Averages for Melbourne in January

What's the Weather Like in Melbourne in January

Since January comes in the middle of summer in the Southern Hemisphere, this is one of the warmest times of the year to visit Melbourne. Because there are so many visitors, be sure to book a hotel as soon as possible and be prepared for crowds at the more popular sites and restaurants. As long as you can handle the increased tourist numbers, this is a great time to visit Melbourne. 

Temperature

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  • Temperature Temperature 21°C 70°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 26°C 79°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 15°C 59°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 11 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 47 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 8.3 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 17°C 63°F

Daily averages for Melbourne

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°F 68 66 68 68 68 68 68 66 68 72 73 68 68 68 70 70 70 68 70 73 68 70 68 68 72 70 70 70 70 70 68

What's the Weather Like in Melbourne in January

Since January comes in the middle of summer in the Southern Hemisphere, this is one of the warmest times of the year to visit Melbourne. Because there are so many visitors, be sure to book a hotel as soon as possible and be prepared for crowds at the more popular sites and restaurants. As long as you can handle the increased tourist numbers, this is a great time to visit Melbourne. 

Temperature

Even though temperatures are warm during this time of the year, there is the outside chance of a brief cooling trend. This is due to the fact that the city is situated along the southern coast and can be impacted by storms moving northwards from Antarctica. As a result, be sure to check your extended forecast before leaving home. The average daytime high for this time of the year is a warm 26°C (79°F).  However, a light jacket may be needed at night with temperatures falling to a daily low of 15°C (59°F). Overall, the average daily temperature is 21°C (70°F).

Average Sunshine Hours and Sea Temperature

This is a great time of the year to take advantage of the beautiful beaches near the city. The average water temperature is still a cool 17°C (63°F), but the region does experience an impressive 11 hours of sunshine per day. Therefore, visitors have plenty of time to soak up some rays.

Rain

This time of the year is also one of the driest for the region. It may not necessarily be dry in terms of amounts, but only 8 days of the month see rainfall, on average. The average rainfall amount for the month is still 47mm meaning that the rain can come down hard and fast in some instances. However, it typically won't last too long allowing visitors to get back outdoors and enjoying their holiday down under. 

Melbourne Hotels in January

Situated along the chic Flinders Lane in the centre of the city, the Adelphi Hotel is the place to stay for visitors who don't plan on sparing any expenses during their holiday. Known for its glamorous decor, the hotel comprises a number of rooms and suites, all of which come in a variety of styles and dimensions. January makes a good time to take advantage of the rooftop pool deck, which commands brilliant views over the Melbourne skyline. Indulge yourself at the renowned onsite Om Nom Restaurant. 

For something a little quirkier, why not try the Jazz Corner Hotel? Located opposite the Flagstaff Gardens, this music-themed apartment hotel is only a stone's throw from all the city's museums, shops, bars and restaurants. With their own kitchens and bathrooms, the hotel's suites provide guests with everything they could ever need and offer uncompromising views over the rest of the city. If you're after some evening entertainment, catch a show at the adjacent Bird's Basement jazz bar- just make sure to book in advance. 

Visitors travelling on a budget should consider the Hotel Claremont Guesthouse, which provides quality lodgings at reasonable prices. Set in a handsome colonial townhouse, this guesthouse offers uncomplicated charm and a warm, friendly service. Guests can come and go as they please thanks to 24-hour concierge service and there's a free breakfast to start the day with each morning. 

With a number of prestigious accommodation awards to its name, Home at the Mansion presents the obvious choice for backpackers and young travellers. Located within a prominent heritage building, the hostel oozes character throughout and includes a number of amenities which are designed to make your stay as easy and hassle-free as possible. 

Melbourne Beach for January

With the favourable weather January brings, now is a good time to head to one of Melbourne's beaches and St. Kilda is arguably the most popular in the city, and for good reason. A short tram ride from the centre of town, the beach is easy to access and offers much in the way of watersports facilities. The surrounding neighbourhood has dozens of restaurants, bars and cafes to retreat to when you're done with the beach for the day. 

Bars and Restaurants

A large cosmopolitan city which is home to a broad international community, Melbourne packs a powerful punch as far as its dining and drinking scene is concerned. Whether you're after classic or contemporary, there's something to suit all appetites in Melbourne.

As the name would suggest, seafood is the main catch at Neptune, which ranks as one of the city's most popular fish restaurants. Serving Italian dishes throughout the day, this friendly eatery is the ideal spot for a late lunch, light bite or evening meal, and operates throughout the evening and well into the night as a fashionable cocktail bar. Make reservations before visiting to avoid disappointment. 

Located bang in the centre of town, Don Don should be the first choice of any traveller looking for a quick meal at a reasonable price. Specialising in Japanese fare, this bistro serves up tasty dishes to high standards. The regular buzz of diners throughout the day attests to its reputation as one of the most popular Eastern-themed eateries in the whole city. 

Head to Good Heavens if you're looking for some delicious cocktails in an unbeatable setting. Located on a rooftop in the middle of Melbourne, this funky bar specialises 80s-inspired cocktails, craft beers and wines which exclusively come from Australia. 

For an American-style brunch, take a table at Bowery to Williamsburg. Inspired by a New York Subway station, this all-day diner serves some of the city's best deli food and is famous for its bagels, sandwiches and coffees. The diner operates with an industrious efficiency, although that doesn't compromise on the sophistication of the place or friendliness of its staff. 

Things to do in Melbourne in January

Tennis fans can't afford to miss the Australian Open which takes place in Melbourne each January. Bringing together some of the most eminent tennis stars in the world, make sure you book your tickets early, as the event is known to sell out quickly. Also be prepared for the warm weather and wear light colored clothing and liberally apply sunscreen before heading to the courts.

If you're visiting Melbourne towards the end of the month, do as the locals do and join the Australia Day celebrations which encompass the city. In the centre of town you'll see the main parade, along with the flag-raising ceremony at Melbourne Town Hall. Following the parade, festivities move to Kings Domain Gardens and the Docklands in the evening for a spectacular fireworks display. 

Fans of architecture and heritage will appreciate the imposing St. Paul's Cathedral, which is located in the heart of Melbourne near Flinders Street railway station. Dating back to the 1800s, the cathedral is a fine example of the Gothic Revival style and is open throughout the week to visit and explore. It makes a great spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy city centre. 

Head across the street to the striking Federation Square complex, one of the cultural hubs of this thriving city which has something to offer everyone. Film lovers will enjoy the Australian Centre for Moving Image, which celebrates the classics of Aussie cinema and runs a regular series of exhibitions, workshops and screenings throughout the year. 

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