January Weather Averages for Santorini

What's the Weather Like in Santorini in January 

Temperature 

On average, January is the coldest month of the year in Santorini, Greece, when the winter season is in full swing. Despite the low temperatures and high chance of rainfall the island experiences during this month, Santorini is still much more pleasant than the UK in January, making it a top choice when it comes to winter sun holiday destinations.

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  • Temperature Temperature 12°C 54°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 14°C 57°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 10°C 50°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 7 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 71 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 10 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 16°C 61°F

What's the Weather Like in Santorini in January 

Temperature 

On average, January is the coldest month of the year in SantoriniGreece, when the winter season is in full swing. Despite the low temperatures and high chance of rainfall the island experiences during this month, Santorini is still much more pleasant than the UK in January, making it a top choice when it comes to winter sun holiday destinations.

At this time of year, the average temperature for Santorini begins at 13°C on January 1st and slowly falls until it reaches 12°C by January 31st. The daily highs and lows change in the same pattern, dropping down from 15°C to 14°C and from 11°C to 10°C, respectively, as the month develops.

With average temperatures as cool as these, it's wise to pack warm clothing for the daytime and evening. T-shirts, light jumpers and trousers will be perfect for the daytime, whilst a warm jacket will definitely come in handy when it's time to venture outside the hotel on an evening. Don't forget to pack some beachwear, too, just in case the weather is warmer than expected.

Even though it only happens on an average of once every ten days, temperatures can sometimes rise above 18°C or fall below 10°C in January in Santorini. In recent times, the hottest January day in Santorini ever recorded saw temperatures reach as high as 22°C. On the other hand, the coldest January day in Santorini ever recorded saw temperatures reaching as low as 0°C.

Rain 

In January, Santorini receives an average of 70.5mm of rainfall, which is spread out between ten rainy days throughout the month. With almost 1/3 of the month being subject to precipitation, there's a good chance you'll experience a shower or two during your holiday. With this in mind, it's worth bringing some waterproof clothing or an umbrella if you plan on exploring the resort in wet weather.

The probability of rainfall making an appearance on any given day in January gradually decreases as the month develops. Rainfall is most likely on January 8th when it falls on 38% of days, whereas rainfall is least likely on January 29th when it falls on 35% of days. The most common types of precipitation you can expect at this time of year are light rain, thunderstorms and moderate rain. Although heavy rain and drizzle are also during this month, they're both unlikely.

Sunshine Hours 

Santorini enjoys an average of seven hours of sunshine every day in January, giving you plenty of opportunities to get out and explore the island, even if it is a bit too chilly to hit the beach. With a cool average sea water temperature of 16°C, you wouldn't want to take a dip in the sea, anyway.

Over the course of January, the length of the day is steadily increasing in Santorini, with a difference of 39 minutes between the beginning and the end of the month. The shortest day in Santorini is January 1st with 9:43 hours of daylight, whilst the longest day of the month is January 31st with 10:22 hours of daylight.

Humidity 

In January, the relative humidity for the island ranges between 59% (mildly humid) and 83% (humid), rarely rising above 94% (very humid) or falling below 48% (comfortable). On average, the most humid day is around January 13th, when the average daily humidity rises above 76% three days out of every four. At the other end of the scale, the least humid day of the month is around January 30th, when the average daily humidity falls below 65% three days out of every four.

Wind

Throughout the month, typical wind speed fluctuate between 3 m/s (light breeze) and 9 m/s (fresh breeze) rarely exceeding 14 m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 7 m/s (moderate breeze) occurs around January 31st, when the average daily maximum is 9 m/s. At the other end of the scale, the lowest average wind speed of 6 m/s (moderate breeze) happens around January 11th, when the average daily maximum is 8 m/s (fresh breeze).

Santorini Hotels for January 

Located on the outskirts of Imerovigli, Anastasis Apartments are one of the most popular holiday complexes in the whole of Santorini. Here you'll find accommodation in the form of apartments, suites and villas, providing something to suit all budgets. There is a wealth of services and facilities available onsite, including swimming pools, sun decks, heated Jacuzzi, massages and beauty treatments, private parking and restaurant.

If you can afford to splash out on your holiday, consider staying at Enigma Apartments & Suites. This complex is located in the heart of Fira, close to a great selection of amenities and attractions. Here guests can choose between suites, apartments and studios, several of which feature Jacuzzis. Onsite facilities and services include swimming pool, solarium, terrace, massage services, bar, free WiFi access throughout and free parking.

When it comes to beachside accommodation, it doesn't get much better than Zorzis Hotel. This hotel is found just 250 metres away from the beach and provides guests with spacious and comfortable accommodation. Visitors are encouraged to take full advantage of the services and amenities available onsite, including swimming pool, garden, free WiFi access and spa. Keep in mind that Zorzis Hotel doesn't accept guests under 15 years old.

Bars and Restaurants

Situated in the quaint hillside village of Exo Gonia, Metaxi Mas is the place to go for holidaymakers looking for authenticity during their visit to Santorini. This cosy, friendly establishment serves a range of classic local and Cretan recipes in a unique environment with classic views. Do as the locals do and order a round of Ouzo as an aperitif with your meal. 

Another Santorini establishment which provides a truly quintessential Greek island dining experience is Taverna Glaros in Akrotiri. Offering tasty meze dishes which have stood the test of time, and very generous portions, there are few diners who leave this place feeling dissatisfied. Family recipes are the order of the day here and the taverna's popularity among locals attests to its reputation as one of the best eateries on the island. 

If you're looking for somewhere to hang out during the evenings, head to 2 Brothers Bar in Fira. Operating since 1983, this serves as one of the most popular watering holes on the island and provides a range of beers, spirits and wines. From 9.30pm onwards DJs take over the place and it's a popular spot to dance to some music; bear in mind that this bar is cash-only. 

Things to do in Santorini in January

Santorini is internationally renowned for its fantastic sunsets and one of the very best ways to see them is onboard a tour. The Santorini Travel & Transfer Services Group offers a superb tour which stops at three must-see sites on the island before ending an Oia to watch the sun set. The first stop is to see the church on Panagia Episkopi – the oldest church on the island – then it's on to Pyrgos for a walk in the Medieval Castelli. After that you'll visit the monastery of Prophet Elias where you can soak up the views before heading down to Oia just in time to watch the sun set. The tour lasts around four hours from start to finish.

The cool winter temperatures make January a great month for exploring the island. Santorini Adventures rents out a selection of different bikes, so whether you're interested in cycling throughout the natural volcanic terrain, through the cobbled village streets or both – they'll have the perfect bike for you. If you don't want to venture out on your own, you'll be pleased to hear that Santorini Adventures also offers various guided tours, ranging from round tips to island-wide cycling tours.

Get a completely different view of Santorini by signing up for a helicopter excursion. Although they're quite pricey when compared to other activities on the island, the helicopter flights are great fun. There are three different itineraries to choose from, each of which lasts for a different duration and covers a different part of the island. The most comprehensive experience is the 30-minute flight which features the best that Santorini has to offer, including the caldera, volcano and beaches.

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