December begins the transition to pleasant weather in the United States Virgin Islands. The skies remain blue for the majority of the time, even though the month receives 3" (76mm) of precipitation. The average temperatures dip in the 74°F (23.3°C) to 86°F (30°C) and the conditions are comfortable due to the drop in humidity. The islands see a renewed interest from visitors who wish to escape the harsh winter of North America. The sunny days welcome people who yearn for the warmth of the tropics and offer extended hours for outdoor explorations. Seawater temperatures are mild and favorable for swimming and other water activities. The frequent thunderstorms subside significantly in December, and the atmosphere is serene. Winds are favorable for sailing over the calm waters and visit offshore destinations several miles away. Light clothes with a jacket, and a scarf for the wind, are apt while sailing on the sea. December sees the arrival of a large number of tourists in the United States Virgin Islands.