Edinburgh weather in December (Lothian, United Kingdom)

People don't tend to visit Edinburgh in December since it is known as a chilly month. The average maximum daytime temperature in Edinburgh in December lies at 6.0°C (42.8°F). The average minimum temperature goes down to around 1.3°C (34.34°F) (often the minimum temperature is noted at night).

Rainfall during December is moderate with an average of 85mm (3.3 inches). There are generally around 16 rainy days. You will hardly see any sun, with only 48 hours of sunshine during the entire month.


Edinburgh, monthly averages in December

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Min Temperature 1 °C  
Max Temperature 6 °C  
Water Temperature 8 °C *  
Chance of Rain 55%  
Precipitation 85mm  
Rainy days 17 days  
Humidity 84% *  
Sunshine 48 hrs *  
Percentage Sunshine 19% *  
* Data from: Edinburgh, Scotland (9 KM, 5 Miles).

Where to stay in Edinburgh


Where to go in the United Kingdom in December

Find out more about the weather in the United Kingdom 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 20-29ºC / 68-84ºF and not too much precipitation (less than 90mm / 3.5inches a month).

So what to wear in December? Visitors traveling to Edinburgh should plan on bringing a totally waterproof coat since it will often be raining. However, also plan on bringing your warm clothes since it can be a bit chilly during this period. With a water temperature of around 8.0°C (46.4°F), 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.

Outdoor sports

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