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Dubai Weather in December: Everything You Need to Know

by Dubai Travel Planner

What to expect when visiting Dubai in December

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As Dubai slips gracefully into a mild winter, December has historically ranged from highs of 28°C/82.4°F at the start of the month through to 25°C/77°F at the end of December.

Dubai’s average daytime temperature in December is 26°C/78.8°F.

Days are typically clear and sunny but there is a small chance of rain and thunderstorms – 8 hours a day of sunshine a day is forecast.

Overnight in the city, you can expect the temperature to lower between 18°C/64°F to 15°C/59°F. This can be a little cooler overnight if you are heading into the desert.

Dubai Sea Temperature in December

In December, you should expect sea temperatures on average of 25.6°C/78°F (Maximum sea temperatures are expected of 28.5°C/83.3°F through to a minimum of 23.8°C/74.9°F).

Other weather patterns that are common in Dubai in December

Fog is a common occurrence in Dubai in December, which can cause chaos with transport at times. It’s not a regular occurrence, but it’s always something to be mindful of.

Fog rolling through the highrises of Dubai Marina is not an uncommon occurrence

It’s also not unusual to experience winter rain showers in December – 20mm falls in December on average. Packing an umbrella is probably an unnecessary extra item of luggage. If you’re unfortunate enough to be caught in the rain you may be able to borrow one from your hotel, sit it out to the rain stops or buy one!

Information sourced from the UAE National Centre of Meteorology climate report 2003-2018 for Dubai International Airport.

What should I pack for December in Dubai?

It’s probably going to get cool enough in the evenings that you can pack longer jeans/trousers and bring some sort of pullover, especially if you plan a trip into the desert.

You can read more about what to pack in December for Dubai here.

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