Average Weather in December in Santa Ana California, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 2°F, from 70°F to 67°F, rarely falling below 59°F or exceeding 79°F. The lowest daily average high temperature is 67°F on December 26.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 2°F, from 48°F to 46°F, rarely falling below 39°F or exceeding 55°F. The lowest daily average low temperature is 45°F on December 27.
For reference, on August 26, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Santa Ana typically range from 65°F to 84°F, while on December 27, the coldest day of the year, they range from 45°F to 67°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
The month of December in Santa Ana experiences gradually increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 34% to 38%. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 39% on December 28.
The clearest day of the month is December 1, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 66% of the time.
For reference, on February 20, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 42%, while on September 7, 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 Santa Ana, the chance of a wet day over the course of December is increasing, starting the month at 11% and ending it at 17%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 20% on February 20, and its lowest chance is 0% on June 27.
Probability of Precipitation in December
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during December in Santa Ana is increasing, starting the month at 1.4 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.2 inches, and ending the month at 2.4 inches, when it rarely exceeds 6.6 inches or falls below 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in December
Over the course of December in Santa Ana, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 21, with 9 hours, 55 minutes of daylight and the longest day is December 1, with 10 hours, 5 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in December
The earliest sunrise of the month in Santa Ana is 6:38 AM on December 1 and the latest sunrise is 18 minutes later at 6:56 AM on December 31.
The earliest sunset is 4:42 PM on December 4 and the latest sunset is 11 minutes later at 4:53 PM on December 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Santa Ana during 2018, 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, 24 minutes later, at 8:05 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:52 AM and sets 9 hours, 55 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 Santa Ana is essentially constant during December, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on August 22, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 14% of the time, while on January 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 Santa Ana is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 7.4 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on December 31, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.6 miles per hour, while on September 8, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.1 miles per hour.
The highest daily average wind speed during December is 7.6 miles per hour on December 31.
Average Wind Speed in December
Wind Direction in December
Santa Ana is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average surface water temperature in Santa Ana is gradually decreasing during December, falling by 2°F, from 62°F to 59°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in December
Temperatures in Santa Ana are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in December
The average accumulated growing degree days in Santa Ana are increasing during December, increasing by 202°F, from 4,943°F to 5,144°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in December
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Santa Ana is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.2 kWh of 3.1 kWh throughout.
The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during December is 3.0 kWh on December 26.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in December
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Santa Ana are 33.746 deg latitude, -117.868 deg longitude, and 102 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Santa Ana contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 131 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 107 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,749 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (10,062 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Santa Ana is covered by artificial surfaces (100%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (86%), and within 50 miles by water (36%) and shrubs (30%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Santa Ana 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Santa Ana.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Santa Ana 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 Santa Ana is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Santa Ana and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Fob Dwyer (67%, 6 kilometers, southeast); Fullerton Municipal Airport (14%, 17 kilometers, northwest); McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Heliport (14%, 18 kilometers, west); and Corona Municipal Airport (6%, 30 kilometers, northeast).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .