This post is our forecast for December weather in New York City, with tips on what to wear and things to do.
Be sure to check out our post on things to do for Christmas in New York.
- Average Temperatures
- How Much Rain + Snow
- 2022-23 Seasonal Outlook
- What to Wear
- Things to Do in December
- Christmas in NYC
Early in December, the weather can sometimes still be mild with afternoon high temperatures mostly in the upper 40's F (8-9 C).
There are 2-3 days likely reaching into the upper 50's F or even to the lower 60's f (about 15-16 C).
Morning lows during early December tend to be mostly in the mid to upper 30's f (2-3 C).
How Cold Is New York in December?
As the month progresses, the afternoon temperatures fall into the upper 30's f (3-4 C) while early morning lows dip into the upper 20's f (-2 to -3 C).
On a few of the colder nights and mornings, the temperature will dip down into the mid-teens (-9 to -10 C).
DOES IT SNOW IN NYC IN DECEMBER?
With about 18 days this month offering either sunny or at least partly sunny skies, December is still a great time to visit the Big Apple.
About 10 days will have some precipitation but only about 3 days, on average, record significant amounts of 0.5 inches (13 mm) or more.
Does It Snow in New York in December?
Snow can occur at times with 2-3 days normally seeing some snow, however, only 1 day, on average, will receive snowfalls of 1 inch (2.5 cm) or more.
Heavier snowfalls of 3 inches (7.6 cm) or more occur only on about one day every other year.
Check out our full post for predicting when it will snow in NYC this winter.
WHAT TO WEAR IN NYC DURING DECEMBER
New York winter can get pretty cold!
We've made a list below of essentials to pack to make sure you're comfortable while visiting New York in December:
1. Winter Jacket
A good coat is essential to pack. Something warm like wool or down will keep you comfortable while exploring the outdoors.
Layers, like long sleeves and sweaters, are good to pack. A variety of them will allow you to dress to your comfort level.
We also recommend a hat, scarf, and gloves.
Pack some comfortable wool socks to pair with them and you'll be ready to walk all day!
For a full list of December activities, check our extensive post on things to do in December.
And if you are planning on visiting many of NYC's top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount pass as you could save up to 50% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants.
Below are just a few highlights of all the things to do in New York in December:
- Attend a professional sporting event.
- See a touring artist in concert.
- Enjoy a Broadway show.
- Take a walking tour of NYC.
- Go on a boat tour.
- Take a Holiday Tour.
- Visit a Christmas Market.
- Check out all of NYC's popular attractions.
- Spend New Year's Even in Times Square.
- Save money with a tourist attraction discount pass.
Get more ideas on our full post of things to do in December.
SEASONAL OUTLOOK - December 2022 to February 2023
There is a 73 % chance for normal to above normal temperatures with near normal rainfall.