This post is a summary of the January weather in New Orleans with tips on what to pack and things to do.
Daytime high temperatures tend to be mostly in the lower 60s F (15-17 C) while overnight lows tend to average in the mid to upper 40s F (7-9C).
A few of the warmer afternoons will see temperatures reaching or exceeding the lower 70s F (22-23 C) while a few colder mornings will dip down into the mid-30s F (3 C) or less with a couple of those dipping down to 32F (0 C) or less.
During past years, the weather in New Orleans in January has experienced extremes as high as 83F (28.3 C) and a low as 14F (-10 C).
Skies tend to be sunny or at least partly sunny on about 14 days this month with some rain is likely on about 9 days.
Significant rainfalls of 0.5 inches (13mm) or more, however, occur normally only on about 3 days this month.
Snow is very rare in New Orleans even in January.
The weather is fall-like with a few colder days so a medium-weight jacket or coat with gloves will be needed for the colder days and evenings.
However, a lightweight jacket or windbreaker may be enough on those warmer days and don't forget a couple of pairs of good walking shoes.
Snow is very rare here this month.
January is a busy month in New Orleans, with carnival season kicking off, which means parade season.
Get more in-depth info on these 10, plus ideas for free things to do, nighttime, and family-friendly activities from our Things to Do in January post.
Many of these items are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.
- Take a pay-what-you-like walking tour.
- See a major performing artist in concert.
- Attend the Sugar Bowl or pro sports game.
- See the popular musical Miss Saigon.
- Party with a Mardi Gras parade.
- Experience the tasty King Cake Festival.
- See the commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans.
- Attend Wizard World Comic Con NOLA.
- Enjoy tropical- and Jimmy Buffett-themed Pardi-Gras.
- See the Mardi Gras Museum.
Written by Fred Pickhardt
Ocean Weather Services