January weather forecast

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Weather in January

January is part of the Jilal season, the driest and coolest period of the year in Somalia. The country experiences average temperatures ranging between 20°C (68°F) to 30°C (86°F) during this month, a relief from the scorching temperatures that dominate most of the year. Northern regions, such as Hargeisa, experience relatively cooler temperatures, typically ranging from 15°C (59°F) to 26°C (78.8°F), while southern cities like Mogadishu encounter higher temperatures, typically between 25°C (77°F) to 30°C (86°F).

This month is notably cooler and drier than December, the preceding month, and significantly less harsh than February, the succeeding month, making it one of the most comfortable months of the year for outdoor activities and exploration.

In terms of precipitation, January records the lowest rainfall, often with no significant rainfall across the country. Consequently, the skies remain clear for the majority of the month, which enhances visibility and makes it ideal for sightseeing and exploring the natural beauty of the country.

Despite January's overall cooler and drier conditions, it's worth noting that regional variations do exist. The coastal regions, especially the northeastern part known as Puntland and the southern region of Jubaland, experience a maritime influence, which can sometimes result in slightly cooler temperatures and occasional rain showers. Nonetheless, these instances are usually not significant enough to affect travel plans or outdoor activities.

The climatic conditions of January do not hold any extreme weather records for the country, such as the hottest or the rainiest month. However, the comfortable temperatures coupled with low precipitation distinguish it as one of the most pleasant times of the year in Somalia.

  • Mogadishu - January »
    Expect a typical tropical climate when visiting Mogadishu, Somalia in January, characterized by high temperature accompanied by high humidity levels. In Mogadishu in January, the average water temperature is 26.3°C (79.3°F).
  • Hargeisa - January »
    In Hargeisa during January, the rain falls for 2.1 days and regularly aggregates up to 2mm (0.08") of precipitation. January is the most humid month in Hargeisa, with an average relative humidity of 64%.
  • Bosaso - January »
    With an average sea temperature of 25°C (77°F), January is the month with the coldest seawater in Bosaso. January and December are known as Bosaso's coldest months, with an average high-temperature of 29°C (84.2°F).
  • Galkayo - January »
    On the last day of January, in Galkayo, sunrise is at 06:08 and sunset at 17:58 EAT. January is the last month it rains in Galkayo, Somalia.
  • Berbera - January »
    In Berbera January records the lowest average temperatures, peaking at 25.8°C (78.4°F) and reaching a low of 22.2°C (72°F). Berbera records the coldest temperatures in January, averaging a high of 25.8°C (78.4°F) and a low of 22.2°C (72°F).
  • Kismayo - January »
    January through April, September through December, with an average of 9h of sunshine, are months with the most sunshine in Kismayo, Somalia. The months with the highest UV index in Kismayo are January through May, August through December, with an average maximum UV index of 12.
  • Garowe - January »
    On the first day of January in Garowe, sunrise is at 05:59 and sunset at 17:38. The average high-temperature in Garowe during January is a still hot 30°C (86°F), closely mirroring the previous month's conditions.
  • Merca - January »
    On the first day of January in Merca, sunrise is at 06:03 and sunset at 18:04. What time are sunrise and sunset in January in Merca?
  • Beledweyne - January »
    On the first day of January in Beledweyne, Somalia, sunrise is at 06:06 and sunset at 17:58. In moving from December to January, Beledweyne's high-temperature average of a still tropical 34.7°C (94.5°F) remains consistent with the preceding month.
  • Borama - January »
    Despite being the beginning of the year, January in Borama, Somalia experiences mild warmth with temperatures peaking at about 24.6°C (76.3°F). On the first day of January in Borama, sunrise is at 06:23 and sunset at 17:57.


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