Weather in Tunisia in January

Is January a good time to visit Tunisia?

Those from cold northern climes will find Tunisia relatively mild during January, with high humidity and temperatures equating to England in springtime. It is, however, the country’s wettest month, dictated by the Mediterranean climate which prevails along the northern coastal resorts. It doesn’t rain every day though, and there is plenty of bright weather most days until sunset, at around 6pm. It may be a little chilly for swimming and sun-bathing, but extremely pleasant lolling or strolling on the sands in the winter sun and making the most of the relaxing ambience of the resorts in the uncrowded off-season.

Climate in Tunisia in January

With an average rainfall of 70mm for the month of January, spread across an estimated 12 wet days, Tunisia’s coastal regions are damp and cool at this time of year. This need not deter visitors who come to the country to sight-see, relax and enjoy the off-season prices. There are still on average 5.6 hours of sunshine a day, and the humidity level pans out at around 68%, which makes it feel warmer despite the maximum average temperature of just 15°C (59°F).  By contrast the minimum temperature is 7°C (44.6°F), although this may not be noticed as it is likely to occur at night while you’re asleep!

What to do in Tunisia in January

Entertainment, excursions and events in Tunisia in January are mainly offered by the individual resort establishments, but the restaurants and night clubs do not stint on their quality just because this is the off-season.  Shopping in the medinas of the local towns is pure delight – look for copper and brassware, wood carvings, leather goods, perfumes, silver jewellery and rugs.

What to pack for a holiday in Tunisia in January

If you plan to catch a tan, don’t be afraid to take along a swimsuit because you may just find a sheltered corner to soak up some sun in Tunisia in January. Generally, though, you will need a sweater and jeans during the day, and a rain jacket if you plan to go out and about. Sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses are advisable, because even in low temperatures and under cloudy skies the UV rays are still strong.  Sun protection is particularly advisable if you are taking an excursion into the desert – your tour provider will offer more specific requirements for such a trip.