New York City - Recent December Temperatures, Rain & Snow





The numbers here describe what the December weather in New York City, New York was like for every year since 2010. A series of tables gives December data by year for temperature, precipitation and snowfall.

They begin with average maximum and minimum temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit and Celsius. That's followed by how many hot or cold days occurred each December. Then there's information on how much rain and snow actually landed this month during recent years, as well as how often New York City had wet or snowy weather.

The climate data come from weather measurements made at Central Park.

Temperature Weather iconTemperature

December temperature averages by year in New York City
High °F Low °F Year High °C Low °C
45 33 2020 7 1
44 33 2019 6 1
45 35 2018 7 2
40 30 2017 4 -1
44 33 2016 7 0
56 45 2015 14 7
45 36 2014 7 2
45 33 2013 7 0
46 37 2012 8 3
50 37 2011 10 3
38 28 2010 3 -2
Number of days in December when the temperature in New York City dropped to 32 or below, or rose to at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit
32 °F
0 °C
Year 70 °F
21 °C
14 2020 0
15 2019 0
11 2018 0
16 2017 0
11 2016 0
0 2015 1
10 2014 0
19 2013 1
8 2012 0
10 2011 0
25 2010 0

Rainy Weather iconPrecipitation

This table gives the total precipitation that fell on New York City during December in each year from 2010. The number of days with precipitation counts the days when rainfall or snowfall (when melted) amounted to 0.01 inches (0.3 millimeters) or more.

Total precipitation for December in New York City
Days Year Inches Milli­metres
10 2020 4.6 117
14 2019 7.1 180
13 2018 6.5 165
9 2017 2.2 56
12 2016 2.9 73
15 2015 4.7 120
16 2014 6.0 153
12 2013 4.9 123
17 2012 4.8 122
9 2011 4.0 102
6 2010 4.2 108

Snowy Weather iconSnow

Amount of snowfall in New York City for December and number of days when new snow totalled at least 1 inch (2.5 centimetres)
Days Year Inches Centi­metres
2 2020 10.5 27
1 2019 2.5 6
0 2018 0.0 0
3 2017 7.0 18
1 2016 3.2 8
0 2015 0.0 0
1 2014 1.0 3
3 2013 8.6 22
0 2012 0.4 1
0 2011 0.0 0
2 2010 20.1 51
Reference

Jay Lawrimore. 2016. Global Summary of the Month, Version 1.0. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. 

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