Average Weather in December in Puerto Vallarta Mexico
In Puerto Vallarta, the month of December is characterized by gradually falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing by 3°F, from 84°F to 81°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 87°F or dropping below 77°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 3°F, from 66°F to 63°F, rarely falling below 58°F or exceeding 71°F.
For reference, on August 1, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Puerto Vallarta typically range from 76°F to 90°F, while on January 23, the coldest day of the year, they range from 62°F to 80°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 Puerto Vallarta experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 48% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is December 2, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 55% of the time.
For reference, on August 30, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 94%, while on May 23, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 68%.
Cloud Cover in December
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Puerto Vallarta, the chance of a wet day over the course of December is essentially constant, remaining around 6% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 81% on August 24, and its lowest chance is 1% on April 5.
Probability of Precipitation in December
To show variation within the month and not just the monthly total, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during December in Puerto Vallarta is essentially constant, remaining about 0.6 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 2.5 inches.
The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 0.6 inches on December 17.
Average Monthly Rainfall in December
Over the course of December in Puerto Vallarta, the length of the day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is December 21, with 10 hours, 53 minutes of daylight and the longest day is December 1, with 10 hours, 58 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in December
The earliest sunrise of the month in Puerto Vallarta is 7:20 AM on December 1 and the latest sunrise is 16 minutes later at 7:36 AM on December 31.
The earliest sunset is 6:19 PM on December 1 and the latest sunset is 12 minutes later at 6:31 PM on December 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Puerto Vallarta 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 7:21 AM and sets 13 hours, 23 minutes later, at 8:44 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:32 AM and sets 10 hours, 53 minutes later, at 6:25 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in December
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Puerto Vallarta is very rapidly decreasing during December, falling from 65% to 42% over the course of the month.
For reference, on July 28, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 100% of the time, while on January 24, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 34% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in December
This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Puerto Vallarta is essentially constant during December, remaining around 3.2 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on May 2, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.7 miles per hour, while on July 24, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 2.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in December
Wind Direction in December
Puerto Vallarta 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 Puerto Vallarta is gradually decreasing during December, falling by 3°F, from 81°F to 78°F, over the course of the month.
Average Water Temperature in December
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Puerto Vallarta is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 4.4 kWh throughout.
The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during December is 4.2 kWh on December 20.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in December
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Puerto Vallarta are 20.617 deg latitude, -105.230 deg longitude, and 46 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Puerto Vallarta contains large variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,969 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 263 feet. Within 10 miles contains large variations in elevation (6,158 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,963 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Puerto Vallarta is covered by water (33%), trees (29%), artificial surfaces (17%), and cropland (17%), within 10 miles by trees (48%) and water (31%), and within 50 miles by trees (45%) and water (35%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Puerto Vallarta 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 is only a single weather station, Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Puerto Vallarta.
At a distance of 7 kilometers from Puerto Vallarta, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Puerto Vallarta according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.