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Antigua Weather in January

Antigua weather in January
Average rain and high temperature for Antigua in January. © 2016 Scott Bateman
January begins the dry season for many Caribbean islands, and Antigua is no different.

Antigua weather in January is both dry and one of the coolest months of the year. But don’t worry, it’s still warm enough for visiting and swimming.

This eastern Caribbean island is part of a chain called the Leeward Islands and is a popular stop on cruise vacations. It lies west of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Although the island capital and cruise port of St. Johns is the most visited part of the island, Antigua also is known for its beaches, resorts and the historical district at English Harbour.

The most popular months to visit Antigua are December through March plus July, according to statistics from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

Although March and July are the most popular, January attracts many visitors wanting to get away from the cold winters up north. They won’t be disappointed in the weather.

Average Temperatures

Antigua January Weather Stats

Avg. High
82.8 degrees F
Avg. Low
72.1 degrees F
Rain Inches
Antigua temperatures have averaged a high of 82.8 degrees Fahrenheit and 28.2 degrees Celsius in January over a 30-year period, according to the Antigua and Barbuda Meteorology Services.

The average low temperatures, which are mainly at night, are 72.1 degrees F and 22.3 degrees C.

January and February have nearly identical temperatures and are the coolest months of the year.

Despite those low temperatures, it should be comfortable enough for swimming on most days with the water being warmest in the afternoons and coolest in the mornings.

Average Rainfall

Antigua is popular during this time of year not only because it is a getaway from northern winters but also because of the low chance of rain.

The average rainfall in January over 30 years is 2.2 inches, the World Weather Organization says.

This average is quite low compared to the average throughout the year and compared to other Caribbean islands. But it is not as low as February and March, which average 1.5 and 1.8 inches respectively.

Another way of judging the weather is by looking at the number of days it rains each month.

In the case of Antigua, the average number of rain days is 10, which again is below average for the year but not as low as February and March.

Still, the odds of good weather are high in January and make that month a good time to visit.

Anyone planning a vacation or cruise to Antigua will find the best weather in March and somewhat better in January.

But January is a low point for many people facing harsh winter weather and remains an attractive time to go to Antigua.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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December 24, 2014

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