December weather forecast and climate
Traverse City, MI

Stunning golden - brown colorful trees around the scenic Traverse City, Michigan
Stunning golden - brown colorful trees around the scenic Traverse City, Michigan

Weather in December

December, the first month of the winter, in Traverse City, is also a subzero cold month, with average temperature ranging between max 31.3°F (-0.4°C) and min 25.2°F (-3.8°C).

Temperature

In Traverse City, the average high-temperature in December drops, from a wintry 41.9°F (5.5°C) in November, to a subzero cold 31.3°F (-0.4°C). In Traverse City, the average low-temperature is 25.2°F (-3.8°C).

Humidity

In December, the average relative humidity is 84%.

Rainfall

In December, in Traverse City, the rain falls for 4.3 days. Throughout December, 0.67" (17mm) of precipitation is accumulated. In Traverse City, Michigan, during the entire year, the rain falls for 94.8 days and collects up to 8.35" (212mm) of precipitation.

Snowfall

January through May, October through December are months with snowfall. In Traverse City, during December, snow falls for 12 days and regularly aggregates up to 2.01" (51mm) of snow. In Traverse City, during the entire year, snow falls for 62.8 days, and aggregates up to 10.67" (271mm) of snow.

Ocean temperature

In Traverse City, the average seawater temperature is 40.8°F (4.9°C).
Note: For swimming, this is considered extremely cold, dangerous, and life-threatening. Unless suitably protected with insulated waterproof clothing, hypothermia quickly occurs.

Daylight

December has the shortest days of the year, with an average of 8.9h of daylight.

Sunshine

In December, the average sunshine in Traverse City is 2.3h.

UV index

Months with the lowest UV index are January through March, November and December, with an average maximum UV index of 1. A UV Index of 2, and less, symbolizes a minimal health hazard from the exposure to the Sun's UV radiation for average individuals.
Note: The average daily UV index of 1 transform into the following instructions:
For the majority, extended sun exposure is not of great concern. Infants and people with sensitive skin must always be protected. The solar radiation is most powerful near the mid-day, so the exposure to the direct Sun should be reduced accordingly. Sun-protective clothing, a long-sleeved shirt and pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and UVA and UVB-blocking sunglasses are particularly helpful in blocking UV radiation's harmful effects. Beware! The strength of the UV rays is increased nearly double-fold by the reflection of the snow.
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FAQ

What is the average humidity in December in Traverse City?

In December, the average relative humidity in Traverse City, Michigan, is 84%.

How much does it rain in Traverse City in December?

In Traverse City, Michigan, during December, the rain falls for 4.3 days and regularly aggregates up to 0.67" (17mm) of precipitation.

How much does it snow in Traverse City in December?

In December, it is snowing for 12 days. Throughout December, 2.01" (51mm) of snow is accumulated.

What is the ocean temperature in December in Traverse City?

In Traverse City, Michigan, in December, the average water temperature is 40.8°F (4.9°C). For swimming, this is considered life-threatening and very dangerous. The water feels painfully cold, and hyperventilation quickly occurs. A specialized swimsuit is mandatory to reduce thermal damage.

What is the month with the shortest days in Traverse City?

December has the shortest days of the year, with an average of 8.9h of daylight.

What is the average length of the day in December in Traverse City?

In December, the average length of the day in Traverse City, Michigan, is 8.9h.

How long on average sun shines in December in Traverse City?

In December, the average sunshine in Traverse City is 2.3h.

What is the month with the lowest UV index in Traverse City?

January through March, November and December, with an average maximum UV index of 1, are months with the lowest UV index.

What is the UV index reading in December in Traverse City?

In Traverse City, the average daily maximum UV index in December is 1. A UV Index estimate of 2, and below, represents a low health risk from unprotected exposure to the UV radiation.

Average temperature in December
Traverse City, MI

Average temperature in December - Traverse City, MI
  • Average high temperature in December: 31.3°F

The warmest month (with the highest average high temperature) is August (73.6°F).
The month with the lowest average high temperature is January (25.7°F).

  • Average low temperature in December: 25.2°F

The month with the highest average low temperature is August (59.5°F).
The coldest months (with the lowest average low temperature) are January and February (18.1°F).

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Average pressure in December
Traverse City, MI

Average pressure in December - Traverse City, MI
  • Average pressure in December: 30.04"

The month with the highest atmospheric pressure is March (30.09").
The month with the lowest atmospheric pressure is June (29.92").

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Average wind speed in December
Traverse City, MI

Average wind speed in December - Traverse City, MI
  • Average wind speed in December: 12mph

The windiest months (with the highest average wind speed) are January and December (12mph).
The calmest month (with the lowest average wind speed) is July (7.4mph).

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Average humidity in December
Traverse City, MI

Average humidity in December - Traverse City, MI
  • Average humidity in December: 84%

The month with the highest relative humidity is January (87%).
Months with the lowest relative humidity are April and May (77%).

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Average rainfall in December
Traverse City, MI

Average rainfall in December - Traverse City, MI
  • Average rainfall in December: 0.67"

The wettest month (with the highest rainfall) is May (0.98").
The driest month (with the least rainfall) is February (0.47").

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Average rainfall days in December
Traverse City, MI

Average rainfall days in December - Traverse City, MI
  • Average rainfall days in December: 4.3 days

The month with the highest number of rainy days is May (11.5 days).
The month with the least rainy days is February (2.1 days).

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Average snowfall in December
Traverse City, MI

Average snowfall in December - Traverse City, MI
  • Average snowfall in December: 2.01"

Months with the highest snowfall are January and November (2.2").
Months with the least snowfall are June, July, August and September (0").

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Average snowfall days in December
Traverse City, MI

Average snowfall days in December - Traverse City, MI
  • Average snowfall days in December: 12 days

The month with the highest number of snowfall days is January (15.6 days).
Months with the least snowfall days are June, July, August and September (0 days).

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Average sea temperature in December
Traverse City, MI

Average sea temperature in December - Traverse City, MI
  • Average sea temperature in December: 40.9°F

The best month for swimming (with the highest average sea temperature) is August (69.7°F).
The coldest month (with the lowest average sea temperature) is March (35.4°F).

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Average daylight in December /
Average sunshine in December
Traverse City, MI

Average daylight in December / Average sunshine in December - Traverse City, MI
  • Average daylight in December: 8.9h

The month with the longest days is June (Average daylight: 15.5h).
The month with the shortest days is December (Average daylight: 8.9h).

  • Average sunshine in December: 2.3h

The month with the most sunshine is July (Average sunshine: 10.3h).
The month with the least sunshine is January (Average sunshine: 1.8h).

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Average sunshine days in December
Traverse City, MI

Average sunshine days in December - Traverse City, MI
  • Average sunshine days in December: 16.4 days

The month with the most sunshine days is March (18.8 days).
The month with the least sunshine days is February (14.6 days).

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Average UV index in December
Traverse City, MI

Average UV index in December - Traverse City, MI
  • Average UV index in December: 1

Months with the highest UV index are June, July and August (UV index 5).
Months with the lowest UV index are January, February, March, November and December (UV index 1).

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Average cloud cover in December
Traverse City, MI

Average cloud cover in December - Traverse City, MI
  • Average cloud cover in December: 78

The month with the most cloud cover is January (Cloud cover 82).
The month with the least cloud cover is July (Cloud cover 29).

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Average visibility in December
Traverse City, MI

Average visibility in December - Traverse City, MI
  • Average visibility in December: 6mi

Months with the highest visibility are January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December (6mi).
Months with the lowest visibility are January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December (6mi).

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