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Aruba Weather in January: Rain, Temperatures

Aruba weather in January
Average rain and high temperature for Aruba in January, © Scott S. Bateman

When the days of winter loom ahead, Aruba weather in January offers an ideal way for vacationers to get away from the cold.

Aruba is known for being a warm and dry island, and January is no exception.

Aruba Temperatures

Aruba’s temperature in January has an average daytime high of 85 degrees Fahrenheit or 30 Celsius, according to the Meteorological Department of Aruba. The average low temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It mostly takes place at night.

These daytime and nighttime temperatures usually mean that seawater is comfortable for swimming throughout the day. But during one visit to the island in the winter, we found the water too chilly for swimming because of moderate temperatures, cool currents and wind chills. So sometimes warm weather requires a little luck.

By comparison, temperatures in Aruba reach their peak in July and August with the high averaging around 93 degrees Fahrenheit or 34 Celsius. December is the coolest month of the year.

Aruba nearly tops the list as the second warmest Caribbean island in January.

Average Rainfall

Aruba has about 18 inches of rain per year, according to the Meteorological Department of Aruba. It records the most rainfall during the months of October, November, December and January with an average of about three inches a month. By comparison, the average rainfall in January is about 1.5 inches.

Even in its months of heaviest rainfall, the rain comes in short bursts. Aruba rarely has rain for more than a few minutes at a time.

It rains an average of 11 days during January, which is the highest level of the year along with December. By comparison, it rains an average of only two to three days per month from March through September.

In January, it is most likely to rain in the morning and least likely in the afternoon, allowing afternoon sunbathers more time on the beach.

The regular rainfall during the winter months helps to keep the temperature moderate.

Wind Levels

Aruba is one of the ABC islands (consisting of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao) on the southeastern tip of the Caribbean Sea.

Because of their southern location, these islands usually fall below the annual hurricane path. Aruba usually only has the tail end of hurricanes as they pass through during hurricane season, which is June through November.

In January, the risk of a hurricane drops dramatically and becomes almost non-existent. Nevertheless, because Aruba is a tropical island, a light, airy breeze is almost always present.

Wind gusts average a pleasant 14 miles per hour, just enough to keep visitors cool while lying on the beach. These trade winds also help to keep the bugs away and the humidity level low.

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Should I Visit Aruba in January?

With very little rainfall, no threat of hurricanes, and a light breeze, Aruba weather in January makes the island an attractive vacation destination in the Caribbean.

The temperature stays comfortable and warm in the mid 80s, and the rain, if any, falls in short increment. January is one of the best times of year to visit Aruba.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
December 01, 2023

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