Weather in Lake Michigan, Chicago, United States in December

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Visiting Lake Michigan, Chicago, United States in December

December has average maximum temperatures of 2°C (36°F) which is too cold for sunbathing. The sunshine percentage is 39% making it very cloudy and overcast with some periods of sunshine. There are 3.6 hours of sunshine per day. December has total rainfall of 5.4cm (2.1inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 13.5 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days. It is not a good time for sunbathing in Lake Michigan. Sea temperatures are a cold 5°C (41°F). December is too cold for swimming in Lake Michigan for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

Consider visiting Lake Michigan in the months of June, July, August, September, for the best beach weather.

December brings cold, snowy weather to the Lake Michigan beach in Chicago. The beach is not suitable for swimming, sunbathing, or water sports due to the freezing conditions. However, you can still enjoy a walk along the shore, taking in the serene beauty of the winter landscape. Also consider one of our other suggestions for December.

Can you sunbathe in Lake Michigan in December?

No, December is not a good time for sunbathing in Lake Michigan.

December has average maximum temperatures of 2°C (36°F) which is too cold for sunbathing. The sunshine percentage is 39% making it very cloudy and overcast with some periods of sunshine. There are 3.6 hours of sunshine per day. December has total rainfall of 5.4cm (2.1inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 13.5 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 Lake Michigan in December?

No, December is too cold for swimming in Lake Michigan for any length of time, with the sea water at 5°C (41°F), unless you have a wetsuit.

More about December sea temperatures.

Is December a good time to holiday in Lake Michigan?

No, December is not a good time for a holiday in Lake Michigan.

December has average maximum temperatures of 2°C (36°F) which is too cold for sunbathing. The sunshine percentage is 39% making it very cloudy and overcast with some periods of sunshine. There are 3.6 hours of sunshine per day. December has total rainfall of 5.4cm (2.1inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 13.5 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days. It is not a good time for sunbathing in Lake Michigan. Sea temperatures are a cold 5°C (41°F). December is too cold for swimming in Lake Michigan for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

More about the December temperatures and sunshine.

Is Lake Michigan warm in December?

No, Lake Michigan is too cold for sunbathing in December.

The average maximum temperature in Lake Michigan in December is 2°C (36°F). The average maximum temperature is 10°C (49°) in the previous month and -0°C (32°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Lake Michigan in December is -1°C (30°F). The average temperature is 6°C (42°F) in the previous month and -4°C (25°F) in the next month.

More info about the December temperatures and sunshine.

How sunny is Lake Michigan in December?

The average day light hours per day in Lake Michigan in December are 9.2. The sunshine percentage is 39% making it very cloudy and overcast with some periods of sunshine. There are 3.6 hours of sunshine per day.

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Crowds in Lake Michigan in December

In December, the beach at Lake Michigan, Chicago, is once again practically empty due to the cold weather, snow, and ice. Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations do not take place at the beach, so there is no impact on beach crowds during this month.

Temperature in Lake Michigan in December

The average maximum temperature in Lake Michigan in December is 2°C (36°F). The average maximum temperature is 10°C (49°F) in the previous month and -0°C (32°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Lake Michigan in December is -1°C (30°F). The average temperature is 6°C (42°F) in the previous month and -4°C (25°F) in the next month.

The average minimum temperature in Lake Michigan in December is -4°C (24°F). The minimum temperature is 2°C (35°F) in the previous month and -7°C (19°F) in the next month.

Sunshine in Lake Michigan in December

During December the average day light hours are 9.2 per day in Lake Michigan. The sunshine percentage is 39% making it very cloudy and overcast with some periods of sunshine. There are 3.6 hours of sunshine per day.

The ultraviolet index in Lake Michigan in December is typically 1.5 during December. An ultraviolet index reading of 0 to 2 indicates low danger from the sun's UV rays for the average person. Most people will be able to spend several hours in the sun with out a problem, however unprotected skin risks burning in less than 1 hour. Wear sunglasses on bright days. Only those that burn easily will need to apply sunscreen. Watch out for relections from water that may increase ultraviolet exposure.

Sea Temperature in Lake Michigan in December

The average sea water temperature in Lake Michigan in December is 5°C (41°F) which is extremely cold and not suitable for swimming. Taking a dip at this temperature would risk hypothermia.

Rainfall in Lake Michigan in December

The average total rainfall in Lake Michigan in December is 5.4cm (2.1inches) and on average there are 13.5 rainy days in December making it a pretty wet time to visit the beach.

Humidity in Lake Michigan in December

The maximum dew point (an indicator of humidity) in Lake Michigan in December is -2°C (28°F) which is a bit dry for some. The dew point is 3°C (37°F) in the previous month and -5°C (-5°F) in the next month.

The average maximum relative humidity in Lake Michigan in December is typically 86.1%. The maximum relative humidity is 81.1% in the previous month and 84% in the next month.

The average relative humidity in Lake Michigan in December is typically 74.4%. The average relative humidity is 65.8% in the previous month and 72% in the next month.

Wind Speed in Lake Michigan in December

The average maximum wind speed in Lake Michigan in December is typically 28KM/H (18MPH). The average maximum wind speed is 29KM/H (18MPH) in the previous month and 29KM/H (18MPH) in the next month.

The average wind speed in Lake Michigan in December is typically 16KM/H (10MPH). The average wind speed is 16KM/H (10MPH) in the previous month and 17KM/H (11MPH) in the next month.

The average wind direction in Lake Michigan in December is from the West-Southwest.

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