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Christchurch weather in December (Canterbury, New Zealand)

What can you expect from the weather in Christchurch during December? Here's what the weather might have in store during this month.

In Christchurch the weather in December is generally perfect, characterized by pleasant temperatures and moderate rainfall. December falls within the summer season. Throughout the day, temperatures typically settle at around 21°C. But by evening, they drop to around 11°C.

Christchurch in December usually receives moderate rainfall, averaging around 63 mm for the month. Typically around 11 days of rainfall is expected.

With around 218 hours of sunshine, the days are mostly sunny. It gives a pleasant and vibrant feel to the area.

If you favor pleasant temperatures and minimal rainfall, December is one of the better months to visit Christchurch. January, February, March and December typically offer the most agreeable circumstances. On the other hand, June, July and August tend to be characterized by conditions that may not be as optimal.

For an in-depth look at the yearly conditions, visit our specialized Christchurch climate page with graphs.

 

Christchurch, monthly averages in December

Min TemperatureMin Temperature 11°C  
Max TemperatureMax Temperature 21°C  
Water TemperatureWater Temperature 13°C  
Chance of RainChance of Rain 35%  
PrecipitationPrecipitation 63 mm  
Rainy daysRainy days 11 days  
HumidityHumidity 71%  
WindspeedWindspeed 14 km/h  
SunshineSunshine 218 hours  
Percentage SunshinePercentage Sunshine 46%  

Where to go in New Zealand in December

Find out more about the weather in New Zealand in December and which places have the best weather conditions in this month.

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Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20°C and 29°C and not too much precipitation (less than 90 mm a month).

So, what should you wear in this month?

For visitors traveling to Christchurch, we recommend wearing layers. So maybe a skirt, t-shirt, shorts for during the day and jeans and a warm jacket for some days and evenings. Bring a rain jacket in case it rains during your stay. Plan on layering your clothes. With a water temperature of around 13°C there is no need to bring your swimwear.

What To Do

We rated the following activities from 1 (least suitable) to 10 (best) to do in December.

Cycling
10/10
Walking
10/10
Barbeque
8/10
Camping
8/10
Outdoor sports
10/10

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