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What is the Weather in Los Angeles in January

Updated: July 27, 2023

This post is an overview of the January weather in Los Angeles, including snow and precipitation forecasts, as well as tips on how to dress and things to do.


January in Los Angeles is a great time to see this great city. Temperatures are mild and skies, for the most part, tend to be mostly clear or partly sunny.

Early morning low temperatures tend to be in the upper 40s F (8 to 9 C) with a few of the colder mornings dipping down into the lower 40s F (5 to 6 C).

The record low temperature in Los Angeles during January was 28 F (-2.2 C).

How Cold is it in LA in January?

Afternoon high temperatures will average in upper 60s F (about 20 C) with a few of the warmer afternoons getting up into the upper 70s F (26 to 27 C).

The highest temperature recorded in Los Angeles during January was 95 F (35 C).


Even though this is the rainy season you can still expect about 22 days this month with clear or partly sunny skies offering ample time to see the sites of this city.

Some rain does occur on about 6 days but only about 2 days will see rainfalls of 0.5 inches (12.7 mm) or more.

What is the Weather in January in Los Angeles

Does it Snow in Los Angeles?

Snow is extremely rare in Los Angeles; however, the nearby mountains do receive heavy snows during the winter months.

The greatest snowfall recorded in downtown Los Angeles was 2 inches (5 cm) on January 15, 1932.


The weather is generally spring-like so a light jacket and a sweater make a lot of sense as well as an umbrella as there are a couple of rainy days possible this month. 

What to Wear in LA in January

You should also bring some summer gear for those few warm days and don’t forget a good pair of walking shoes for the nicer days.


Below are 10 top things to do in January in Los Angeles.

But, be sure to read our full post on what to do in Los Angeles in January, which includes free things to do, night and family-friendly activities and attractions, as well as our definitive post on the best things to do in LA.

And if you are planning on visiting many of Los Angeles’s top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount pass as you could save up to 50% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants.

  1. Go on a sightseeing tour.
  2. See a major concert.
  3. Enjoy a Clippers, Kings, or Rams game.
  4. See a musical or play.
  5. Watch the Rose Bowl or Parade.
  6. Taste the food of dineLA week.
  7. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. with the Kingdom Day Parade.
  8. Go Ice Skating at Pershing Square.
  9. Celebrate New Year's Eve.
  10. Laugh during live stand-up comedy.

Be sure to check out all the top things to do in January in our main post.

Seasonal Outlook

January to March 2023 Los Angeles

Temperatures should be near normal with a 78% chance for normal to below normal rainfall.

Fred Pickhardt
Ocean Weather Services

About The Author

Fred Pickhardt

Fred is a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. He has extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, and forensic weather event reconstructions. Fred founded Ocean Weather Services and currently provides forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
Updated: July 27th, 2023
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