What is the weather really like in early December?

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What is the weather really like in early December?

We've only ever gone to WDW in March and October so I'm trying to figure out what to pack for a December trip. Does it really get that cold at night? And what level of cold? Sweatshirt? Parka? lol!

Bear in mind that we're from the snow-belt of upstate NY so we're used to cold weather. Wink

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I think the answer to this will be different for everyone. We have never gone in December before but we do go every January. I can honestly say I have never worn nor needed anything even close to a parka. During the day we are almost always in shorts but have needed a light jacket some evenings.

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I think the answer to this will be different for everyone. We have never gone in December before but we do go every January. I can honestly say I have never worn nor needed anything even close to a parka. During the day we are almost always in shorts but have needed a light jacket some evenings.

We go in November every year and this is how it is for us to

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Every time I've been the first week of December, it's rained. However, it's been six years since I've gone at that time and weather patterns can change. During the day the temps were in the mid 70s, and we absolutely needed a sweater and maybe some thin gloves at night if your fingers tend to get cold.

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Most would probably be a hoodie or a light jacket. Thats about it.

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Becca, Scrappy & I are from PA, so we are pretty much like you, I wear shorts and tee -shirt in Jan, maybe a hoodie at night, but thats it. It can get chilly if your on a lake at night.

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We were there for Christmas last year and needed sweatshirts and pants on some evenings. The wind off the lake at Epcot can get pretty chilly but the days are very pleasant. Smile

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Kristen K. wrote:
Every time I've been the first week of December, it's rained. However, it's been six years since I've gone at that time and weather patterns can change. During the day the temps were in the mid 70s, and we absolutely needed a sweater and maybe some thin gloves at night if your fingers tend to get cold.

That is the week we are going PLEASE PLEASE don't rain.
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angels444 wrote:

That is the week we are going PLEASE PLEASE don't rain.
crossfingers muchlove mickey

Yes!!!!!

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aaaaand please don't let it snow at home so our flights are on time!

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We were there for Christmas last year and needed sweatshirts and pants on some evenings. The wind off the lake at Epcot can get pretty chilly but the days are very pleasant. Smile

Ah, good point about the lake. I'll make sure to bring a sweater when we're in Epcot.

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Becca, Scrappy & I are from PA, so we are pretty much like you, I wear shorts and tee -shirt in Jan, maybe a hoodie at night, but thats it. It can get chilly if your on a lake at night.

haha! mrhub, don't you love seeing the Floridians shivering with cold when we're thinking "this is downright balmy" Wink Thanks for the input! Smile

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Every time I've been the first week of December, it's rained. However, it's been six years since I've gone at that time and weather patterns can change. During the day the temps were in the mid 70s, and we absolutely needed a sweater and maybe some thin gloves at night if your fingers tend to get cold.

OHhhh! Good call on the gloves! Thanks! (and hope for no rain! crossfingers )

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Becca, Scrappy & I are from PA, so we are pretty much like you, I wear shorts and tee -shirt in Jan, maybe a hoodie at night, but thats it. It can get chilly if your on a lake at night.

haha! mrhub, don't you love seeing the Floridians shivering with cold when we're thinking "this is downright balmy" Wink Thanks for the input! Smile

That was my point on the other thread. To some the winter in FL is suntan weather.

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Becca1005 wrote:
angels444 wrote:

That is the week we are going PLEASE PLEASE don't rain.
crossfingers muchlove mickey

Yes!!!!!

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aaaaand please don't let it snow at home so our flights are on time!

crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers

I am already pulling up the weather channel website daily to watch the trend in Orlando. I will cry if it is raining while I am there. I don't walk in wet, soggy, squishy shoes. I know we talked about ways to get through the rain but I just don't do rain. I am a baby when it comes to rain.

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Becca1005 wrote:
angels444 wrote:

That is the week we are going PLEASE PLEASE don't rain.
crossfingers muchlove mickey

Yes!!!!!

crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers

aaaaand please don't let it snow at home so our flights are on time!

crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers crossfingers

I am already pulling up the weather channel website daily to watch the trend in Orlando. I will cry if it is raining while I am there. I don't walk in wet, soggy, squishy shoes. I know we talked about ways to get through the rain but I just don't do rain. I am a baby when it comes to rain.

I am so with you on that! We've been lucky on our last two trips, only one day of rain each time. I'm hoping our luck holds out for all of us! According to the charts, Dec has the lowest average rain of any month. crossfingers

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Becca1005 wrote:
We've only ever gone to WDW in March and October so I'm trying to figure out what to pack for a December trip. Does it really get that cold at night? And what level of cold? Sweatshirt? Parka? lol!

