Los Angeles, CA

City of Angels

Los AngelesSince its founding on September 4, 1781, Los Angeles has grown into a dynamic metropolis with its eye on the future, while preserving its extraordinary cultural heritage. LA is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, making it a truly global city. From San Pedro to the San Fernando Valley, LA is home to 211 sites that are on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Bradbury Building, Watts Towers and the Ennis House. As the entertainment capital of the world and home to more creative residents than any other city, LA has a long history with film, TV, music and literature. From the world class LA Philharmonic to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, J. Paul Getty Museum and LACMA, LA’s cultural legacy continues to grow. Diners across the world recognize LA as the birthplace of the Cobb Salad and French Dip, and a major influence on California and ethnic cuisines. Browse LA Tourism for an in-depth look at LA’s fascinating history.

HollywoodHollywood beckons to tourists who long for a brush with Tinseltown glamor. Tour movie studios, slip your hands into the famous prints at the TCL Chinese Theatre, or indulge in a celeb sighting at one of LA’s white-hot nightspots. Spot your favorite star while shopping at The Grove, or forget all about the famous eye candy as you take in the iconic artwork at The Getty Center. For a different type of star-gazing, peek through the telescopes at the Griffith Observatory.

Weather

The Weather Channel - Los Angeles forecast

Plan Your Trip

In Los Angeles, the month of January is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 68°F throughout the month, rarely exceeding 79°F or dropping below 58°F.

Daily low temperatures are around 48°F, rarely falling below 42°F or exceeding 55°F.

For reference, on August 25, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Los Angeles typically range from 66°F to 85°F, while on December 25, the coldest day of the year, they range from 48°F to 67°F.

You will have a 71 percent chance of getting a sunny day on any given January day while you are there. Temperatures still drop at night, so plan on bringing a jacket or sweater for evening activities.

Even though January is one of Los Angeles’ rainiest months, more than likely, you will not need an umbrella on most days. Be sure to check the local weather forecast to know for sure if you’ll need to carry your umbrella or raincoat. The average rainfall for the month of January is only 79mm, with six rainy days in the whole month, on average. On any given day, the chance of rain is 16 percent and the chance of clouds is 14 percent.

While the weather is mild, you probably will not want to take a dip in the Pacific Ocean and maybe not wade in at one of LA’s many beaches. At that time of the year, the average sea temperature for the Pacific is a chilly 15°C (about 59°F), so anyone braving the waters in the month of January definitely needs a wet or dry suit.