March weather forecast
New York, NY

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The sunset view over skyscrapers in New York City, USA
The sunset view over skyscrapers in New York City, USA

Weather in March

As March arrives, New York transitions from the severe cold of winter towards slightly warmer temperatures with abnormal peaks reaching 46.4°F (8°C). Wind speeds diminish compared to January and February, allowing outdoor pursuits to be more enjoyable. This time of the year is known for more sunshine hours, effectively counteracting the somewhat cold temperatures. March experiences more frequent rain than the previous winter months, making the city's streets glisten under the spring sun. However, this increased rainfall does not significantly impact visibility, keeping outdoor sightseeing alive.

Temperature

A gentle upsurge in temperatures occurs as February gives way to March, with average highs shifting from a wintry 39.2°F (4°C) to a chilly 46.4°F (8°C). During March, the nighttime temperature averages of 34.2°F (1.2°C).

Humidity

The average relative humidity in March is 73%.

Rainfall

In New York, in March, it is raining for 12.7 days, with typically 2.83" (72mm) of accumulated precipitation. In New York, during the entire year, the rain falls for 169 days and collects up to 36.65" (931mm) of precipitation.

Snowfall

Months with snowfall are January through April, November and December. The month with the most snowfall in New York, New York, is March, when snow falls for 4.1 days and typically aggregates up to 2.64" (67mm) of snow.

Ocean temperature

In March, the average ocean temperature is 40.1°F (4.5°C).
Note: In the context of swimming, this situation is viewed as life-threatening and poses serious risks. The sensation of cold is painfully acute, leading to rapid hyperventilation. Using a specialized swimsuit is imperative to decrease thermal injury.

Daylight

In New York, the average length of the day in March is 11h and 58min.
On the first day of March, sunrise is at 6:28 am and sunset at 5:47 pm EST. On the last day of the month, sunrise is at 6:39 am and sunset at 7:20 pm EDT.
Note: On Sunday, March 10. 2024, at 2:00 am, Daylight Saving Time starts, and the time zone changes from EST to EDT. Daylight Saving Time lasts until Sunday, November 3. 2024, at 2:00 am; consequently, the time zone reverts from EDT to EST.

Sunshine

In New York, the average sunshine in March is 6.3h.

UV index

The months with the lowest UV index are January through March, November and December, with an average maximum UV index of 2. A UV Index reading of 2, and below, represents a low threat to health from exposure to the Sun's UV rays for average individuals.
Note: The maximum UV index of 2 during March translates into these guidelines:
Babies, children, and those with sensitive skin should always avoid extended periods in the sun. For health reasons, it's advisable to reduce direct sun exposure during peak hours around midday. On bright days sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays should be worn. A hat with a wide brim is extremely helpful, as it can prevent roughly 50% of UV radiation from reaching the eyes. Forewarned is forearmed! The Sun's UV radiation can be almost doubled in intensity by snow reflection.

Frequently asked questions

What are the temperatures in March?

In March, in New York, the average high-temperature is 46.4°F (8°C), and the average low-temperature is 34.2°F (1.2°C).

What is the average humidity in March?

The average relative humidity in March is 73%.

How much does it rain in March?

In New York, in March, it is raining for 12.7 days, with typically 2.83" (72mm) of accumulated precipitation.

When does it snow the most?

March is the month with the most snowfall. Snow falls for 4.1 days and accumulates 2.64" (67mm) of snow.

How much does it snow in March?

In March, it is snowing for 4.1 days. Throughout March, 2.64" (67mm) of snow is accumulated.

How cold is the water in March?

In March, the average ocean temperature in New York is 40.1°F (4.5°C). For swimming, this is considered very dangerous and immediately life-threatening. Total loss of breathing control instantly occurs, and clear thinking becomes almost impossible. A specialized swimsuit is obligatory to minimize thermal loss.

What is the average length of the day in March?

In New York, the average day length in March is 11h and 58min.

What time are sunrise and sunset in March?

In March, on the first day of the month, sunrise is at 6:28 am and sunset at 5:47 pm EST. On the last day of the month, sunrise is at 6:39 am and sunset at 7:20 pm EDT.

When does Daylight Saving Time (DST) start in March?

