This report describes the typical weather at the Patrick Air Force Base (Cocoa Beach, Florida, United States) weather station over the course of an average December. It is based on the historical records from 2000 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Cocoa Beach, Florida has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (44%), croplands (25%), grasslands (13%), lakes and rivers (9%), and forests (7%).
The month of December is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs ranging from 74°F to 70°F over the course of the month, exceeding 80°F or dropping below 59°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of December, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 27 with 10:22 hours of daylight; the longest day is December 1 with 10:29 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:57am on December 1; the latest sunset is at 5:37pm on December 31; the latest sunrise is at 7:14am on December 30; the earliest sunset is at 5:26pm on December 2.
Daylight savings time is observed in 2012 but it neither starts nor ends in December, so the entire month is in standard time.
The median cloud cover is 43% (partly cloudy) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On December 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 41% of the time, partly cloudy 9% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 33% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 31%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout December, the most common forms of precipitation are light rain, moderate rain, and drizzle.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 49% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around December 1, when it is observed during 17% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 24% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around December 25, when it is observed during 8% of all days.
Drizzle is the most severe precipitation observed during 17% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around December 2, when it is observed during 6% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in December or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 58% (mildly humid) to 90% (very humid) over the course of a typical December, rarely dropping below 39% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 98% (very humid).
The air is driest around December 30, at which time the relative humidity drops below 67% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around December 15, rising above 87% (very humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical December, the dew point typically varies from 49°F (dry) to 64°F (mildy humid) and is rarely below 33°F (dry) or above 72°F (very muggy).
The time of the month between December 1 and December 31 is the most comfortable, with dew points that are neither too dry nor too muggy.
Over the course of December typical wind speeds vary from 4 mph to 16 mph (light breeze to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 22 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 10 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around December 12, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 16 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 10 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around December 31, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 15 mph (moderate breeze).