Averages for Melbourne in January

Since January comes in the middle of summer in the southern hemisphere, now is one of the warmest times of the year. As a result, this is also the most popular time 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. But if you don't mind crowds, this is the time to see the region.

Even though temperatures are warm during this time of the year, there is the outside cha...

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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

Since January comes in the middle of summer in the southern hemisphere, now is one of the warmest times of the year. As a result, this is also the most popular time 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. But if you don't mind crowds, this is the time to see the region.

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 north 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).

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.

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. 

Where to Stay

Those looking to stay in the lap of luxury will find it at the five-star Crown Towers Hotel. With lavish appointments and unparalleled service, there is nothing to dislike about this establishment. Rooms come in a variety of sizes and styles and are all appointed with the finest in furnishings and amenities. Guests will also enjoy a 25 meter heated pool, gym, tennis courts and outstanding views.

Located just steps away from some of Melbourne's most popular attractions, the Art Series – The Larwill Studio can be your home away from home while on a January holiday. This boutique hotel offers a contemporary design as well as outstanding views from just about every room. Families can also take advantage of the hotel's 'stay and see package' with the nearby Melbourne Zoo.

The Park Hyatt Melbourne is another five-star establishment that is sure to make you feel right at home. Known as one of the best hotels in all of Australia, guests are treated to luxury accommodations everywhere they turn. Each of the 240 guestrooms and suites features robes, Italian marble bathrooms, and much more. Guests may also enjoy the pool, spa, tennis courts, state-of-the-art gym and babysitting service. 

Hit the Beach

If you can only visit one beach near Melbourne during your January holiday, be sure it is St. Kilda. Only a few kilometers from the middle of the city, the beach is easy to access and has all the entertainment your family could want. In addition to being able to take a swim and escape the heat during this time of the year, visitors can also enjoy jet skiing, windsurfing, kite surfing and much more. Be sure to stick around and enjoy the sunset while eating at one of the many nearby restaurants. 

Eating and Drinking Out

Experience Italian food and wine like you never have before at Scopri. Using products from local merchants, the chefs offer a menu that varies with the season and is inspired by all the regions of Italy. Meals are served in the traditional Italian manner of antipasto, pasta, main and dessert. Be sure to pair your meal with one of the wines from a very extensive list. As this is one of Melbourne's most popular restaurants, so be sure to make reservations.

If Asian fusion is more your style, be sure to check out Rice Paper Scissors. Using only the freshest local ingredients, all sauces and relishes are made in-house. This is a great choice if you are dining with a large crowd as all dishes are made to be shared. Be sure to come hungry and thirsty, as the cocktails are just as good as the food.

One of the best martinis in the city can be found at the Gin Palace. This cocktail bar offers everything you want in a bar complete with low lighting, comfortable seating and a welcoming interior. The bartenders are well trained and will welcome you asking for any recommendations. Look for great service and high-end clientele filling the seats.

What to Do

If you are a tennis fan, you simply cannot miss the Australian Open. Held every January as the first leg of the Grand Slam, the event brings out the best players in the world. Be sure to look online for tickets as early as possible as the event is always a sellout. Additionally, be prepared for the warm weather and wear light colored clothing and liberally apply sunscreen before heading to the courts.

Known as one of the top five gay and lesbian celebrations in the world, Midsumma begins in January and runs into the beginning of February each year. The event draws tens of thousands of people each year and features exhibitions in and around the city of Melbourne. From music to dance, art, cabaret and film there is something for everyone to enjoy and see. 

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