This post covers the weather in December in New Orleans, with a 2023 seasonal outlook.
We include average temperatures, how much rain to expect as well as tips on what to wear and things to do.
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 New Orleans during December.
- Average Temperatures
- Sun vs. Rain
- What to Wear
- Things to Do
- Seasonal Weather Outlook
- Free Tours by Foot
HOW COLD IS NEW ORLEANS IN DECEMBER?
Early in the month afternoon temperatures are mainly in the upper 60s f (about 20C) with overnight lows near 50 f (10C).
About 2-3 afternoons can see temperatures up in the mid-70s f (23-24C).
As the month progresses, the afternoon highs tend to be in the lower 60s f (16-17C) while early morning lows tend to be in the 40s.
A few morning can dip into the 30s f (1-2C) with 1 or 2 of these reaching 32f (0C) or less.
This is perfect weather to join us on one of our pay-what-you-wish walking tours.
SUN VS. RAIN
About 15 days will be sunny or at least partly sunny with about 9 days reporting some rainfall but only 3 of these recording significant rainfalls of 1/2 inch (13mm) or more.
Snow is not an issue in December or any month in New Orleans.
Seasonal Weather Outlooks for New Orleans - October to December 2023 New Orleans
There is a 76% chance for normal to above-normal temperatures with near-normal rainfall.
WHAT TO WEAR
The weather will require a sweater, windbreaker, or light jacket most days.
However, as the month progresses a medium-weight jacket or coat will be a plus for the colder evenings and mornings.
Don't forget your walking shoes as our walking tours run year-round!
WHAT TO DO
There are a variety of events in December in New Orleans, especially as relate to the holiday season.
We offer a Creole Christmas walking tour to learn more about the history of the French Quarter with a Creole Christmas twist.
It is a beautiful time to visit the decorations around the city, especially at the local plantations where you can join in the festivities while learning about these parts of New Orleans' past.
Be sure to read our master post on things to do in New Orleans in December and during the Christmas Holiday.
Many of the popular plantations are included in the various Tourist Passes offered for New Orleans.