January is the coldest month of the year in the United States Virgin Islands, with average temperatures in the mild range of 72°F (22.2°C) to 85°F (29.4°C). Temperatures are slightly lower in the northern islands where the rainfall is more than the southern islands, such as Saint Croix. January receives an average of 2.4" (61mm) of rainfall during 14 wet days in the month. The New Year signals the peak tourist season on the islands when the North American continent is severely cold. The bright sunshine and long days are favorable for the carnival in Saint Croix. The calm waters offer the best conditions of the year to many regattas around the islands. Evenings are comfortable with light breezes from the sea, but the idea of wearing a jacket pays dividends. The United States Virgin Islands are a hotspot for tourists in January and is the time when the accommodation rates are the highest of the year.