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Visiting North Island, New Zealand in December

December is one of the best months to visit North Island for the best beach weather. It has the most sunshine and best sunbathing and swimming conditions of the year.

December has average maximum temperatures of 20°C (67°F) which is not that warm but sunbathing may be possible on some clear days. The sunshine percentage is 49.3% making it quite sunny but with regular periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.2 hours of sunshine per day. December has total rainfall of 1.7cm (0.7inches) making it mostly dry but with short lived occasional showers. There are only 13.9 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days. Sea temperatures are a cold 17°C (63°F). December is too cold for swimming in North Island for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

Also consider visiting North Island in one of the other best months of January, February, March, for the best beach weather.

Also consider one of our other suggestions for December.

Can you sunbathe in North Island in December?

No, December is not a good time for sunbathing in North Island.

December has average maximum temperatures of 20°C (67°F) which is not that warm but sunbathing may be possible on some clear days. The sunshine percentage is 49.3% making it quite sunny but with regular periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.2 hours of sunshine per day. December has total rainfall of 1.7cm (0.7inches) making it mostly dry but with short lived occasional showers. There are only 13.9 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days.

More about December temperature and sunshine.

Can you swim in North Island in December?

No, December is too cold for swimming in North Island for any length of time, with the sea water at 17°C (63°F), unless you have a wetsuit.

More about December sea temperatures.

Is December a good time to holiday in North Island?

Yes, December is a good time for a holiday in North Island.

December has average maximum temperatures of 20°C (67°F) which is not that warm but sunbathing may be possible on some clear days. The sunshine percentage is 49.3% making it quite sunny but with regular periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.2 hours of sunshine per day. December has total rainfall of 1.7cm (0.7inches) making it mostly dry but with short lived occasional showers. There are only 13.9 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days. Sea temperatures are a cold 17°C (63°F). December is too cold for swimming in North Island for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

More about the December temperatures and sunshine.

Is North Island warm in December?

Yes, North Island is not that warm but sunbathing may be possible on some clear days in December.

The average maximum temperature in North Island in December is 20°C (67°F). The average maximum temperature is 18°C (64°) in the previous month and 21°C (70°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in North Island in December is 16°C (61°F). The average temperature is 14°C (58°F) in the previous month and 17°C (63°F) in the next month.

More info about the December temperatures and sunshine.

How sunny is North Island in December?

The average day light hours per day in North Island in December are 14.6. The sunshine percentage is 49.3% making it quite sunny but with regular periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.2 hours of sunshine per day.

More about December sunshine.

Temperature in North Island in December

The average maximum temperature in North Island in December is 20°C (67°F). The average maximum temperature is 18°C (64°F) in the previous month and 21°C (70°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in North Island in December is 16°C (61°F). The average temperature is 14°C (58°F) in the previous month and 17°C (63°F) in the next month.

The average minimum temperature in North Island in December is 14°C (58°F). The minimum temperature is 12°C (54°F) in the previous month and 15°C (59°F) in the next month.

Sunshine in North Island in December

During December the average day light hours are 14.6 per day in North Island. The sunshine percentage is 49.3% making it quite sunny but with regular periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.2 hours of sunshine per day.

The ultraviolet index in North Island in December is typically 12.7 during December. An ultraviolet index reading above 11 indicates an extreme risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Unprotected skin risks burning in less than 10 minutes. Take all precautions because unprotected skin and eyes can burn in minutes. Tanning will be safest before 10am and after 4pm but only with a good application of sun screen. For those with sensitive skin stay in the shade and wear protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses. Generously apply broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every 2 hours, even on cloudy days. Watch out for relections from water that may increase ultraviolet exposure.

Sea Temperature in North Island in December

The average sea water temperature in North Island in December is 17°C (62.6°F) which is cool for swimming, shorty wetsuit may help you extend your time in the water.

Rainfall in North Island in December

The average total rainfall in North Island in December is 1.7cm (0.7inches) and on average there are 13.9 rainy days in December making it a pretty wet time to visit the beach.

Humidity in North Island in December

The maximum dew point (an indicator of humidity) in North Island in December is 15°C (58°F) which is comfortable for everyone. The dew point is 13°C (55°F) in the previous month and 15°C (15°F) in the next month.

The average maximum relative humidity in North Island in December is typically 83.2%. The maximum relative humidity is 81.5% in the previous month and 80.3% in the next month.

The average relative humidity in North Island in December is typically 69.8%. The average relative humidity is 67.8% in the previous month and 65.5% in the next month.

Wind Speed in North Island in December

The average maximum wind speed in North Island in December is typically 25KM/H (16MPH). The average maximum wind speed is 27KM/H (17MPH) in the previous month and 26KM/H (16MPH) in the next month.

The average wind speed in North Island in December is typically 15KM/H (9MPH). The average wind speed is 16KM/H (10MPH) in the previous month and 15KM/H (9MPH) in the next month.

The average wind direction in North Island in December is from the West.

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