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How is the weather in New Orleans in December?

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This post covers the weather in December in New Orleans, including average temperatures, how much rain to expect as well as tips on what to wear and things to do.

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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 with a few days dipping 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.



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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.


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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!


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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.


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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 this 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.



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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: September 27th, 2021
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