Denver Weather in December

December is the coldest month for Denver, Colorado. That means temperatures below 0 °F (-18 °C) are likely on a few nights.

This page gives detailed information on the typical December temperature, precipitation, snow, sun, humidity, wind and storms for Denver.

The numbers here are historical averages based on climate data gathered in the Denver community of Stapleton.

Temperature Weather iconTemperature

43 °F December average high 6 °C
17 °F December average low -9 °C

In most years, Denver averages a daily maximum temperature for December that's between 38 and 48 degrees Fahrenheit (4 to 9 degrees Celsius). The minimum temperature usually falls between 13 and 21 °F (-11 to -6 °C).

December is the coldest month overall for Denver and the 18th is its chilliest day. It has a daily high averaging 42.6 °F (5.9 °C) and low of 16.0 °F (-8.9 °C).

10 days 50 °F max. or more (10 °C)
18 days 20 °F min. or less (-8 °C)

Denver averages 3 days in December when the thermometer reaches into the 60s °F (over 16 °C). Typically on 6 days the mercury remains below freezing for the entire day.

The thermometer dips to 0 °F (-18 °C) or below on an average of 3 nights during December.

Rainy Weather iconPrecipitation

0.6 in total precipitation 15 mm
5 days of rain or snowfall

Half the time, Denver receives 0.3 to 0.7 inches (7 to 18 mm) of precipitation in December. One in four years has drier weather, while another one in four is wetter.

Snowy Weather iconSnow

8.5 in total snowfall 21.6 cm
5 days with new snow

December's snowfall varies a lot from year to year in Denver. Between 4 and 11 inches (10 to 28 cm) of fresh snow arrives in half the years. Less new snow lands in one out of four Decembers, while another twenty-five percent are snowier.

Denver typically has at least an inch (2.5 cm) of snow on the ground for 12 days this month. The snow normally accumulates to 5 inches (13 cm) or deeper on 2 days.

Sunny Weather iconSun

67 % sunshine
11 days clear skies

The sun's rays reach the ground in Denver during 67 percent of daylight hours on average in December, for a total of 196 hours in the month. Typically on 11 days this month the sky is mainly clear, with at most 30 percent cloud cover.

Sunlight in December at Denver averages 9 hours and 24 minutes a day. The shortest days of the year, on around December 21st and 22nd, last 9 hours and 21 minutes from sunrise to sunset.

Humid Weather iconHumidity

57 % December average humidity

The relative humidity in Denver during December usually peaks at 65 percent in the morning then drops to 39 percent by early afternoon. December is Denver's most humid month.

Local Time2 am5 am8 am11 am2 pm5 pm8 pm11 pm
Humidity % 65 65 63 45 39 51 61 64

Windy Weather iconWind

8.4 mph December wind speed average 13.5 kph

December is a little less windy than most other months in Denver.

Stormy Weather iconStorms

3 days snowfall of 1 inch (2.5 cm) or more
0 days with thunderstorms in December

About once a decade, a December snowstorm blankets Denver with ten inches (25 cm) or more of snow in one day.


These weather data are long-term historical averages provided by the National Climatic Data Center of the United States. The temperature and precipitation numbers are 1981-2010 normals while the humidity and thunderstorm statistics are 1961-1990 normals.

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