Average Weather in December in Riga Latvia
In Riga, the month of December is characterized by gradually falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing by 4°F, from 36°F to 32°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 46°F or dropping below 17°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 5°F, from 29°F to 24°F, rarely falling below 6°F or exceeding 39°F.
For reference, on July 25, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Riga typically range from 56°F to 74°F, while on February 7, the coldest day of the year, they range from 21°F to 31°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 Riga experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 74% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is December 22, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 27% of the time.
For reference, on January 1, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 75%, while on July 31, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 57%.
Cloud Cover in December
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Riga, the chance of a wet day over the course of December is essentially constant, remaining around 28% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 33% on October 19, and its lowest chance is 18% on April 25.
Over the course of December in Riga, the chance of a day with only rain decreases from 19% to 16%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 5% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow increases from 5% to 7%.
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 Riga is essentially constant, remaining about 1.1 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 2.0 inches or falling below 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in December
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. As with rainfall, we consider the liquid-equivalent snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall during December in Riga is essentially constant, remaining about 0.4 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 1.1 inches or falling to 0.0 inches.
The highest average 31-day liquid-equivalent accumulation is 0.5 inches on December 24.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in December
Over the course of December in Riga, the length of the day is gradually decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 22 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 43 seconds, and weekly decrease of 5 minutes, 3 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is December 21, with 6 hours, 44 minutes of daylight and the longest day is December 1, with 7 hours, 12 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in December
The earliest sunrise of the month in Riga is 8:36 AM on December 1 and the latest sunrise is 25 minutes later at 9:01 AM on December 28.
The earliest sunset is 3:41 PM on December 15 and the latest sunset is 10 minutes later at 3:51 PM on December 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Riga 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 4:29 AM and sets 17 hours, 53 minutes later, at 10:21 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:59 AM and sets 6 hours, 44 minutes later, at 3:43 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 Riga is essentially constant during December, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on August 2, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 6% of the time, while on October 3, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% 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 Riga is essentially constant during December, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 7.2 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on January 21, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.4 miles per hour, while on July 20, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in December
Wind Direction in December
Riga 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 Riga is decreasing during December, falling by 5°F, from 42°F to 37°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 Riga is essentially constant during December, remaining around 0.3 kWh throughout.
The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during December is 0.3 kWh on December 21.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in December
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Riga are 56.946 deg latitude, 24.106 deg longitude, and 30 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Riga is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 95 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 25 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (154 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (886 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Riga is covered by artificial surfaces (81%) and water (18%), within 10 miles by trees (31%) and artificial surfaces (25%), and within 50 miles by trees (37%) and cropland (28%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Riga 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, Riga, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Riga.
At a distance of 4 kilometers from Riga, 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 Riga 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.