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Los Angeles in January
Los Angeles skyline in the late afternoon
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What to Expect from Los Angeles in January

January is the coolest month, in the middle of Los Angeles' rainy season. Precipitation often comes as a storm, when it's not uncommon to get the entire month's rainfall in a single day.

Los Angeles Weather in January

Average High Temperature: 67°F/19°C
Average Low Temperature: 49°F/9°C
Rain & Clouds Index: 3.06 inches (7.8 cm) rain, 72% sunshine

What to Pack, What to Wear in January

For rainy days, take an umbrella and a rain jacket with hood. A mid-weight jacket will be enough on dry days. Unless you're going to the ski slopes, leave the heavy winter coat at home. Layers are a good idea.

Los Angeles January Events

  • Rose Parade: It happens on January 1, with one exception: Because the route passes several local churches, when January 1 is on a Sunday, the parade happens January 2.
  • Rose Bowl Game: It's hard to get tickets for the annual football classic, but we've got all the ways you can do it.
  • DineLA: January brings LA's version of Restaurant Week, with special tasting menus and prices at tons of great spots.
  • Bloomin' Beautiful: More than 1,200 cultivars of flowering camellias make Huntington Gardens one of the best places in the country to see them, January to March.

Especially Fun in January

When a cool day follows a winter rain, skies are sometimes exceptionally clear and great for photography.

If the weather tries to dampen your vacation fun, try these Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Los Angeles

In LA, you can see whales nearly year round: gray whales in winter and blue whales during the summer months. Find the best places to see them and when in the guides to Los Angeles whale watching and Orange County whale watching.

Averages and Reality

Use the weather averages to get an idea of what things may be like, but it might be different when you visit. A winter day could even be so warm you'll wish you packed your shorts.

There's no substitute for checking the Los Angeles weather forecast before you leave home.

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