How is the Weather in New Orleans in January?

This post is a summary of the January weather in New Orleans with tips on what to pack and things to do. Also, check out our December and February weather posts.

 

 


AVERAGE TEMPERATURES

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).  

 

Average Temperature New Orleans in January

 

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).

 


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HOW MUCH RAIN IN NOLA IN JANUARY?

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.  

 

New Orleans Sun and Rain January

 

Snow is very rare here this month.

 


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WHAT TO WEAR

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 pairs of good walking shoes.

 

What to Wear in January in New Orleans

 

Snow is very rare here this month.

 


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WHAT TO DO IN NEW ORLEANS IN JANUARY

January is a busy month in New Orleans, with carnival season kicking off, which means parade season. Below is our quick top 10. 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.  

For tips on the most popular activities in New Orleans, check out our ghost, swamp, plantationriverboat, and dinner cruise posts.

Many of these items are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.

 

 

  • Mardi Gras Parades
  • Sugarbowl
  • King Cake Festival
  • Commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans
  • Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • Wizard World Comic-Con
  • Pardis-Gras (Jimmy Buffet Festival)
  • MLK Weekend
  • Girl and Boy Scouts Day

 

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Written by Fred Pickhardt
Ocean Weather Services

 

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