January 2023 was slightly warmer than normal in temperatures and above average precipitation.
The month was wet with 11 rainy days, accumulating 53.3 mm of precipitation at Bahrain International Airport and this goes on record as the eighth highest monthly total rainfall for January since 1902. This was approximately three times more than the long-term normal for January which is 18.1 mm. Note that the highest monthly total rainfall recorded was in January 1959 and it was 135.9 mm.
The highest day with precipitation was 19.8 mm fell on the 5th January at Bahrain International Airport. Note that the highest daily total of precipitation for January was 49.1 mm which occurred on 22nd January 1959.
The total monthly precipitation recorded for January 2023 at the Horat A’ali was 72.2 mm whereas the total precipitation at Bahrain International Circuit was 71.0 mm, at the University of Bahrain was 70.6 mm, at Durrat Al Bahrain was 67.4 mm, at Sitra Island was 63.6 mm and at King Fahad Causeway was 48.8 mm.
The mean temperature of the month was 18.0°C which is 0.5°C above the long-term normal for January which is 17.5°C.
The mean maximum temperature of the month was 20.1°C which is 0.6°C below the long-term normal. The highest temperature recorded during the month was 24.4°C which occurred on the 17th January at Bahrain International Airport and also recorded 24.4°C on the 31st January at the University of Bahrain.