Cape Town Weather January Averages, South Africa

    • Temperature Temperature 22°C 72°F
    • High Temperature High Temperature 26°C 79°F
    • Low Temperature Low Temperature 16°C 61°F
    • Day Temperature Day Temperature 22.6°C 73°F
    • Night Temperature Night Temperature 20.3°C 69°F
    • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 10.54 hours
    • Rainfall Rainfall 20 mm
    • Rainfall Days Rainfall Days 6 days
    • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 20°C 68°F

    Cape Town Weather for January 2021

    What's the weather like in Cape Town in January

    Cape Town is the second largest city in South Africa and is quickly becoming a popular holiday destination. Located on the southern coast of the African continent, most visitors head to Cape Town for the beautiful scenery, cosmopolitan atmosphere and fantastic weather. January is the height of summer weather for this city in the southern hemisphere, with hot afternoons and little precipitation characterising the month in Cape Town.

    The resort enjoys a Mediterranean climate with short, mild winters, which occur June through to August, and long, warm summers that last from December through to March.  Most of the rain occurs during the winter months, with very little falling throughout the rest of the year.


    During January, the average high temperature reaches a scorching 28°C (82°F), so make sure you come prepared and bring plenty of suntan lotion to avoid sunburn. The temperatures change dramatically during the evening, with the average low temperature dropping to 16°C (61°F), and many visitors will want to bring a jacket.

    Despite the drastic difference in the average high and low temperatures for the month of January, there are a number of days that are comfortable, particularly in the morning and early evening. The average temperature for the month evens out at 22°C (72°F).

    Sea Temperature

    The month of January is perfect for swimming at the beaches near Cape Town. The waters are warm enough for swimming, wading or even learning to surf. The average sea temperature for the month of January is a warm 20°C (68°F).


    Most visitors will not need to worry about rain in Cape Town in January. The month is relatively dry with average precipitation levels of 20 mm of rain, over the course of an average 6 rainy days a month.

    Sunshine Hours

    There is plenty of bright sunshine in January, with an average 11 hours of sunlight per day. Visitors who want to be outdoors will love the long, cloudless days that are perfect for exploring the sea, sand and mountains around Cape Town.

    Cape Town Hotels in January

    Families and couples looking to escape the cold winter with a January holiday in Cape Town should take a look at Upperbloem. The small accommodation option only has 6 apartments, but each room is spacious and most rooms offer amazing views across the city. The apartments also have private balconies, perfect for relaxing after a long day outdoors. The owners just completed renovations, and the upgraded décor is an all-white theme that is simple and laidback. The Upperbloem complex is ideally located only a short drive away from Table Mountain, various beaches and the airport.

    Couples may be seeking a more intimate and sophisticated stay while in Cape Town. The Ellerman House is the perfect option. With only 11 guest rooms, the Ellerman House is able to provide personalised service to each guest. This boutique hotel prides itself on providing a luxurious stay. Situated in a mansion, some guest rooms boast views over the ocean and have private terraces. Additionally, the stunning cliff side location is unbelievable and the grounds include a farm-to-table restaurant, swimming pool and spa. The Ellerman House the perfect place to spend a special getaway.

    While the Ellerman House showcases Cape Town's ability to provide the height of luxury and sophistication, there are a number of reasonably priced hotels in Cape Town filled with charm and excellent service. Visitors on more of a budget should consider An African Villa. This boutique hotel was formerly 3 private homes that are now joined to form one hotel. Located in the lovely suburb of Tamboerskloof. The owner and their 3 dogs that live on the premises provide a warm welcome, which results in a phenomenal guest experience for an unbeatable price.

    Cape Town Beaches for January

    One of the more interesting beaches, in Cape Town, is known for its wildlife rather than its swimming waters. Boulders Beach along False Bay is famous for its penguin population. While these adorable creatures are the biggest draw for visitors to this stretch of coastline, it is popular with locals too, who swim out to the boulders and dive into the crisp ocean water. The nearby Windmill Bay is also a great place for a dip in the refreshing Atlantic Ocean.

    Bars and Restaurants

    The Codfather was one of the first sushi restaurants in Cape Town, and it is still one of the best. Visitors are not given a menu, but instead guided by the knowledgeable and helpful staff to navigate the array of sushi options.  Located right on the water, the terrace is perfect in summer for sipping wine and enjoying the fresh sushi. The atmosphere is laidback, which is uncommon among the upscale restaurants of Camps Bay.

    When visitors are on the go and looking for a reliable breakfast or lunch option, look to Birds Café in the City Bowl. The atmosphere is relaxed, so you can come dressed for your day exploring Cape Town, but the food is creative and contemporary. The most popular menu items are the owner's take on pies and quiches, which include ingredients that you would never guess before your visit here.

    Visitors who are looking for a special night out should consider The Dining Room. This dinner-only venue, offers a 3-course menu that changes nightly. The owner and chef, Karen Dudley also opens the space for special events such as lunch meetings, cocktail parties and high tea. Dinner is served on Tuesday and Thursday nights only, and reservations are required.

    Things to do in Cape Town in January

    The New Year starts out with a bang in Cape Town. Summer is in full-swing and there are so many events across the Mother City during this month that it would be difficult to name them all. From outdoor cinemas and r concerts to festivals and horse races, it is impossible to be bored during January. Some of the summer festivals include the Hope@PaulCluver Summer Festival, which highlights comedy, theatre and cinema all for a good cause and the wonderfully, weird Up the Creek music festival, which takes place at the end of the month. Up the Creek is held along the banks of the Breede River and attracts some of the best artists and groups in the South African music scene.

    One of the top attractions in Cape Town, the Cape of Good Hope is a must during your visit. If you have got the time, opt for the walk up to the Cape, where you will see natural scenery and many baboons along the way. Double check you have got your camera with you before you set off on this journey.

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