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Dominican Republic Weather in January

Punta Cana weather in January
Average high temperature and rain for Punta Cana in January. © 2017 Scott S. Bateman
The beginning of the New Year is an ideal time to visit the Dominican Republic, if not only for the climate.

January weather in the Dominican Republic is mild, generally sunny, and breezy.

Located in the northern Caribbean, the temperature in the Dominican Republic is a little bit cooler in January than other islands, but remains a warm and tropical environment for anyone visiting from farther north.

Dominican Republic is one of the most popular all-inclusive resort destinations in the Caribbean. Visitors spend plenty of time on beaches and enjoying water activities, so temperatures are an important consideration in when to go.


January Weather Stats

Avg. High
82 degrees F
Avg. Low
71 degrees F
Rain Inches
Rain Days
Temperatures range from 70 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. In the early mornings, temperatures are usually around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperature warms up throughout the day to a comfortable number in the early 80s.

Summer weather in the Dominican Republic warms up, but only to the high 80s. Because of the tropical location, there is not much variation month to month, making January as good of a time to visit as July.


Hurricane season in the Caribbean runs from June to November. It is advised to check the weather before traveling to the Dominican Republic during these months.

In January, there is virtually no threat of hurricanes or tropical storms, making it an appealing month to visit the island. January is also one of the dry months..

On average, it rains no more than four days out of a week, and rain showers rarely last more than five minutes at a time. The short intervals of rain, and the low likelihood of heavy rainfall in January make it one of the driest months to visit.

Wind Levels

High winds are expected in the Dominican Republic during annual hurricane season, which runs from June to November.

Visitors to the Dominican Republic in January can expect a constant, refreshing breeze, which rarely escalates over 15 miles per hour. Generally, visitors welcome the wind as a relief from the heat.

Should I Visit the Dominican Republic in January?

The January weather alone is enough to convince almost any traveler to visit the Dominican Republic.

January weather in the Dominican Republic is warm without being too hot, calm, but with a gentle breeze and prone to only enough rain to make the air feel fresh.

While it is hard to find a truly bad month to visit the Dominican Republic, there is no doubt that January falls into a month marked by consistently good weather.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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February 17, 2020
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