December is an excellent time to visit the Whitsundays despite falling at the start of the hot, wet season.
You can expect clear, sunny skies, warm to hot temperatures and high humidity on most days with tropical rain showers falling in the late afternoon or early evening.
How hot is it in the Whitsundays in December?
Daytime temperatures usually reach 30°C (86°F) in the Whitsundays in December with high heat and humidity, falling to 24°C (75°F) at night.
How sunny is it in the Whitsundays in December?
There are normally nine hours of bright sunshine each day in the Whitsundays in December – that's around 69% of daylight hours.
Sunrise & sunset in December?
Sunrise is around 5:15am with sunset around 6:15pm.
How warm is the sea around the Whitsundays in December?
The average sea temperature around the Whitsundays in December is 28°C (82°F).
Does it rain in the Whitsundays in December?
There are usually seven days with some rain in the Whitsundays in December and the average monthly rainfall is 104mm (4in).
How windy is it in the Whitsundays in December?
December sees an average wind speed of 24km/h (15 mph; 13 knots). The predominant wind direction is from the south-east and east. However, north-east winds occur with increasing frequency from September through to January.
What to do in the Whitsundays in December?
Despite the occasional rain shower, December is still a good time to enjoy the island’s beaches and hiking trails, as well as swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing.
Note: Be aware that the stinger season lasts from October to March. A lycra stinger suit should be worn when swimming in the Whitsundays during this time. The risk of being stung is small. Sharks are generally not regarded as a risk.
Christmas – 25th - 26th Dec.
Peak summer season in the Whitsundays lasts from mid-December to the first week of January – flights and hotel rooms should be booked well in advance to avoid disappointment.
|High Temp: 30°C (86°F)|
|Low Temp: 24°C (75°F)|
|Sunshine: 9 hours per day|
|Daylight: 13 hours per day|
|Wind speed: 24km/h (15 mph; 13 knots)|
|Wet Days: 7 days with some rain|
|Rainfall: 104mm (4in) per month|
|Comfort Level: High heat & humidity|
|UV Index: Extreme|
|Sea Temp: 28°C (82°F)|
|Hamilton Island, Whitsundays|
For the best weather visit the Whitsundays anytime between May and November. However, late March through December are considered the best holiday months.
Note: Meteorological data for the Whitsundays is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020, and is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) at the closest weather station, Hamilton Island Airport (HTI), also known as Great Barrier Reef Airport. Additional climate data is sourced from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.
Latest update: Whitsundays weather in December: 29 September, 2023
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