The famous Florida humidity of August and September clears by the end of the year, leaving beautiful warm temperatures in January with plenty of sunshine.
With around 14 hours of daylight and dry, sunny days, Cape Town is at its summery best. Slightly busier and pricier but there's loads to do and the waters are warm enough for swimming and water sports
The dry season's approaching so January sees increasing sunshine and less rain. With a cool breeze coming off the Atlantic, evenings get balmier by the day as the steel drums and rum cocktails emerge
Thailand's dry season coincides with slightly cooler temperatures, which result in perfect conditions. The seas are calmer, particularly on the Andaman-facing west coast.
Reliably warmer climate than much of Europe, now's a great time for a post-Christmas escape to the volcanic Canary Island
The coldest month, but also the best snow for skiers. The cold tends to keep people away until later and the pistes are quieter making it great for hardy ski enthusiasts.
Clear skies and comfortably warm compared to the rest of the year, January in the Gambia is a great time for exploring the sights or relaxing on the beach.
Now is peak season so there'll be more visitors but the weather is near-perfect and the flights and room rates are at their cheapest. Ideal for a beach escape.
It's mid wet season but showers come in short, sharp bursts with plenty of tropical sunshine in between. Great for beach bar hopping and sightseeing.
Sunny all year round, January's temperatures are cooler but still pleasant during the day - although you might need to wrap up in the evenings. A perfect time for tennis and golf
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