December weather forecast
Vancouver, Canada

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The Coal Harbor, and trees of the Stanley Park, with the city of Vancouver, Canada
The Coal Harbor, and trees of the Stanley Park, with the city of Vancouver, Canada

Weather in December

December, the final month in Vancouver's climatological calendar, introduces colder temperatures and increased precipitation, marking the arrival of winter. Snowfall becomes a standard feature this month, attaining 41mm (1.61"), commencing the true essence of Canadian winters. December wraps the city with its cold winds, dense fogs, and frosty surroundings, providing a perfect setting for holiday festivities. Despite the shorter days, the Christmas lights illuminate the city, offering a festive radiance. December's weather culminates by contrasting the wet and relatively warmer November, while simultaneously setting the stage for a fresh start in January.

Temperature

December, recording an average high temperature of 4.7°C (40.5°F) and a low temperature of 1.9°C (35.4°F), is Vancouver's coldest month.

Humidity

In December, the average relative humidity is 82%.

Rainfall

In Vancouver, during December, the rain falls for 19.5 days and regularly aggregates up to 188mm (7.4") of precipitation. Throughout the year, there are 192.4 rainfall days, and 1325mm (52.17") of precipitation is accumulated.

Snowfall

Months with snowfall are January through April, November and December. In Vancouver, in December, during 2 snowfall days, 41mm (1.61") of snow is typically accumulated. In Vancouver, during the entire year, snow falls for 10.2 days and aggregates up to 192mm (7.56") of snow.

Sea temperature

In Vancouver, in December, the average water temperature is 7.7°C (45.9°F).
Note: Swimming in 7.7°C (45.9°F) poses a severe threat. Even short exposure to 13°C (55.4°F) is chilling, and going below 10°C (50°F) can cause breathing irregularities and intense cold shock, based on one's stamina.

Daylight

With an average of 8h and 18min of daylight, December has the shortest days of the year in Vancouver.
On the first day of the month, sunrise is at 7:47 am and sunset at 4:16 pm. On the last day of December, in Vancouver, Canada, sunrise is at 8:07 am and sunset at 4:24 pm PST.

Sunshine

The months with the least sunshine are January and December, with an average of 3.9h of sunshine.

UV index

The months with the lowest UV index in Vancouver, Canada, are January, February, November and December, with an average maximum UV index of 2. A UV Index reading of 2, and below, represents a low threat to health from unsafe exposure to UV radiation for the average person.
Note: The UV index of 2 in December translates into these instructions:
Despite most people tolerating extended sun exposure, it is critical to always protect those with sensitive skin, infants, and children. Avoiding the Sun during its peak radiation time around midday is a healthy practice. Using UVA and UVB-protective sunglasses and sun-protective clothing is effective against UV radiation. Beware! The strength of the UV rays is increased nearly double-fold by the reflection of the snow.
Updated: Feb 5, 2024 | Published by: Weather Atlas | About Us / Weather Forecasting / Data Sources

Frequently asked questions

What month is the coldest in Vancouver?

During the coldest month in Vancouver, December, temperatures average a high of 4.7°C (40.5°F) and a low of 1.9°C (35.4°F).

Is it cold in Vancouver during December?

The average high-temperature and low-temperature in Vancouver during December are 4.7°C (40.5°F) and 1.9°C (35.4°F) respectively.

What is the average humidity in December in Vancouver?

In Vancouver, Canada, the average relative humidity in December is 82%.

How much does it rain in Vancouver in December?

In Vancouver, in December, during 19.5 rainfall days, 188mm (7.4") of precipitation is typically accumulated.

How many days does it snow in December in Vancouver?

In Vancouver, Canada, in December, snow falls for 2 days, with typically accumulated 41mm (1.61") of snow.

How cold is the water in December in Vancouver?

In December, the average sea temperature is 7.7°C (45.9°F). At temperatures below 10°C (50°F), swimming in a suitably protected swimsuit is feasible; otherwise, cold shock and loss of breathing control are imminent. Even a short swim, without thermal protection, at temperatures around 13°C (55.4°F) is not comfortable.

What is the month with the shortest days in Vancouver?

The month with the shortest days is December, with an average of 8h and 18min of daylight.

What is the average length of the day in December in Vancouver?

In December, the average day length in Vancouver is 8h and 16min.

When is the sunrise / sunset in December in Vancouver?

On the first day of December, sunrise is at 7:47 am and sunset at 4:16 pm. On the last day of the month, sunrise is at 8:07 am and sunset at 4:24 pm PST.

What is the month with the least sunshine in Vancouver?

