Weather in Scotland, United Kingdom in December

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Visiting Scotland, United Kingdom in December

December has average maximum temperatures of 8°C (46°F) which is too cold for sunbathing. The sunshine percentage is 13.7% making it extremely gloomy and overcast with very little sunshine. There are only 0.9 hours of sunshine per day. December has total rainfall of 3cm (1.2inches) making it very dry with only very occasional light showers. There are 24.8 days with some rainfall, so although many days have some rainfall the rain is sparse and light on those days. It is not a good time for sunbathing in Scotland. Sea temperatures are a cold 11°C (52°F). December is too cold for swimming in Scotland for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

Consider visiting Scotland in the months of June, July, August, September, for the best beach weather.

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Can you sunbathe in Scotland in December?

No, December is not a good time for sunbathing in Scotland.

December has average maximum temperatures of 8°C (46°F) which is too cold for sunbathing. The sunshine percentage is 13.7% making it extremely gloomy and overcast with very little sunshine. There are only 0.9 hours of sunshine per day. December has total rainfall of 3cm (1.2inches) making it very dry with only very occasional light showers. There are 24.8 days with some rainfall, so although many days have some rainfall the rain is sparse and light on those days.

More about December temperature and sunshine.

Can you swim in Scotland in December?

No, December is too cold for swimming in Scotland for any length of time, with the sea water at 11°C (52°F), unless you have a wetsuit.

More about December sea temperatures.

Is December a good time to holiday in Scotland?

No, December is not a good time for a holiday in Scotland.

December has average maximum temperatures of 8°C (46°F) which is too cold for sunbathing. The sunshine percentage is 13.7% making it extremely gloomy and overcast with very little sunshine. There are only 0.9 hours of sunshine per day. December has total rainfall of 3cm (1.2inches) making it very dry with only very occasional light showers. There are 24.8 days with some rainfall, so although many days have some rainfall the rain is sparse and light on those days. It is not a good time for sunbathing in Scotland. Sea temperatures are a cold 11°C (52°F). December is too cold for swimming in Scotland for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

More about the December temperatures and sunshine.

Is Scotland warm in December?

No, Scotland is too cold for sunbathing in December.

The average maximum temperature in Scotland in December is 8°C (46°F). The average maximum temperature is 10°C (49°) in the previous month and 7°C (45°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Scotland in December is 5°C (41°F). The average temperature is 7°C (45°F) in the previous month and 5°C (41°F) in the next month.

More info about the December temperatures and sunshine.

How sunny is Scotland in December?

The average day light hours per day in Scotland in December are 6.6. The sunshine percentage is 13.7% making it extremely gloomy and overcast with very little sunshine. There are only 0.9 hours of sunshine per day.

More about December sunshine.

Temperature in Scotland in December

The average maximum temperature in Scotland in December is 8°C (46°F). The average maximum temperature is 10°C (49°F) in the previous month and 7°C (45°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Scotland in December is 5°C (41°F). The average temperature is 7°C (45°F) in the previous month and 5°C (41°F) in the next month.

The average minimum temperature in Scotland in December is 3°C (37°F). The minimum temperature is 5°C (41°F) in the previous month and 3°C (38°F) in the next month.

Sunshine in Scotland in December

During December the average day light hours are 6.6 per day in Scotland. The sunshine percentage is 13.7% making it extremely gloomy and overcast with very little sunshine. There are only 0.9 hours of sunshine per day.

The ultraviolet index in Scotland in December is typically 0.3 during December. An ultraviolet index reading of 0 to 2 indicates low danger from the sun's UV rays for the average person. Most people will be able to spend several hours in the sun with out a problem, however unprotected skin risks burning in less than 1 hour. Wear sunglasses on bright days. Only those that burn easily will need to apply sunscreen. Watch out for relections from water that may increase ultraviolet exposure.

Sea Temperature in Scotland in December

The average sea water temperature in Scotland in December is 11.3°C (52.3°F) which is very cold and bracing, it's not recommended you swim with out a full wet suit.

Rainfall in Scotland in December

The average total rainfall in Scotland in December is 3cm (1.2inches) and on average there are 24.8 rainy days in December making it a very wet time to visit the beach.

Humidity in Scotland in December

The maximum dew point (an indicator of humidity) in Scotland in December is 6°C (42°F) which is a bit dry for some. The dew point is 7°C (45°F) in the previous month and 5°C (5°F) in the next month.

The average maximum relative humidity in Scotland in December is typically 92.3%. The maximum relative humidity is 92.2% in the previous month and 91.5% in the next month.

The average relative humidity in Scotland in December is typically 83.2%. The average relative humidity is 83.2% in the previous month and 83.4% in the next month.

Wind Speed in Scotland in December

The average maximum wind speed in Scotland in December is typically 44KM/H (28MPH). The average maximum wind speed is 41KM/H (26MPH) in the previous month and 44KM/H (27MPH) in the next month.

The average wind speed in Scotland in December is typically 27KM/H (17MPH). The average wind speed is 25KM/H (16MPH) in the previous month and 27KM/H (17MPH) in the next month.

The average wind direction in Scotland in December is from the West-Southwest.

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