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Visiting New Zealand in December

December is one of the best months to visit New Zealand 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 19°C (67°F) which is not that warm but sunbathing may be possible on some clear days. The sunshine percentage is 51.4% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.6 hours of sunshine per day. December has total rainfall of 4.3cm (1.7inches) making it mostly dry but with short lived occasional showers. There are only 13.3 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days. Sea temperatures are a cold 16°C (61°F). December is too cold for swimming in New Zealand for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

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

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Can you sunbathe in New Zealand in December?

No, December is not a good time for sunbathing in New Zealand.

December has average maximum temperatures of 19°C (67°F) which is not that warm but sunbathing may be possible on some clear days. The sunshine percentage is 51.4% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.6 hours of sunshine per day. December has total rainfall of 4.3cm (1.7inches) making it mostly dry but with short lived occasional showers. There are only 13.3 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days.

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Can you swim in New Zealand in December?

No, December is too cold for swimming in New Zealand for any length of time, with the sea water at 16°C (61°F), unless you have a wetsuit.

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Is December a good time to holiday in New Zealand?

Yes, December is a good time for a holiday in New Zealand.

December has average maximum temperatures of 19°C (67°F) which is not that warm but sunbathing may be possible on some clear days. The sunshine percentage is 51.4% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.6 hours of sunshine per day. December has total rainfall of 4.3cm (1.7inches) making it mostly dry but with short lived occasional showers. There are only 13.3 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days. Sea temperatures are a cold 16°C (61°F). December is too cold for swimming in New Zealand for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

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Is New Zealand warm in December?

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

The average maximum temperature in New Zealand in December is 19°C (67°F). The average maximum temperature is 17°C (63°) in the previous month and 21°C (69°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in New Zealand in December is 16°C (60°F). The average temperature is 14°C (57°F) in the previous month and 17°C (62°F) in the next month.

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How sunny is New Zealand in December?

The average day light hours per day in New Zealand in December are 14.8. The sunshine percentage is 51.4% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.6 hours of sunshine per day.

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Temperature in New Zealand in December

The average maximum temperature in New Zealand in December is 19°C (67°F). The average maximum temperature is 17°C (63°F) in the previous month and 21°C (69°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in New Zealand in December is 16°C (60°F). The average temperature is 14°C (57°F) in the previous month and 17°C (62°F) in the next month.

The average minimum temperature in New Zealand in December is 13°C (56°F). The minimum temperature is 11°C (52°F) in the previous month and 14°C (57°F) in the next month.

Sunshine in New Zealand in December

During December the average day light hours are 14.8 per day in New Zealand. The sunshine percentage is 51.4% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 7.6 hours of sunshine per day.

The ultraviolet index in New Zealand in December is typically 12.3 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 New Zealand in December

The average sea water temperature in New Zealand in December is 16.1°C (61.0°F) which is cool for swimming, shorty wetsuit may help you extend your time in the water.

Rainfall in New Zealand in December

The average total rainfall in New Zealand in December is 4.3cm (1.7inches) and on average there are 13.3 rainy days in December making it a pretty wet time to visit the beach.

Humidity in New Zealand in December

The maximum dew point (an indicator of humidity) in New Zealand in December is 10°C (50°F) which is a bit dry for some. The dew point is 9°C (47°F) in the previous month and 10°C (10°F) in the next month.

The average maximum relative humidity in New Zealand in December is typically 56.9%. The maximum relative humidity is 55.7% in the previous month and 54.9% in the next month.

The average relative humidity in New Zealand in December is typically 47.8%. The average relative humidity is 46.4% in the previous month and 44.8% in the next month.

Wind Speed in New Zealand in December

The average maximum wind speed in New Zealand in December is typically 17KM/H (11MPH). The average maximum wind speed is 18KM/H (11MPH) in the previous month and 18KM/H (11MPH) in the next month.

The average wind speed in New Zealand in December is typically 10KM/H (6MPH). The average wind speed is 11KM/H (7MPH) in the previous month and 10KM/H (6MPH) in the next month.

The average wind direction in New Zealand in December is from the South-Southwest.

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