January and December, with an average of 3.9h of sunshine, are months with the least sunshine in Vancouver.

How many hours of sunshine does Vancouver have in December?

In Vancouver, Canada, the average sunshine duration in December is 3.9h.

What are the months with the lowest UV index in Vancouver?

January, February, November and December, with an average maximum UV index of 2, are months with the lowest UV index in Vancouver.

What is the UV index reading in December in Vancouver?

In Vancouver, the average daily maximum UV index in December is 2. A UV Index of 2, and less, symbolizes a low health risk from unsafe exposure to Sun's UV rays.
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Average snowfall days
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Average temperature in December
Vancouver, Canada

Average temperature in December - Vancouver, Canada
  • Average high temperature in December: 4.7°C

The warmest month (with the highest average high temperature) is July (19.3°C).
The month with the lowest average high temperature is December (4.7°C).

  • Average low temperature in December: 1.9°C

The month with the highest average low temperature is August (13.4°C).
The coldest month (with the lowest average low temperature) is December (1.9°C).

Average pressure in December
Vancouver, Canada

Average pressure in December - Vancouver, Canada
  • Average pressure in December: 1017.9mbar

The month with the highest atmospheric pressure is January (1018.1mbar).
The month with the lowest atmospheric pressure is March (1015.7mbar).

Average wind speed in December
Vancouver, Canada

Average wind speed in December - Vancouver, Canada
  • Average wind speed in December: 11.3km/h

The windiest month (with the highest average wind speed) is November (11.4km/h).
The calmest month (with the lowest average wind speed) is August (6.3km/h).

Average humidity in December
Vancouver, Canada

Average humidity in December - Vancouver, Canada
  • Average humidity in December: 82%

The month with the highest relative humidity is January (84%).
The month with the lowest relative humidity is July (75%).

Average rainfall in December
Vancouver, Canada

Average rainfall in December - Vancouver, Canada
  • Average rainfall in December: 188mm

The wettest month (with the highest rainfall) is November (209mm).
The driest month (with the least rainfall) is July (24mm).

Average rainfall days in December
Vancouver, Canada

Average rainfall days in December - Vancouver, Canada
  • Average rainfall days in December: 19.5 days

The month with the highest number of rainy days is March (20.6 days).
The month with the least rainy days is August (8.8 days).

Average snowfall in December
Vancouver, Canada

Average snowfall in December - Vancouver, Canada
  • Average snowfall in December: 41mm

The month with the highest snowfall is February (67mm).
The months with the least snowfall are May, June, July, August, September and October (0mm).

Average snowfall days in December
Vancouver, Canada

Average snowfall days in December - Vancouver, Canada
  • Average snowfall days in December: 2 days

The month with the highest number of snowfall days is February (3.8 days).
The months with the least snowfall days are May, June, July, August, September and October (0 days).

Average sea temperature in December
Vancouver, Canada

Average sea temperature in December - Vancouver, Canada
  • Average sea temperature in December: 7.7°C

The best months for swimming (with the highest average sea temperature) are August and September (11.3°C).
The coldest month (with the lowest average sea temperature) is February (6.8°C).

Average daylight in December /
Average sunshine in December
Vancouver, Canada

Average daylight in December / Average sunshine in December - Vancouver, Canada
  • Average daylight in December: 8h and 2min

The month with the longest days is June (Average daylight: 16h and 12min).
The month with the shortest days is December (Average daylight: 8h and 18min).

  • Average sunshine in December: 3h and 5min

The month with the most sunshine is July (Average sunshine: 10h and 36min).
The months with the least sunshine are January and December (Average sunshine: 3h and 54min).

Average sunshine days in December
Vancouver, Canada

Average sunshine days in December - Vancouver, Canada
  • Average sunshine days in December: 10 days

The month with the most sunshine days is August (19.4 days).
The months with the least sunshine days are February and March (8.3 days).

Average UV index in December
Vancouver, Canada

Average UV index in December - Vancouver, Canada
  • Average UV index in December: 2

The month with the highest UV index is July (UV index 5).
The months with the lowest UV index are January, February, November and December (UV index 2).

Average cloud cover in December
Vancouver, Canada

Average cloud cover in December - Vancouver, Canada
  • Average cloud cover in December: 59

The months with the most cloud cover are January and December (Cloud cover 59).
The months with the least cloud cover are July and August (Cloud cover 26).

Average visibility in December
Vancouver, Canada

Average visibility in December - Vancouver, Canada
  • Average visibility in December: 9km

The months with the highest visibility are June, July and August (10km).
The months with the lowest visibility are January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November and December (9km).

Vancouver, Canada

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