This report describes the typical weather at the Larnaca International Airport (Larnaca, Cyprus) weather station over the course of an average December. It is based on the historical records from 1977 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Larnaca has a hot semi-arid steppe climate. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (47%), croplands (47%), and shrublands (5%).
The month of December is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 68°F to 62°F over the course of the month, exceeding 73°F or dropping below 56°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 20 with 9:48 hours of daylight; the longest day is December 1 with 9:59 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:35am on December 1; the latest sunset is at 4:44pm on December 31; the latest sunrise is at 6:53am on December 31; the earliest sunset is at 4:33pm on December 6.
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 ranges from 39% (mostly clear) to 46% (partly cloudy). The trend is for the sky to be becoming cloudier with the median cloud cover increasing by 7% from the start to the end of the month.
On December 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 44% of the time, partly cloudy 23% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 24% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around December 31, occurring in 42% of days. Precipitation is least likely around December 1, occurring in 34% of days.
Throughout December, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, thunderstorms, and light rain.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 42% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around December 30, when it is observed during 19% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 41% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around December 3, when it is observed during 16% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 14% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around December 31, when it is observed during 7% 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 50% (comfortable) to 89% (very humid) over the course of a typical December, rarely dropping below 35% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around December 1, at which time the relative humidity drops below 57% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around December 28, rising above 85% (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 41°F (dry) to 53°F (very comfortable) and is rarely below 31°F (dry) or above 61°F (comfortable).
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 2 mph to 15 mph (light air to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 25 mph (strong breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 9 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around December 31, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 15 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 8 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around December 2, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 14 mph (moderate breeze).