New York weather

Our guide to the weather in New York during December

6

Average high

2

UV Index

7mm

Month rainfall

75%

Humidity

New York is a city of extremes and the weather is no exception. We've looked at the most up-to-date weather data for New York, covering the last 12 years up to 2022, plus we've asked our team of travel bloggers for their first-hand experiences in order to answer the most frequently asked questions about New York weather in December.

What's the temperature like in New York during December?

It's cold in New York during December. The temperature tops out at around 6℃ during the day, falling away to 2℃ at night. The UV index will be low at this time of year, so not something to worry about. However, if you're going to be outside for long periods it's always a good idea to apply a small amount of sunscreen to exposed skin.

Does it snow in New York during December?

Possibly. There's a chance of snow during December but not as much as you might think. Check the local forecast before you leave home so that you can pack appropriate footwear and clothing.

Does it rain in New York during December?

On average, there will be 9 rainy days during the month, amounting to 7.4mm in total. That's almost nothing at all, therefore rain isn't something we think you need to consider. You're not likely to see a thunderstorm during your trip.

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Books inspired by New York

Our hand-picked selection of books to get you in the mood for your New York holiday

Cosmopolis

Don DeLillo

Follows an eventful day in the life of Eric, a self-made billionaire who gets stuck in traffic in the back of his limo on a journey across New York to get a haircut. He conducts his business and his life from the confined space, his bodyguards worried that he may be a target. Complex but uniquely matter-of-fact, this book will challenge you and make you think.

The Godfather

Mario Puzo

The classic novel about Don Corleone and his crime family set in New York's criminal underworld.

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara

A profound and beautifully-written novel about four ambitious US college friends who move to New York to begin their lives and careers after graduating. Deeply disturbing, but with an enduring human love and kindness, this book will move you in a way that none has before. Everyone should read it.

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2020 was supposed to be a huge year for travel but obviously my plans have been put on hold. Today, Stefan and I should’ve been visiting Disneyland in California but instead, we’re in lockdown in separate houses. It’s hard to know what to post about in this crisis but I’ve decided to talk about my Multi-Centre trip to the USA as something to look forward to. As you may know, we were supposed to be in the US for three weeks now but we had to cancel. Thankfully, we managed to get about...

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