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Panama Weather in January

Panama City weather in January
Panama City high temperature and rain in January. © 2017 Scott S. Bateman

Panama weather in January depends on where visitors go in a country that is only 48 miles wide along its famous canal.

Caribbean cruises go to the port of Colón on the eastern coast while Pacific cruises visit Panama City on the western coast. Overnight vacations often travel to the Bocas del Toro archipelago just north of Colón.

Despite the country’s small size, weather in January is quite different on each coast.

Colón and Bocas del Toro January Weather

Colón and Bocas del Toro have some of the most predictable temperatures and unpredictable rainfall in the Caribbean.

The average rainfall in January is five inches, according to 30 years of historical data from the hydrometeorology agency for the Republic of Panama.

It shoots up to 10 inches in February and dives back down to three inches in March at the lowest point of the year. Total rainfall reaches a high point of 17 inches in July and August.

The area has an average of 17 days of rain in January. February through March have about 15 days each.

At least the area is warm. The average high temperature is 87 degrees Fahrenheit or about 31 Celsius. The average low is 69 Fahrenheit or about 21 Celsius.

The difference between the highs and lows are greater than most other Caribbean destinations. They mean the seawater will often feel chilly in the mornings and turn much more comfortable in the afternoons.

Panama City January Weather

The west coast capital of Panama City has an even greater temperature range along with less rain.

Average highs in the city reach 92 Fahrenheit or 33 Celsius. Average lows are 65 Fahrenheit or 18 Celsius.

Even more than the east coast, water temperatures will feel chilly in the mornings and better in the mid to late afternoons.

January is the start of a dry season for Panama City. Rainfall averages about one inch in January and stays that low until April.

It rains only three days during the month, the historical data shows.

Whether to Go in January

January is an ideal time to visit Panama City because of the low risk of rain and the warm temperatures.

Temperatures climb into the mid 90s Fahrenheit or about 35 Celsius from February through August, so excessive heat is a factor for some visitors.

For the east coast, January is not ideal, but it is one of the better options for anyone planning a cruise or overnight vacation there.

Total rainfall reaches the second lowest point of the year after March. Temperatures are usually warm enough for swimming and other outdoor activities.

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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.
February 17, 2020