at the Main Showroom in Harrah’s Las Vegas on Wednesdays at 6.30pm, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 7pm, Mondays and Thursdays at 5.30pm and 8pm.
Bellagio fountain show at night in Las Vegas, Nevada taken by Matze
Eating and drinking out
Carnivore lovers won’t want to miss the chance to dine at Vic and Anthony’s Steak House. Located within the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, this restaurant serves dinner each night between 5pm and 11pm. There are two menus to choose from – the ordinary a la carte menu which features a variety of hot and cold appetisers, salads, steaks, chops, fish, lobster and crab, as well as the distinctive dining deal. This menu is a three course meal, made up of a choice of three appetisers, three main courses, three sides and three desserts and works out fantastic value for money.
If you’re in the mood for Mexican, consider eating at El Dorado Cantina. This upscale 181-seater restaurant serves authentic Mexican food in equally genuine surroundings, with dark wooden furniture, hand-woven wall coverings and antique doors decorating the interior. The menu is made up of a selection of traditional appetizers, soups and salads, plus main courses and desserts. There is also a number of chicken, steak, pork, shrimp, fish and vegetable signature dishes to choose from.
Artisan Lounge is one of the highest-rated bars in Las Vegas. This opulent bar features gold-framed prints and paintings all over the walls, empty frames hanging from the ceiling and statues scattered throughout, creating an abstract artsy feel. It’s open 24-7 and since there is no onsite casino or gambling, it’s a great place to go for a quiet drink during the week before the award-winning parties take place each Friday and Saturday night. Happy Hour takes place every day from 5pm to 7pm and from 11pm to 1am when there’s a 50% discount on all house wine and champagne.
For a bar unlike any other, it’s got to be Mermaid Restaurant & Lounge. Every day (except Tuesdays) on the hour, mermaids dive into the 117,000-gallon water tanks and perform a spectacular underwater version of Swan Lake alongside around 4,000 fish. The restaurant part of the venue is open from Thursday to Monday from 2pm to 9pm, whilst the bar is open from Monday to Sunday from 11am until 1am. There is a wide variety of low-cost snacks, salads, pizzas, burgers and teriyaki bowls available, plus a comprehensive choice of aquatic-themed cocktails.
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada taken by Pedro
Where to stay
Voted the best hotel in Las Vegas by TripAdvisor, the Mandarin Oriental is a luxury hotel on the famous Las Vegas strip. Here you’ll find 392 rooms and suites, ranging from simple standard rooms to deluxe strip-view suites. All of the rooms and suites come equipped with Asian-inspired décor, private bathroom with walk-in shower and Shanghai Tang toiletries, 42” TV, WiFi access and one king-sized bed or two double beds. One of the highlights of the Mandarin Oriental is the sky-high gourmet restaurant which offers views all the way along the Las Vegas strip, as well as the spa which is inspired by 1930s Shanghai.
For something a bit more affordable, check out the ARIA Resort & Casino. This five-star hotel is also situated on the Las Vegas strip and provides accommodation in the form of deluxe rooms and a variety of suites – all of which come with views across the city, room customizing technology, fully-stocked minibar, 42” TV and high speed WiFi access. There are 17 cafes and restaurants within the hotel and guests can take advantage of exclusive dinner + show packages. The onsite casino features slot machines, poker, blackjack, crap and roulette, in addition to many other gambling games.
For a boutique hotel in Las Vegas, you can’t beat the Cromwell. Located directly on the strip, this hotel is made up of 188 Parisian-inspired rooms, divided between luxury and deluxe units, as well as parlour, boulevard, gallery and Cromwell suites. Each of the spacious rooms includes a view of the Las Vegas strip, complimentary Muk toiletries, rain shower, bath robes and a 55” TV. The onsite casino features 440 slot machines and 66 table games, as well as a private casino room which is available to rent. There’s also an Italian restaurant and beach club/nightclub located within the hotel.
The Desert Rose Resort is found 1.5 blocks (that’s a short walk) away from the Las Vegas strip, making it a top pick for travellers in search of some peace and quiet. Accommodation is available in the form of one- and two-bedroom suites and one- and two-bedroom accessible rooms, as well as a two-bedroom accessible condo. Each room features fully-equipped kitchen with appliances, private balcony and king size bed. Onsite services and facilities include free WiFi access, swimming pool, hot tub, fitness centre, barbecue area, free parking and although there are no dining options available on site, there are loads of restaurants only a stone’s throw away.
January events in Las Vegas
Celion Dion at Caesars Palace
2nd January 2015 to 3rd January 2015
Celine Dion, the best-selling female artist in history, will be performing in the Colosseum at the magnificent Caesars Palace from 2nd to 3rd of January. The performance will be directed by Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrilch and will feature a full orchestra, including 31 musicians.
Vegas MLK (Martin Luther King) Day Parade
21st January 2015
In January, Las Vegas hosts the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade. This parade is in honour of Martin Luther King Jr. and boasts a huge array of costumes, floats and parades. At the end of the event, there is even an award ceremony to honour those who have contributed.