San Diego in January

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    San Diego in January

    San Diego in January is a Good Time for Sunsets
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    If you're looking for a place to go in January to get away from the winter weather, these things to do in San Diego are a good excuse to run away from home.

    Events That Look Like Fun in January

    Restaurant Week: January and September are great months to sample some of the city's best restaurants, with special tasting menus and prices.

    Polar Bear Swim: If jumping into the Pacific Ocean in January is your idea of fun, join the other shivering swimmers at the La Jolla Swim Club.

    Farmers Insurance Open Golf TournamentSome of the biggest names in golf play on the course in Torrey Pines.

    San Diego Brew Festival Local and international craft beers, San Diego’s most popular food trucks and music.

    San Diego Whale watching season runs from December through March. Use the San Diego whale watching guide to learn more about California whale-watching and San Diego excursions.

    Other Events

    The annual events listed above happen every year, but they're not all that's going on in San Diego in March. If you're looking for a fun concert, sporting event or theatrical performance try these resources:

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    More About San Diego in January

    Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines
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    What to Expect from San Diego Weather in January

    January is right in the middle of San Diego's rainy season, bringing the most unpredictable weather of the year.

    Monthly rainfall often comes all on the same day, especially during winter storms. If precipitation happens, try these things to do on a rainy day in San Diego.

    Check the pros and cons of going to San Diego in the winter

    • Average High Temperature: 65°F/18°C
    • Average Low Temperature: 49°F/9°C
    • Rain & Clouds Index: 1.98 inches (5.0 cm) rain, 72% sunshine

    If you want to compare these weather conditions to what San Diego is like the rest of the year, you can find that all in one place in the guide to typical San Diego weather.

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    What to Pack, What to Wear in January

    Rainy Day on the Ocean Beach Pier in San Diego
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    Pack an umbrella or rain jacket with hood for rainy days and a warm jacket if no rain is predicted. You won't need a heavy winter coat. Long-sleeved shirts and sweaters in layers work best.

    More San Diego by Month

    If you're just starting to plan your trip and deciding when to go, you may want to know what San Diego is like in other months.  You find that in these guides: 

    If you go to San Diego in January or in February, you may have beautiful, sunny weather - or not. One thing you can be sure of there won't be a lot of other tourists getting in your way.

    By spring, the weather starts to clear up, and flowers start blooming. March is fine, but you can also check out San Diego in April or San Diego in May.

    Summer in San Diego starts out with foggy, cloudy days near the beach if you go to San Diego in June or sometimes even in July. By August, the fog clears up, but it's also one of the busiest months, with lots of families on vacation and Arizona residents looking to escape the heat. Here's what to expect from San Diego in August.

    Fall is one of the best times if you can plan to go to San Diego in September or San Diego in October.

    Holidays can be fun if you want to go to San Diego in November or San Diego in December.