On Sunday, March 10. 2024, at 2:00 am, Daylight Saving Time starts, and the time zone changes from EST to EDT. DST ends Sunday, November 3. 2024, at 2:00 am.

How long on average sun shines in March in New York?

The average sunshine duration in March in New York is 6.3h.

When is the lowest UV index?

The months with the lowest UV index are January through March, November and December, with an average maximum UV index of 2.

What is the UV index reading in March?

The average daily maximum UV index in March is 2. A UV Index estimate of 2, and below, represents a minimal hazard to health from unsafe exposure to Sun's UV rays.
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Average temperature in March
New York, NY

Average temperature in March - New York, NY
  • Average high temperature in March: 46.4°F

The warmest month (with the highest average high temperature) is July (82.9°F).
The month with the lowest average high temperature is January (36.5°F).

  • Average low temperature in March: 34.2°F

The month with the highest average low temperature is July (69.4°F).
The coldest month (with the lowest average low temperature) is January (26.1°F).

Average pressure in March
New York, NY

Average pressure in March - New York, NY
  • Average pressure in March: 30.05"Hg

The month with the highest atmospheric pressure is November (30.1"Hg).
The month with the lowest atmospheric pressure is June (29.93"Hg).

Average wind speed in March
New York, NY

Average wind speed in March - New York, NY
  • Average wind speed in March: 9.8mph

The windiest month (with the highest average wind speed) is January (9.9mph).
The calmest month (with the lowest average wind speed) is July (6.6mph).

Average humidity in March
New York, NY

Average humidity in March - New York, NY
  • Average humidity in March: 73%

The months with the highest relative humidity are February and December (76%).
The month with the lowest relative humidity is August (70%).

Average rainfall in March
New York, NY

Average rainfall in March - New York, NY
  • Average rainfall in March: 2.83"

The wettest month (with the highest rainfall) is July (4.02").
The driest month (with the least rainfall) is January (2.17").

Average rainfall days in March
New York, NY

Average rainfall days in March - New York, NY
  • Average rainfall days in March: 12.7 days

The month with the highest number of rainy days is July (18.5 days).
The month with the least rainy days is January (9.1 days).

Average snowfall in March
New York, NY

Average snowfall in March - New York, NY
  • Average snowfall in March: 2.64"

The month with the highest snowfall is March (2.64").
The months with the least snowfall are May, June, July, August, September and October (0").

Average snowfall days in March
New York, NY

Average snowfall days in March - New York, NY
  • Average snowfall days in March: 4.1 days

The month with the highest number of snowfall days is January (5.8 days).
The months with the least snowfall days are May, June, July, August, September and October (0 days).

Average sea temperature in March
New York, NY

Average sea temperature in March - New York, NY
  • Average sea temperature in March: 40.2°F

The best month for swimming (with the highest average sea temperature) is August (74.1°F).
The coldest month (with the lowest average sea temperature) is February (39.7°F).

Average daylight in March /
Average sunshine in March
New York, NY

Average daylight in March / Average sunshine in March - New York, NY
  • Average daylight in March: 12h and 0min

The month with the longest days is June (Average daylight: 15h and 0min).
The month with the shortest days is December (Average daylight: 9h and 18min).

  • Average sunshine in March: 6h and 2min

The month with the most sunshine is July (Average sunshine: 10h and 30min).
The month with the least sunshine is February (Average sunshine: 4h and 42min).

Average sunshine days in March
New York, NY

Average sunshine days in March - New York, NY
  • Average sunshine days in March: 14.3 days

The month with the most sunshine days is January (17.9 days).
The month with the least sunshine days is June (9.8 days).

Average UV index in March
New York, NY

Average UV index in March - New York, NY
  • Average UV index in March: 2

The months with the highest UV index are June, July and August (UV index 6).
The months with the lowest UV index are January, February, March, November and December (UV index 2).

Average cloud cover in March
New York, NY

Average cloud cover in March - New York, NY
  • Average cloud cover in March: 47

The months with the most cloud cover are February, March and December (Cloud cover 47).
The month with the least cloud cover is August (Cloud cover 30).

Average visibility in March
New York, NY

Average visibility in March - New York, NY
  • Average visibility in March: 6mi

The months with the highest visibility are January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December (6mi).
The months with the lowest visibility are January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December (6mi).

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