Ethiopia weather in December

Planning a getaway to Ethiopia this December and curious about the weather you should prepare for? Discover all the vital details you need on this page, solving your puzzle:

What is the weather like in Ethiopia in December?

Ethiopia offers a broad spectrum of weather patterns. In December, one might encounter temperatures that range from pleasant to warm, and precipitation levels ranging from almost none to moderate.

During the day temperatures vary from pleasant in Goba at 18°C to warm in Assab at 30°C. At night it cools down to 24°C in Assab and 7°C in Goba.

In December, precipitation varies across different areas. From almost no rainfall in Debre Zeyit with an average of 3.8 mm to moderate rainfall in Sanetti Plateau with 67 mm. In Addis Ababa, this particular month consistently records the lowest levels of rainfall, making it the driest period throughout the entire year. Meanwhile, Addis Ababa enjoys approximately 280 hours of sunshine, offering a mostly sunny climate that adds a pleasant and vibrant feel to the month.

For specific regional insights in Ethiopia for December, refer to the map provided below. For an in-depth overview of the yearly weather conditions, do visit our Ethiopia climate page.

Where to go in Ethiopia in December

Find the average weather conditions in December for the most popular destinations in Ethiopia on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailed information.

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Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
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).

Popular destinations in Ethiopia

What is the weather like in December for the 5 most popular destinations in Ethiopia?

Average weather in Addis Ababa

In December Addis Ababa generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 24°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 8°C and low monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Addis Ababa
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
24°C 
8°C 
267 hours 
12 mm 
5 days 
24°C 
8°C 
280 hours 
7.6 mm 
3 days 
January   >> January
>>  
24°C 
9°C 
270 hours 
18 mm 
4 days 
Climate in Addis Ababa

Average weather in Bahir Dar

In December Bahir Dar generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 26°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 14°C and almost no monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Bahir Dar
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
26°C 
15°C 
16 mm 
3 days 
26°C 
14°C 
4.7 mm 
2 days 
January   >> January
>>  
27°C 
15°C 
4.2 mm 
2 days 
Climate in Bahir Dar

Average weather in Gonder

In December Gonder generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 26°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 11°C and low monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Gonder
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
26°C 
12°C 
17 mm 
3 days 
26°C 
11°C 
5.5 mm 
2 days 
January   >> January
>>  
27°C 
11°C 
5.7 mm 
2 days 
Climate in Gonder

Average weather in Debre Zeyit

In December Debre Zeyit generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 26°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 10°C and almost no monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Debre Zeyit
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
26°C 
11°C 
267 hours 
8.1 mm 
4 days 
26°C 
10°C 
280 hours 
3.8 mm 
3 days 
January   >> January
>>  
26°C 
11°C 
270 hours 
8.5 mm 
3 days 
Climate in Debre Zeyit

Average weather in Adama

In December Adama generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 28°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 12°C and low monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Adama
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
28°C 
14°C 
267 hours 
11 mm 
4 days 
28°C 
12°C 
280 hours 
5.3 mm 
3 days 
January   >> January
>>  
28°C 
13°C 
270 hours 
7.8 mm 
3 days 
Climate in Adama

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Is December the best time to visit Ethiopia?

We consider December to be one of the best times to travel to Ethiopia. Typically, the climate in Addis Ababa is perfect. However, the weather conditions may vary depending on your destination.

Generally speaking, the best visiting conditions can be found in January, February, March, October, November and December offering mostly perfect weather in Addis Ababa. On the other hand, the months of June, July, August and September tend to have poor weather conditions.

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