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 2021, 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

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The Godfather

Mario Puzo

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

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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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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.

New York Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers

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6th February 2021 by Hand Luggage Only

12 best things to do in Brooklyn, New York City

Just over the river from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, Brooklyn is a pretty epic neighbourhood to explore whilst in New York City. With museums, flea markets, parks and cool bars, it’s an area that’s well worth visiting whilst visiting the city; after all, the Big Apple isn’t just about Manhattan. So, to help you find the best things to do in Brooklyn, I wanted to share some of our total favourite spots that you can’t miss....

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27th January 2021 by Hand Luggage Only

24 very best things to do in New York

New York is an incredible city to explore! It’s a hive of activity, buzzing with life, culture and loads of foodie haunts to fill up at. That being said, with all these best things to do in New York, it can be hard to prioritize just a few of the best areas of the city. Now, you can obviously see a lot in a day in New York. That being said, there’s a massive amount of free things to do in New York that you’ll probably end up spending months trying to see. Obviously, if you’re heading...

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21st January 2021 by Rachel Nicole

New York, Las Vegas & Los Angeles – The dream itinerary

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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9th February 2021 by Andy

An insider guide to New York

With an abundance of skyscrapers, parks, full-service hotels, miles of museums and every shop you can shake your credit card at: it’s no wonder New York welcomes over 60 million tourists annually. Planning a trip to the city that never sleeps can certainly cause a few sleepless nights. How do you fit everything in? Will you have time to see it all? How will you get around? With so much to see and do in the city, planning is key.First things first: Create your wishlistMaking a list of...

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17th December 2019 by PommieTravels

How to spend a weekend break in New York City

No city defines America quite like NYC. New York represents diversity, dreams, ambition, and wealth. Around every corner, you’re witnessing someone’s success story. Some have made it, while others are on their way. In short, it’s an exciting place to visit. However, the Big Apple’s vast number of attractions, restaurants, and bars makes planning an itinerary difficult. Plotting out activities for a week can be challenging, but what if you only have 48 hours?...

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22nd August 2019 by Budget Traveller

My favourite budget places to stay in New York

One of the most common questions I get from readers is if I can recommend them a good hostel to stay in New York that is not too expensive. There are a few decent budget places to stay in New York but forget about finding a cheap room in New York. For anything half decent, good location, clean -you’re looking at around $150-$200 for a private room. One way to save money in New York is by choosing to stay in a hostel. Based on my recent trip to the Big Apple, I’ve rounded up my 3 best...

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23rd May 2019 by The Wandering Quinn

10 things I’d do on a return trip to NYC in my 30’s

New York City is amazing at any age and I’ve heard it only get’s better the more you visit! This Summer marks 9 years since I flew to the USA to work at a Summer Camp for 3 months and then spend a month travelling around the US. Of course New York was high on my list to visit and a group of us from my Camp all went there after a fun week in Miami together. I’ve only returned to New York one time since which was for a few hours on a layover in April 2015. I remembered why I loved it the...

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