Montreal December Weather: Climate, Temperatures*
Though the season officially shifts December 21st, it definitely feels like winter by the first week of December, though it's usually a milder month than Montreal in January and February. Still, a hearty down jacket is the best way to ensure a minimum of comfort as are thick gloves, a scarf and tuque, hat or hood.
- Average December temperature: -5.6ºC / 22ºF
- Average December high (day): -2.3ºC / 28ºF
- Average December low (night): -8.9ºC / 16ºF
- Record high: 15ºC / 59ºF
- Record low: -33.9ºC / -29ºF
- Precipitation**: anticipate 5 days of rain in December and 6 days involving light showers. Freezing rain a distinct possibility. As temperatures continue drop through the month, expect 12 days with light snow flurries and four days of heavier snowfall.
- Consult: Today's Montreal Weather Forecast
- And: Is Winter in Montreal THAT Bad?
- See Also: Montreal's Best December Events
- Related: Winter in Montreal
Montreal December Weather: What to Wear
A hearty down jacket is the best way to ensure outdoor comfort as are thick gloves, a scarf and tuque, hat or hood. Insulated boots, preferably water resistant or better yet, waterproof are highly recommended. For outdoor activities, families are advised to dress children in snow pants.
Visiting Montreal in December? Pack:
- long sleeved shirts, sweaters, short-sleeved and sleeveless shirts to be layered with cardigans, fleece and outerwear
- wool sweaters, cardigans, wraps, blazers, jackets, wool jackets, trench coats, down coats
- long pants, jeans, skirts/dresses with tights, leggings (bare legs are a bad idea)
- closed-toe shoes, boots (preferably insulated and water resistant)
- scarves, gloves, hats, tuques, ear muffs
- sunglasses and sunscreen are a must year round
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Montreal December Weather: The Lifestyle
Even though it gets cold in December, with the month marking the beginning of winter in Montreal, Montrealers don't generally get into hibernation mode until after the New Year. The hustle and bustle of Christmas holiday season might have something to do with it. The first half of December isn't that snowy either. By the time the second half of the month rolls around, it's holiday season and with it, time off.
*Source: Environment Canada. Average temperatures, extremes and precipitation data retrieved September 14, 2010. All information is subject to quality assurance checks by Environment Canada and may change without notice. Note that all weather statistics as presented above are averages compiled from weather data collected over a 30-year period.
**Note that light showers, rain and/or snow may overlap on the same day. For example, if Month X features an average of 10 days of light showers, 10 days of heavier rain and 10 days of snowfall, that does not mean that 30 days of Month X are typically characterized by precipitation.
It could mean that, on average, 10 days of Month X may feature light showers, rain and snow within a 24-hour period.