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St. Maarten Weather in January: Rain and Temperatures

St. Maarten weather in January
© 2020 Scott S. Bateman

Visitors to St. Maarten will find that weather in January is mildly warm and dry enough that the risk of rain is low.

St. Maarten is a beautiful Caribbean island that is shared by two cultures, the Dutch and the French.

It is a popular destination for travelers including southern and eastern Caribbean cruise ships. 

The following statistics are from a 30-year history from the Meteorological Department of St. Maarten. The actual numbers will vary somewhat from year to year.

St. Maarten Temperatures

January Weather Stats

Avg. High
83 degrees F
Avg. Low
74 degrees F
Rain Inches
Rain Days

From December to January there is little change between the maximum and minimum temperatures of the island.

The average daytime temperature for St. Maarten in January is 83 degrees Fahrenheit or about 28 Celsius.

Due to its close location to the equator, it stays warm year-round with some rainstorms in between. The hottest months are July to September and the coldest are December to February.

The average seawater temperature is about 79 degrees, so swimming will be comfortable.

January Rainfall

This island receives 3.4 inches of monthly rainfall, on average. January has an average of 3 inches for the month and that continues until fall, when the average jumps during the annual Caribbean hurricane season.

Rainy days are sporadic in January. Historically, there are 11 rainy days on average for the month. Wind is also persistent in January at 87 percent of the time.

Whether to Go

St. Maarten in January is one of the best months to visit the island, especially for its warm weather. The most popular months of travel are March and April because of warm temperatures, low chance of rain and spring break from schools.

With the highest temperatures reaching the high 80s and the lows in the mid 70s, the odds of good weather are high for anyone visiting this island in January.

• St. Maarten weather in: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

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 31, 2020

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