Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Long-term weather forecast
Long-term weather forecast

December weather forecast and climate
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

An evening view of Edinburgh in Scotland, United Kingdom, across from the lovely Princess Street Gardens
An evening view of Edinburgh in Scotland, United Kingdom, across from the lovely Princess Street Gardens
December, the first month of the winter, in Edinburgh, is also a frosty month, with temperature in the range of an average high of 7°C (44.6°F) and an average low of 1.3°C (34.3°F).

Temperature

January and December, with an average high-temperature of 7°C (44.6°F), are the coldest months.

Rainfall

In Edinburgh, in December, it is raining for 11.4 days, with typically 60.8mm (2.4") of accumulated precipitation. Throughout the year, there are 124.2 rainfall days, and 704.3mm (27.7") of precipitation is accumulated.

Sea temperature

In Edinburgh, the average seawater temperature is 9.4°C (48.9°F).
Note: Swimming in 9.4°C (48.9°F) is considered life-threatening. Even a few minutes in 13°C (55.4°F) water is uncomfortable, and swimming below 10°C (50°F) may cause total loss of breathing control and cold shock, depending on a person's physique.

Daylight

With an average of 7.1h of daylight, December has the shortest days of the year.

Sunshine

The month with the least sunshine is December, with an average of 1.5h of sunshine.

UV index

January and December, with an average maximum UV index of 0, are months with the lowest UV index in Edinburgh. A UV Index value of 2, and less, symbolizes a minimal health hazard from the exposure to the Sun's UV radiation for ordinary individuals.
Note: The average daily UV index of 0 transform into the following instructions:
People with sensitive skin, children, and babies should always be protected from prolonged sun exposure. The solar radiation is most powerful near the mid-day, so the exposure to the direct Sun should be reduced accordingly. Sun-protective clothing, a long-sleeved shirt and pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and UVA and UVB-blocking sunglasses are particularly helpful in blocking UV radiation's harmful effects.

What is the coldest month in Edinburgh?

The coldest months are January and December, with an average high-temperature of 7°C (44.6°F).

What is the temperature in December in Edinburgh?

In December, in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, the average high-temperature is 7°C (44.6°F), and the average low-temperature is 1.3°C (34.3°F).

How much does it rain in Edinburgh in December?

In Edinburgh, during December, the rain falls for 11.4 days and regularly aggregates up to 60.8mm (2.4") of precipitation.

What is the sea water temperature in December in Edinburgh?

In December, the average sea temperature in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, is 9.4°C (48.9°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 Edinburgh?

The month with the shortest days is December, with an average of 7.1h of daylight.

How many hours of daylight does Edinburgh have in December?

The average length of the day in December in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, is 7.1h.

What is the month with the least sunshine in Edinburgh?

December has the least sunshine of the year, with an average of 1.5h of sunshine.

How many hours of sunshine does Edinburgh have in December?

The average sunshine in December in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, is 1.5h.

What is the month with the lowest UV index in Edinburgh?

Months with the lowest UV index in Edinburgh are January and December, with an average maximum UV index of 0.

What is the UV index reading in December in Edinburgh?

The average daily maximum UV index in December is 0. A UV Index estimate of 2, and below, represents a low health threat from the exposure to the Sun's UV rays.
Average temperature in December - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Average high temperature in December: 7°C

The warmest month (with the highest average high temperature) is July (19.1°C).
Months with the lowest average high temperature are January and December (7°C).

  • Average low temperature in December: 1.3°C

The month with the highest average low temperature is July (11.5°C).
The coldest month (with the lowest average low temperature) is December (1.3°C).

Average rainfall in December - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Average rainfall in December: 60.8mm

The wettest month (with the highest rainfall) is October (75.6mm).
The driest month (with the lowest rainfall) is April (40.5mm).

Average rainfall days in December - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Average rainfall days in December: 11.4 days

The month with the highest number of rainy days is January (12.5 days).
The month with the lowest number of rainy days is April (8.8 days).

Average sea temperature in December - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Average sea temperature in December: 9.4°C

The best month for swimming (with the highest average sea temperature) is August (15°C).
The coldest month (with the lowest average sea temperature) is March (6.9°C).

Average daylight in December / Average sunshine in December - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Average daylight in December: 7.1h

The month with the longest days is June (Average daylight: 17.5h).
The month with shortest days is December (Average daylight: 7.1h).

  • Average sunshine in December: 1.5h

The month with most sunshine is May (Average sunshine: 6.1h).
The month with least sunshine is December (Average sunshine: 1.5h).

Average UV index in December - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Average UV index in December: 0

Months with the highest UV index are May, June, July and August (UV index 5).
Months with the lowest UV index are January and December (UV index 0).