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.  January is a great time to visit the Crescent City as the weather remains quite pleasant throughout this month. Click on the links below to learn more.  If you are coming at the start or end of the month, you may want to read our weather guides to December and February.  

Average Temperatures
How Much Sun/Rain
What to Wear
Things to Do 
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Daytime high temperatures tend to be mostly in the lower 60s F (15-17C) 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 (22-23C) while a few colder mornings will dip down into the mid-30s F (3C) or less with a couple of those dipping down to 32F (0C) or less.  During past years, the weather in New Orleans in January has experienced extremes as high as 83F (28.3C) and a low as 14F (-10C).


Average Temperature New Orleans 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.  Snow is very rare here this month.


New Orleans Sun and Rain 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 pairs of good walking shoes.


What to Wear in January in New Orleans



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.  

  • 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


Written by Fred Pickhardt
Ocean Weather Services