Country Overview For New Zealand
The climate in New Zealand is typically temperate with sharp regional contrasts. The terrain: predominately mountainous with some large coastal plains. For Wellington in January the daily average maximum temperatures is 23°C with the average minimum 16°C, while in June the average maximum is 15°C with a minimum of 9°C. The wettest month for Wellington is July with an average of 122.0mm of precipitation falling while the driest month is January with 52.1mm falling.
HISTORICAL MONTHLY AVERAGES FOR DECEMBER
The information presented below gives detailed historical monthly average weather conditions along with exceptional weather occurrences. To maintain relevance to current weather trends the displayed information has been calculated using data collected over the past two decades. The climate profile is taken from closest available data source to Rugby Park Stadium.
Throughout the month of December daytime temperatures will generally reach highs of around 17°C that's about 63°F. At night the average minimum temperature drops down to around 8°C, that's 47°F.
In recent times the highest recorded temperature in December has been 27°C that's 81°F, with the lowest recorded temperature 2°C, about 35°F.
The average daily relative humidity for December is around 76%.
The Heat Index is a measure of how hot it feels when relative humidity is added to actual air temperature. From this a comfort level is calculated providing categories on how heat conditions might adversely affect someone.
Comfort Levels: Given average maximum temperatures and humidity levels generally you should not anticipate any discomfort from heat (see heat index for more information).
The average monthly amount of precipitation has been recorded at around 86 mm, that's 3 inches.
Estimated Hours of Sunshine per Day
We calculate sunshine hours per day using our past forecast data. For December expect the sun to shine for an average of 8 hours per day. This represents the average number of hours in the daytime that the sun is visible and not obscured by cloud e.g. the average number of hours the sun is actually out and shining. Note we calculate hours of sunshine per day using our past forecast data, not observation data, thus it is an estimate and not actual.
The average daily wind speed in December has been around 19 km/h, that’s the equivalent to about 12 mph, or 10 knots. In recent years the maximum sustained wind speed has reached 72 km/h, that’s the equivalent of around 45 mph, or 39 knots.
SWIMMING AND WATER TEMPERATURE
The temperature of water an individual will feel comfortable in is very much personal preference. What feels unbearably cold to one person for a swim might be fine for another. We have created our own Swimming Water Temperature Index offering a guide to water temperature and comfort levels for swimming;
In December, for the nearest coastal location, the temperature of the sea averages around 11°C, that's 52° Fahrenheit. Our index indicates for swimming this is considered cold and even the most hardy among us would find any more than a few minutes in the water uncomfortable.
YEARLY TRENDS: WEATHER AVERAGES & EXTREMES
The following charts show yearly weather trends with information on monthly weather averages and extremes.
The chart below plots the average high and low temperature for each month of the year. It also shows the maximum and minimum recorded temperatures.
The chart below plots the average monthly precipitation amount.
The chart below plots the average daily wind speed you can expect for any month. It also shows the maximum recorded sustained wind speed for each month.