Weather and Average Temperature in Rome from December to February
Rome’s Winter, from December to February, is usually pretty mild compared to other destinations in Northern Europe. The average temperature is nearly 8°C (46,4 °F).
On sunny days maximum temperatures reach 12/15 °C ( 53,6 / 59,00 °F) during daytime.
However, December in Rome is also the second wettest month of the year after November, so there can be rains as well. Weather forecasts are pretty unreliable due to sudden wind changes blowing from North.
In December and January temperatures tend to drop down after dark. Nights in Rome in December and January can be pretty cold with temperatures close to or below 0 degrees. The cold wind blowing from north usually makes Rome’s winter days cold, sunny and crisp. Snow is a pretty rare phenomenon in Rome, happening every 10 or 20 years.
During the first weeks of December it is not uncommon an autumn-like weather with mild temperatures around 15 °C (59 °F) accompanied by rain.
To sum up, winter in Rome sees the alternation of sunny and rainy days with mild temperatures during daytime and pretty cold nights especially due to the presence of cold north winds and a humid climate.
Sunset and Sundown
Days in December are pretty short. The winter solstice which happens on December 21st is the shortest day of the year. Sunset in Rome in December is approximately at 7:30 am, while sundown is at 4.30 pm / 4.45 pm.
Therefore by 5.00 pm it is already pretty dark in Rome. This is something you should take into account if you are planning to visit archaeological sites in Rome such as the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.
What to wear in Rome in the winter
Rome brings lots of outdoor activities.
Therefore, you will still want to pack warmly and comfortable clothes! When it comes to what to wear in Rome, no matter what time of year is, the first rule is to make sure you will be as comfortable as possible, especially with your feet! There’s nothing that could ruin your vacation like packing the wrong pair of shoes.
Sunglasses! Yes, you will still need your sunglasses in Rome. After all, you are traveling to Italy which is known for its sunny weather. You will wear them in the morning, trust us!
Make sure to pack both long sleeves shirts and T-shirts, along with sweaters and hoodies to make sure to stay warm in the evening and have some lighter clothes to wear in the morning on sunny days.
Eventually, it is advisable to pack a small umbrella to carry on with you in case it suddenly starts raining. You will see that in Rome umbrella sellers pop out all of the sudden from every corner of Rome when it starts raining. However, most of the time those are poor quality umbrellas, which usually last for a couple of months. Stores like H&M or Zara sell small umbrella of better quality for a pretty cheap price.