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Cancun Weather in January

Average high temperature and rainfall in Cancun in January
Average high temperature and rainfall in Cancun in January. © 2018 Scott S. Bateman

Cancun weather in January is a little cool for anyone wanting to spend time on the beach or in the water.

It’s not the worst month to visit this popular Mexican destination, but it’s wise to be prepared for the typical January weather.

Cancun is a popular destination because of the number of major, high-quality hotels that line the tourism strip along with numerous restaurants and shopping areas.

It also is convenient to reach from many destinations in North America.

Tourism drops during January, so it’s possible to get cheaper rooms and rarely wait in line for a table at a restaurant.

Bargain shoppers also are likely to get better deals in stores (the local ones that negotiate price) because of the decline in tourism.

But more than most Caribbean destinations, Cancun has a greater range of temperatures between winter and summer.

In addition, it tends to have strong trade winds during the winter that can make temperatures on land and especially in the water seem even cooler.

The following statistics are based on a 30-year average for Cancun and will vary from year to year.

January Temperatures

January Weather Stats

Avg. High
82.2 degrees F
Avg. Low
69.1 degrees F
Rain Inches
Rain Days

The average high temperature in January is 82 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low is 69 degrees, according to the country’s national meteorological service.

While 82 degrees sounds warm and comfortable, keep in mind that it is the peak daytime temperature.

A low of 69 degrees will bring the water temperature down into the low 70s during the mornings. The addition of trade winds will make it even cooler.

January Rainfall

Cancun receives on average about 5.5 inches of rain in January, which is above average for the year and the third rainiest month after September and October.

The average rain is nearly the same as June and November.

It rains about 10 days a month, which is below the average for Caribbean destinations.

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Whether to Go

January is a below average month for vacationing in Cancun because of a combination of lower than normal temperatures and higher than normal rainfall.

Average rainfall drops quite a bit in February through May while temperatures are rising at the same time.

If Cancun is the preferred choice for a vacation and time of year is less important, it’s better to wait a few months for better weather.

January is an option if spending time on the beach and in the water isn’t important, prices are heavily discounted and the most desirable activities include shopping, dining and attractions such as Chichen Itza.

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 18, 2018

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