Bear in mind that we're from the snow-belt of upstate NY so we're used to cold weather. Wink

We have planned our WDW trips for December because that is the only time I can take off. We have usually gone the 2nd week of December and have been very lucky with the weather. I think in our last 4 trips, it has rained 2-3 times when we were actually in a park. Last year we went after Christmas through New Years and it rained 1 day out of the 6 we stayed.
It was usually shorts weather during the day, but could get a little cool at night where you may need a light jacket. We carried sweat pants to put over shorts.

We also like going that week because the "Christmas" crowds usually start coming in the 3rd week of December - just my opinion - and it isnt as crazy.

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Hey why all the knocking of the Floridians? We have feelings to you know. awesome Seriously, the winter weather is hit or miss for December. We've had some that start off hot, and some that are kind of chilly. But usually a hoodie and some jeans are all I need. If we do have one of those strong cold spells, it usually is in January or possibly February. And as for the rain, what I can I say, it's Florida. December is usually one of the drier times of year, but you never know when a passing rainstorm may happen. My advice, check before you come down and rely on the weather reports. They are usually pretty accurate.

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Hey why all the knocking of the Floridians? We have feelings to you know. awesome Seriously, the winter weather is hit or miss for December. We've had some that start off hot, and some that are kind of chilly. But usually a hoodie and some jeans are all I need. If we do have one of those strong cold spells, it usually is in January or possibly February. And as for the rain, what I can I say, it's Florida. December is usually one of the drier times of year, but you never know when a passing rainstorm may happen. My advice, check before you come down and rely on the weather reports. They are usually pretty accurate.

bighug You've got us in the summer though. "What's that puddle over there? Freakishly small rainstorm? Nope, it's a northerner, they melted!" lol!

Thanks! I'm keeping an eye on the weather channel and keeping my fingers crossed that it stays dry! crossfingers

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Becca1005 wrote:
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Hey why all the knocking of the Floridians? We have feelings to you know. awesome Seriously, the winter weather is hit or miss for December. We've had some that start off hot, and some that are kind of chilly. But usually a hoodie and some jeans are all I need. If we do have one of those strong cold spells, it usually is in January or possibly February. And as for the rain, what I can I say, it's Florida. December is usually one of the drier times of year, but you never know when a passing rainstorm may happen. My advice, check before you come down and rely on the weather reports. They are usually pretty accurate.

bighug You've got us in the summer though. "What's that puddle over there? Freakishly small rainstorm? Nope, it's a northerner, they melted!" lol!

Thanks! I'm keeping an eye on the weather channel and keeping my fingers crossed that it stays dry! crossfingers

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We have been twice the 9-16 of Dec. The first time it was nice, jeans and a tshirt was plenty. Early morning and late evening a light jacket sometimes was needed. The second time was in 2010 and Florida broke records with cold temperatures. We needed heavy jackets, hats, gloves, several layers. But I don't think that is the norm. I absolutely muchlove early Dec. It is so pleasant temp wise, crowds aren't too bad and the decorations are amazing.

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disneydreamer wrote:
We have been twice the 9-16 of Dec. The first time it was nice, jeans and a tshirt was plenty. Early morning and late evening a light jacket sometimes was needed. The second time was in 2010 and Florida broke records with cold temperatures. We needed heavy jackets, hats, gloves, several layers. But I don't think that is the norm. I absolutely muchlove early Dec. It is so pleasant temp wise, crowds aren't too bad and the decorations are amazing.

We were there for nearly those same dates in 2010, and it was very cold. A few days it barely made it to 50 degrees, and it was around 35 degrees for Illuminations. That said, the year before it was around 80 for same dates. Cools off quickly that time of year when sun goes down, so be prepared. Guessing they sell a lot of sweatshirts in December.

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We have been twice the 9-16 of Dec. The first time it was nice, jeans and a tshirt was plenty. Early morning and late evening a light jacket sometimes was needed. The second time was in 2010 and Florida broke records with cold temperatures. We needed heavy jackets, hats, gloves, several layers. But I don't think that is the norm. I absolutely muchlove early Dec. It is so pleasant temp wise, crowds aren't too bad and the decorations are amazing.

We were there for nearly those same dates in 2010, and it was very cold. A few days it barely made it to 50 degrees, and it was around 35 degrees for Illuminations. That said, the year before it was around 80 for same dates. Cools off quickly that time of year when sun goes down, so be prepared. Guessing they sell a lot of sweatshirts in December.

I went prepared for how it was the first time we went, except we had our heavy jackets with us. I had to buy swestshirts and long sleeve shirts, hats and gloves while we were there.

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