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The Weather in Berlin in December

Updated: January 13, 2024

This post explains the weather in Berlin in December, updated for 2024.

We include average temperatures, rain, and show, as well as what to wear.

As a retired meteorologist turned tour guide, I didn't expect that I would use my experience as a forecaster in my new career in tourism.

But here I am, finding myself answering more weather questions as a blogger than I ever did as a weatherman.

So, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the weather in Berlin in October.

How Cold Is Berlin in December?

Daytime high temperatures tend to be around 5-6 C (41-42 F) early in December, falling to 2-3 C (36-38 F) near the end of the month. 

A few of the warmer days, mostly early in the month, can reach up near 11C (52 F).

The record high temperature in Berlin during December was 15.6 C (60 F).

Late night and early morning low temperatures will be around 0 to 1 C (32-34 F) early in December, falling to - 2 to -1 C (28-30 F) by the end of the month.

A few of the colder mornings, especially late in the month, can dip down to around -3 C (26 F).

Overall, about 19 days this month see temperatures dipping to 0 C (32 F) or less.

Does It Snow in Berlin in December?

During December in Berlin, you can expect about 4-5 sunny, 3-5 partly sunny, and 22-23 mostly cloudy days.

Some precipitation falls on about 20 days with snow falling on 6-10 of these.

Total snowfall during December, however, is light, at 2.5-5 cm (1-2 inches) but sometimes can total 8-13 cm (3-5 inches).


Total daylight hours fall from just over 8 hours on the 1st to a minimum of about 7.6 hours on the 21st.


The wind this month tends to be gentle to moderate at 12-28 kph (8-18 mph) but briefly can be fresh at 29-38 kph (19-24 mph).  

What to Wear in Berlin in December?

Winter in Berlin is cold and damp and requires dressing in layers, including some thermal underwear.

A heavy water-resistant coat is a must, along with some long wool scarves and gloves.

Also, you should consider bringing along a couple of sweaters, warm socks, and waterproof boots. 

Things to Do in Berlin in December

It will be pretty cold, and chances are there will be some rain and even a little snow.

But, if you can handle the weather, you might want to consider taking a pay-what-you-wish walking tour in Berlin.

Since it is the holiday season, you might want to consider visiting one of the many wonderful Christmas markets in Berlin.

If you're visiting with children, consider taking them to the Christmas Garden, where the whole family can enjoy some ice skating!

Looking for a concert to attend? Consider one of the following opportunities:

For even more ideas, make sure to check our full post covering things to do in Berlin in December.

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Fred Pickhardt

Ocean Weather Services 

About The Author

Fred Pickhardt

Fred is a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. He has extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, and forensic weather event reconstructions. Fred founded Ocean Weather Services and currently provides forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
Updated: January 13th, 2024
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