Tampa Weather in December

While December's weather is not particularly stormy at Tampa, Florida, this is the city's cloudiest month. Still, more often than not the sun does shine.

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

The numbers here are historical averages based on climate data gathered at the Tampa International Airport, located near Tampa Bay and the city center.

Temperature Weather iconTemperature

72 °F December average high 22 °C
54 °F December average low 12 °C

In most years, Tampa averages a daily maximum temperature for December that's between 68 and 76 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 24 degrees Celsius). The minimum temperature usually falls between 50 and 59 °F (10 to 15 °C).

The days at Tampa cool rapidly during December. By the end of the month, the day's average temperature has dropped around 5 °F (3 °C) below what it was at the start.

20 days 70 °F max. or more (21 °C)
11 days 50 °F min. or less (10 °C)

Most December days warm to over 60 °F (16 °C) in Tampa. Tampa averages 5 days this month when the thermometer reaches into the 80s °F (over 27 °C). Temperatures above 90 °F (32 °C) are not expected here this time of year.

The thermometer dips to 40 °F (4 °C) or below on an average of two nights. In some years, December can get as cold as 32 °F (0 °C).

Rainy Weather iconRain

2.5 in total precipitation 63 mm
6 days of rain

Half the time, Tampa receives 1 to 2 inches (25 to 54 mm) of rainfall in December. One in four years has drier weather, while another one in four is wetter.

Sunny Weather iconSun

61 % sunshine
10 days clear skies

December is Tampa's cloudiest month. The sun's rays reach the ground during 61 percent of daylight hours on average, for a total of 197 hours in the month. Typically on 10 days this month the sky is mainly clear, with at most 30 percent cloud cover.

Sunlight in December at Tampa averages 10 hours and 24 minutes a day. The shortest days of the year, from around December 18th to 24th, last 10 hours and 22 minutes from sunrise to sunset.

Humid Weather iconHumidity

75 % December average humidity

The relative humidity in Tampa during December usually peaks at 87 percent in the morning then drops to 57 percent by mid afternoon.

Local Time1 am4 am7 am10 am1 pm4 pm7 pm10 pm
Humidity % 85 86 87 72 59 57 74 81

Windy Weather iconWind

8.3 mph December wind speed average 13.4 kph

December is an average month for wind speed at Tampa.

Stormy Weather iconStorms

2 days rainfall of 0.5 inches (13 mm) or more
1 day with thunderstorms in December
Reference

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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