Where's hot in January?

Low temperatures might be settling in across the UK but if you're craving the heat, thankfully you won't have to head too far to find some sunshine during these cold winter months. Temperatures in the Canary Islands reach the early twenties in January, but if you want something hotter then head to the Southern Hemisphere. In Australia and Thailand you can swap your woolly blanket for a beach towel and banish the winter blues in one go. Find out where else is hot in January below.

Scroll down to see our five top tips for a sunny holiday in January.

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Tenerife

Tenerife

January in Tenerife

4h 15min
Approximate UK flight time
21
Average Temperature
7
Hour of Sunshine

One of Tenerife's biggest nights of the year is 5th January, when you'll be able to catch the evening procession of the Three Kings in all the major towns. It's warm enough through the winter to head to the beach, and at this time of year you might catch sight of the famous "El Bravo", a giant super wave which has been known to hit the coast near Punta Brava. This freak of nature only occurs in certain parts of the world and attracts daredevil surfers.

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Or how about Fuerteventura?

Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura Photo: Martin Zalba

January in Fuerteventura

4h 23m
Approximate UK flight time
18
Average Temperature
9
Hour of Sunshine

This island in the Canaries has been designated a Biosphere reserve by UNESCO, and January's an excellent time of year to find out why. Head out on a boat to see sperm whales, dolphins and turtles, or take advantage of the cooler weather and hike along the 11km long sand dune at the National Park, south of Corralejo. Windsurfing is the sport of choice in Fuerteventura, but if you want to lay your towel down instead, you'll have 50km of sandy beaches to do it on.

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Or how about Koh Chang?

Koh Chang

Koh Chang

January in Koh Chang

13h 40m
Approximate UK flight time
30
Average Temperature
9
Hour of Sunshine

Koh Chang means "Elephant Island" in Thai, and trekking through the rainforest on one of these huge animals is a brilliant way to spend a day. With it being the dry season, the waterfalls might not be quite as spectacular, but the short trek to Klong Plu is still well worth it. Visit Bang Bao, a fishing village on stilts, if you want to snorkel the coral reefs or hire your own boat. Alternatively, Had Sai Khao (White Sands Beach) is the biggest stretch of sand on the island, and is packed with restaurants and bars.

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January in Brisbane Brisbane

January in Brisbane

20h 8m Approx. UK flight time 26°C Average temperature 11 Hours of sunshine per day

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January in Cartagena Cartagena Photo: Jeremy Jones

January in Cartagena (Colombia)

9h 51m Approx. UK flight time 27°C Average temperature 10 Hours of sunshine per day

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