January Sunshine Averages for Australian Cities

The data here describe the amount of sun that major cities in Australia get during January. There are lists with the average number of sunny days, cloudy days, and for some cities, hours of sunshine.

All the measurements are long-term historical averages of weather data collected during 1991 to 2020.

Sunny and Cloudy Days

Sunny Days data here represent the average number of days this month when the sky is mostly clear. This includes the days that cloud covers up to one-quarter of the sky when measured at 9 am and 3 pm local time. Cloudy Days are average monthly totals of when cloud covers 75 percent or more of the sky at those two times.

Days of sun and cloud in January
City Sunny Cloudy
Adelaide, South Australia 11 7
Ballarat, Victoria 7 9
Bendigo, Victoria 13 7
Bundaberg, Queensland 4 11
Cairns, Queensland 3 18
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 10 9
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 8 11
Darwin, Northern Territory 1 23
Hobart, Tasmania 4 14
Launceston, Tasmania 5 13
Average number of days in January with sun or cloud
City Sunny Cloudy
Mackay, Queensland 4 14
Maitland, New South Wales 8 12
Melbourne, Victoria 5 13
Newcastle, New South Wales 6 14
Perth, Western Australia 19 4
Rockhampton, Queensland 4 11
Sydney, New South Wales 7 13
Toowoomba, Queensland 5 13
Townsville, Queensland 3 15

Total Hours of Sun

Another way to look at how much sunshine a city gets is to measure the number of hours with bright sunshine. Only some of Australia's large cities have records for the total hours of sun.

Average hours of bright sunshine in January
City Day Month
Adelaide, South Australia 10 322
Cairns, Queensland 7 214
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 9 291
Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 8 239
Darwin, Northern Territory 6 177
Mackay, Queensland 8 242
Melbourne, Victoria 9 273
Perth, Western Australia 12 357
Sydney, New South Wales 8 233
Townsville, Queensland 8 254

Australian Government. Bureau of Meteorology. Climate Data Online.

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