Averages for Orlando in January

What's the Weather Like in Orlando in January?

Temperature

Orlando has fantastic all round weather but there are still some slight variations from month to month. The city is still fairly warm during the winter so it's a popular getaway for those who want to escape the bitter cold of home.

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  • Temperature Temperature 15°C 59°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 21°C 71°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 9°C 47°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 7 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 57 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 10 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 23°C 73°F

What's the Weather Like in Orlando in January?

Temperature

Orlando has fantastic all round weather but there are still some slight variations from month to month. The city is still fairly warm during the winter so it's a popular getaway for those who want to escape the bitter cold of home.

January is therefore a good time to come if you want to visit the theme parks as the temperatures are comfortable and it's not too crowded. The first week of the month may still be quite busy from the Christmas holidays, so go later on if you want to avoid the masses.

January is characterised by a contrast of warm days and chilly evenings. It may be one of the cooler months, but it still has an average daytime maximum temperature of around 21°C, which is around 71°F, while the average minimum temperature falls down to 9°C, or 47°F. It will seem cold to the locals who will usually be wrapped up but it's fairly warm for tourists so it's safe to bring the shorts.

Average Sunshine Hours

Sunshine averages just under 220 hours in January, with the average amount of sunshine expected at 7 hours per day. Florida's tropical climate and relative proximity to the equatorial area means that sunshine levels remain fairly consistent throughout the year.

Rain

There's only a slight chance of rain with an average monthly precipitation of 57 mm, and it's not too humid, so if you want a pleasant winter holiday, visit in January. However it's not entirely predictable – in 1998 El Nino brought about an unusually wet January to Orlando, so come prepared.

Orlando Hotels in January

There are a range of accommodation options in Orlando depending on what you want to do and where you want to be.

If you're planning on visiting Disney World and on a budget, there's Clarion Inn nestled in a beautiful setting in Lake Buena Vista only 5 minutes from Downtown Disney. Rooms have all the usual amenities, plus a fridge and microwave, while the hotel has a bar, buffet restaurant and mini-mart. It offers a range of packages from the 'Theme Park Survival Package' to the 'Romantic Getaway' package.

If you'd rather go self-catered, there's the centrally located Extended Stay America – Pointe Orlando on Universal Boulevard. Aside from your fully equipped kitchen you'll get a free breakfast each morning, a shuttle to Walt Disney World, as well as use of a 24 hour fitness centre, pool and outdoor barbeque grills.

Bars and Restaurants

There are more than 4000 restaurants in Orlando so there's bound to be something to suit your taste. If you're after some typical American food, head to Spencer's for Steaks and Chops, a highly rated steakhouse located at the Hilton Orlando serving USDA prime beef, dry aged for up to 28 days.

Or for authentic Italian cuisine, head to Maggiano's Little Italy on International Drive. It may not be the cheapest but the portions are generous so it's great value. Try the Ravioli stuffed with roasted mushrooms and Parmesan cheese with spinage and sun-dried tomatoes.

If you're in the mood for something a bit more exotic, then check out the Taverna Opa Restaurant on International Drive. This Greek-themed eatery serves up quality meze and is famous for its belly dancing shows which take place every evening from 7pm onwards.

In terms of nightlife, there are plenty of pubs, bars and clubs to try in the city. Why not grab a Guinness at Murphy's Arms Pub on International Drive next to Gator Golf. This friendly family-owned Irish pub has daily pitcher offers, karaoke, live sports and beer pong every Friday.

If you're in search of a more sophisticated way to enjoy your evening, get on down to Howl at the Moon, a duelling piano bar with a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Two pianists duel every hour and at the end of their time two more take over. All four play at once for a few songs during the crossover, which they call the four-way. Be sure to try one of their signature cocktails.

Things to do in Orlando in January

Why not take advantage of the pleasant weather and short queues by heading to Epcot, one of the four theme parks at Disney World. Experience a place that is out of this world in the Future World zone with Mission: SPACE rocket ship simulator, and you'll feel like you're flying on the Soarin' ride.

Go on a global adventure in the World Showcase area where you'll find shops and restaurants representing countries from Mexico to Morocco. Don't miss the amazing IllumiNations firework, laser and water show over the lagoon every evening.

If you're more into your literature, head to the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre located within the scenic Loch Haven Cultural Park. The venue is host to a range of plays and shows throughout the year including those by Shakespeare. A great way to enjoy an evening in Orlando, there's even theatre for young audiences and they hold workshops if you want to try your hand at acting.

For those who are interested in one of the worst maritime disasters in history, The Titanic Artifact Exhibition on International Drive is well worth a visit. Immerse yourself in the 100 year old story as trained actors in period dress guide you through the Titanic tale.

The recently redesigned museum features 10 full-scale recreations from the ship including the Grand Staircase along with 400 historic treasures and artefacts recovered from the wreck.

Why not return on a Wednesday, Friday or Saturday night for the Titanic Dinner Show. You'll feast on a three-course meal, interact with notable Titanic passengers and the night also includes a re-enactment of that fateful night back in 1912.

Feel like doing a bit of shopping? Then make the Disney Boardwalk part of your itinerary. Set on the shores of Orlando's Bay Lake, this spectacular shopping and dining complex recreates the atmosphere of an early 20th century beach resort on the Atlantic Coast and should be your first port of call if you feel like indulging yourself or stocking up on some souvenirs. 

Time to celebrate

January is a time for festivities, and Disney World in Orlando is no exception to the rule. Epcot International Festival of the Arts comes together at this time of the year to comprise the best of food, art, music and showbiz. 

January events in Orlando

Public Hoilday

New Year's Day

1st January 2018

New Year's is one of the busiest times of the year in Orlando. Most holiday makers will spend the day at one of the theme parks such as DisneyWorld or Orlando Universal Studios. However, if you want to escape the crowds why not head to the Moss Park for a picnic or the Bill Frederick Park for some fishing.

Website:

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowTopic-g34515-i19-k4613175-What_to_do_on_New_Year_s_day_apart_from_T

Sports

Annual Capital One Bowl

1st January 2018

January in Orlando marks the beginning of college baseball season. American football enthusiasts can also head to one of the annual college games, for example Annual Capital One Bowl on January 1st.

Website:

http://capitalonebowlgame.com/

Festival

Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Celebration

15th January 2018 to 17th January 2018

The Martin Luther King Jr. multicultural celebration is held on the weekend of King's birthday. The festival offers entertainment for all the family, with parades, live acts and children's activities.

Website:

http://www.multicultural.ufl.edu/programs/mlk_celebration/

Zora Festival

20th January 2018 to 28th January 2018

'Zora' is an African American Festival which attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year with its art, music, dance and Pulitze prize winning poetry. 2017 marks the 28th Annual ZORA Festival!

Website:

http://zorafestival.org/

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