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The Weather in Budapest in December

Updated: November 30, 2023

This post covers the weather in Budapest during the month of December, including average temperatures, precipitation, and tips on what to pack.

December in Budapest tends to be cloudy and very cold with a moderate risk for snow.

How Cold Is Budapest in December?

Daytime high temperatures will tend to be around 4-6 C (39-43 F) early in the month, falling to 2-4 C (36-39 F) near the end of the month.

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

The record high temperature in Budapest during December is 19.2 C (66.6 F). 

Late night and early morning lows tend to average between -1 C and +1C (30-34 F) early in the month, falling to -2 to -3 C (27-28 F) near the end of the month.

A few of the colder mornings, especially near the end of the month can dip down to around -11 C (12 F).

The record low temperature in Budapest during December is -19.1 C (-2.4 F).

Sun and Precipitation

About 11-12 days this month will be sunny, or at least partly sunny, with 19-20 days being mostly cloudy.

About 5-6 days record some precipitation which often falls as snow or mixed snow/rain.

Total snowfall during December tends to be light, averaging 4-6 cm (about 2 inches), however, as much as 14-18 cm (5.5-7 inches) can fall on rare occasions. 


The number of daylight hours falls from about 8.8 hours on the 1st to about 8.4 hours on the 22nd.


Mostly light to gentle winds prevail this month at 6-19 kph (4-12 mph) but can occasionally be moderate at 20-28 kph (13-18 mph).

What to Wear in Budapest in December?

December in Budapest is cold so you should pack warm layers that include a thick, waterproof coat or thickly lined jacket.

Winter clothing including leggings and thermal underwear will come in handy, as well as warm water-resistant boots, leggings, or thermal underwear.

In addition, bring along warm socks, a scarf, a hat, and gloves. Don’t forget to bring some comfortable walking shoes!

Things to Do in Budapest in December

While it might be getting colder, there are still plenty of free Budapest walking tours you can enjoy even during the winter.

Better yet, joining one of these tours at this festive time of year ensures you might see some Christmas lighting displays!

Speaking of which, the Christmas markets will also be in full swing this December, and they're the perfect place to do some holiday shopping for your loved ones.

Many of these markets actually have ice skating rinks, which is another fun and festive activity you might want to consider.

For even more great ideas, make sure to read our full article about things to do in Budapest.

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: November 30th, 2023
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