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Jamaica Weather in January: Rainfall, Temperatures

A little cool and a little wet may be the best way to describe Jamaica weather in January.

The northern coast of Jamaica offers two of the most popular resort and cruise destinations on the island at Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. They also are among the most popular in the entire Caribbean.

January is an active time for western Caribbean cruises that often include Jamaica because the region has entered a dry period, temperatures are warm but not hot, and vacationers are getting away from northern snow and cold.

Average Temperatures

January Weather Stats

Avg. High
82 degrees F
Avg. Low
69 degrees F
Rain Inches
Average temperatures in Jamaica range from the low 80s Fahrenheit and high 20s Celsius to the high 80s Fahrenheit and low 30s Celsius throughout the year, according to the Jamaica Tourist Board.

January has the lowest temperatures of the year. In Montego Bay, the average high is 82 degrees Fahrenheit or 28 Celsius. The average low is 69 degrees Fahrenheit or about 21 Celsius.

The high daytime temperatures are warm enough for land activities such as hiking, golf, shopping and other forms of recreation and entertainment. But the nighttime lows bring down the water temperatures and often make the sea too chilly for swimming.

Average Rainfall

Rainfall during the month averages about three inches, which is slightly higher than the average for many other Caribbean destinations. Historically, it rains about nine days in January.

By comparison, average rainfall is one inch in March, two in April and two in July. March has five rain days, April has seven and July has seven.

The worst month for rain in Jamaica is October. Montego Bay averages about seven inches of rain and 13 rain days.

Anyone planning a trip to the Caribbean that includes Jamaica will find that January is a good month to get away from cold northern winters. But the island offers warmer weather and less rainfall in March and April.

A January trip should emphasize land activities or water activities that don’t require swimming or snorkeling.
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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