March weather forecast

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Weather in March

March heralds the onset of autumn in Antarctica, bringing a noticeable shift in weather conditions. Temperatures continue to decrease from the relative mildness of the summer months. Coastal areas experience a temperature range of -10°C (14°F) to -5°C (23°F), while the inland areas record temperatures around -45°C (-49°F).

The McMurdo Station and the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, two notable research stations in Antarctica, both see declining temperatures. At McMurdo Station, temperatures hover around -10°C (14°F), and at the South Pole Station, temperatures drop to -45°C (-49°F).

The sea ice extent begins to increase significantly as the freezing process gains momentum, progressively reducing accessibility to the continent by sea. Consequently, tourist visits are very rare during this time.

From a wildlife perspective, most migratory species, including seabirds and whales, start to leave the continent for warmer climates. Penguin chicks, now mostly grown, begin their first ventures into the sea. Many seals migrate to the edge of the sea ice to feed on the rich, productive Antarctic waters.

When compared to February, March experiences a significant drop in temperature, indicative of the approaching winter. Looking ahead to April, conditions become even more severe as the temperatures continue to fall and daylight hours reduce drastically, setting the stage for the harsh Antarctic winter.

  • Artigas Base - March »
    On the first day of March sunrise is at 22:04 and sunset at 12:11. When are sunrise and sunset in March in Artigas Base?
  • McMurdo - March »
    In McMurdo in March, during 3.2 rainfall days, 24mm (0.94") of precipitation is typically accumulated. In McMurdo, in March, snow falls for 17.8 days, with typically accumulated 114mm (4.49") of snow.
  • Snow Hill Island - March »
    On the first day of March in Snow Hill Island, sunrise is at 21:51 and sunset at 12:10. In Snow Hill Island, Antarctica, in March, the average water temperature is -1°C (30.2°F).


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