Average Weather in December in Bakersfield California, United States
The lowest daily average high temperature is 58°F on December 27.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 3°F, from 43°F to 41°F, rarely falling below 33°F or exceeding 52°F. The lowest daily average low temperature is 41°F on December 30.
For reference, on July 26, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Bakersfield typically range from 72°F to 99°F, while on December 30, the coldest day of the year, they range from 41°F to 58°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in December
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on December. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature in December
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The month of December in Bakersfield experiences gradually increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 41% to 45%. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 47% on December 28.
The clearest day of the month is December 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 59% of the time.
For reference, on February 22, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 48%, while on August 9, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 91%.
Cloud Cover Categories in December
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Bakersfield, the chance of a wet day over the course of December is increasing, starting the month at 12% and ending it at 17%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 21% on February 20, and its lowest chance is 0% on July 30.
Probability of Precipitation in December
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during December in Bakersfield is increasing, starting the month at 1.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.3 inches or falls below 0.1 inches, and ending the month at 1.6 inches, when it rarely exceeds 4.0 inches or falls below 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in December
Over the course of December in Bakersfield, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 21, with 9 hours, 46 minutes of daylight and the longest day is December 1, with 9 hours, 57 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in December
The earliest sunrise of the month in Bakersfield is 6:46 AM on December 1 and the latest sunrise is 18 minutes later at 7:04 AM on December 31.
The earliest sunset is 4:43 PM on December 5 and the latest sunset is 11 minutes later at 4:53 PM on December 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Bakersfield during 2017, but it neither starts nor ends during December, so the entire month is in standard time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:41 AM and sets 14 hours, 33 minutes later, at 8:14 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:01 AM and sets 9 hours, 46 minutes later, at 4:47 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in December
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Bakersfield is essentially constant during December, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on August 25, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 1% of the time, while on November 1, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in December
The average hourly wind speed in Bakersfield is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 5.4 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on May 31, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.8 miles per hour, while on September 17, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.7 miles per hour.
The highest daily average wind speed during December is 5.6 miles per hour on December 23.
Average Wind Speed in December
Wind Direction in December
While it does not do so every year, freezing temperatures are seen in Bakersfield over some winters. The day least likely to be in the growing season is December 27, with a 55% chance.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in December
The average accumulated growing degree days in Bakersfield are gradually increasing during December, increasing by 86°F, from 5,800°F to 5,886°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in December
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Bakersfield is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 2.9 kWh throughout.
The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during December is 2.7 kWh on December 26.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in December
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Bakersfield are 35.373 deg latitude, -119.019 deg longitude, and 400 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Bakersfield contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 108 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 405 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (981 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (8,806 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Bakersfield is covered by artificial surfaces (87%) and shrubs (13%), within 10 miles by cropland (38%) and shrubs (22%), and within 50 miles by grassland (35%) and shrubs (30%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Bakersfield year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 5 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Bakersfield.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Bakersfield according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Bakersfield is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Bakersfield and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Meadows Field (94%, 7 kilometers, northwest); Tehachapi Municipal Airport (1.5%, 59 kilometers, southeast); Sandberg (1.2%, 75 kilometers, south); Santa Ynez Airport (1.4%, 129 kilometers, southwest); and Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (1.4%, 130 kilometers, southwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .