This report describes the typical weather at the Rafael Núñez International Airport (Cartagena, Colombia) weather station over the course of an average December. It is based on the historical records from 1982 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Cartagena has a tropical savanna climate with dry winters. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (56%), grasslands (38%), and forests (2%).
The month of December is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 86°F throughout the month, exceeding 89°F or dropping below 84°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 11:31 hours of daylight; the longest day is December 1 with 11:33 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:05am on December 1; the latest sunset is at 5:51pm on December 31; the latest sunrise is at 6:19am on December 31; the earliest sunset is at 5:38pm on December 1.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in 2012.
The median cloud cover ranges from 32% (mostly clear) to 48% (partly cloudy). The trend is for the sky to be clearing rapidly with the median cloud cover decreasing by 16% from the start to the end of the month.
On December 31, the clearest day of the month, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 58% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 8% of the time.
On December 1, the cloudiest day of the month, the sky is overcast, mostly cloudy, or partly cloudy 42% of the time, and clear or mostly clear 26% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around December 1, occurring in 30% of days. Precipitation is least likely around December 31, occurring in 8% of days.
Throughout December, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms and drizzle.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 60% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around December 1, when it is observed during 18% of all days.
Drizzle is the most severe precipitation observed during 24% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around December 1, 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 68% (mildly humid) to 94% (very humid) over the course of a typical December, rarely dropping below 61% (mildly humid) and reaching as high as 98% (very humid).
The air is driest around December 30, at which time the relative humidity drops below 71% (humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around December 1, rising above 92% (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 72°F (very muggy) to 78°F (oppressive) and is rarely below 69°F (muggy) or above 79°F (oppressive).
Over the course of December typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 13 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 21 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around December 26, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 5 mph (light breeze) occurs around December 1, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 11 mph (gentle breeze).