March weather forecast
Wellington, New Zealand

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A red cable bus on the road in Wellington, New Zealand, with the view of the sea, mountains, and the city in the distance
A red cable bus on the road in Wellington, New Zealand, with the view of the sea, mountains, and the city in the distance

Weather in March

With March arrives the onset of autumn. Although the city experiences a dip in temperatures from the summer months, the weather remains reasonably mild and pleasant as compared to the chilly climate of April. This makes it ideal for people to continue enjoying outdoor activities. Notably, March experiences a rise in rainfall both in terms of quantity at 26mm (1.02") and the number of rainy days. As the month progresses, the daylight hours shorten, and the city slowly prepares itself for the upcoming colder months.

Temperature

March's arrival in Wellington brings an average high-temperature of a still comfortable 17.8°C (64°F), slightly deviating from February's 18.8°C (65.8°F). Nighttime, during March, brings an average low of 14.3°C (57.7°F), a modest reduction from the day's peak.

Humidity

February through April and December, with an average relative humidity of 80%, are the most humid months.

Rainfall

In Wellington, during March, the rain falls for 9.4 days and regularly aggregates up to 26mm (1.02") of precipitation. Throughout the year, there are 144.3 rainfall days, and 394mm (15.51") of precipitation is accumulated.

Sea temperature

In Wellington, in March, the average water temperature is 16.8°C (62.2°F).
Note: In 16.8°C (62.2°F), swimming is not an enjoyable activity for most. As the temperature decreases from 21°C (69.8°F) to 15°C (59°F), it becomes harder to control breathing.

Daylight

In Wellington, the average length of the day in March is 12h and 22min.
On the first day of the month, sunrise is at 7:02 am and sunset at 8:04 pm. On the last day of March, in Wellington, sunrise is at 7:35 am and sunset at 7:14 pm NZDT.

Sunshine

In Wellington, New Zealand, the average sunshine in March is 8h.

UV index

The months with the highest UV index in Wellington are January through March and December, with an average maximum UV index of 5. A UV Index estimate of 3 to 5 represents a medium health hazard from unprotected exposure to Sun's UV rays for ordinary individuals.
Note: In March, a regular UV index of 5 translates into these guidelines:
Take care. Persons with lighter skin might suffer burns in less than 30 minutes. Avoid the Sun's strongest UV rays by seeking shade and limiting exposure during midday. For a sun-safe wardrobe, go for clothes that are tightly woven and generously sized.
Updated: Jan 27, 2024 | Published by: Weather Atlas | About Us / Weather Forecasting / Data Sources

Frequently asked questions

What is the usual temperature for Wellington in March?

March temperatures in Wellington, New Zealand, vary between a high-temperature of 17.8°C (64°F) and a low-temperature of 14.3°C (57.7°F).

What are the most humid months in Wellington?

The months with the highest humidity in Wellington are February through April and December, with an average relative humidity of 80%.

What is the average humidity in March in Wellington?

In March, the average relative humidity is 80%.

How much does it rain in Wellington in March?

In March, in Wellington, New Zealand, the rain falls for 9.4 days. Throughout March, 26mm (1.02") of precipitation is accumulated.

How cold is the water in March in Wellington?

In March, the average sea temperature in Wellington is 16.8°C (62.2°F). For swimming, a surface water temperature of 16.8°C (62.2°F) is not enjoyable for the majority. It is not considered safe, as controlling breathing becomes progressively more difficult as water temperature decreases below 21°C (69.8°F).

How many hours of daylight does Wellington have in March?

The average day length in March in Wellington, New Zealand, is 12h and 22min.

What time are sunrise and sunset in March in Wellington?

On the first day of March in Wellington, New Zealand, sunrise is at 7:02 am and sunset at 8:04 pm. On the last day of the month, sunrise is at 7:35 am and sunset at 7:14 pm NZDT.

How long on average sun shines in March in Wellington?

In March, the average sunshine duration in Wellington is 8h.

When is the highest UV index in Wellington?

The months with the highest UV index in Wellington, New Zealand, are January through March and December, with an average maximum UV index of 5.

How high is the UV index in March in Wellington?

In Wellington, New Zealand, the average daily maximum UV index in March is 5. A UV Index reading of 3 to 5 represents a moderate vulnerability from unsafe exposure to Sun's UV rays.

Average temperature in March
Wellington, New Zealand

Average temperature in March - Wellington, New Zealand
  • Average high temperature in March: 17.8°C

The warmest month (with the highest average high temperature) is February (18.8°C).
The month with the lowest average high temperature is July (11.4°C).

  • Average low temperature in March: 14.3°C

The month with the highest average low temperature is February (15.4°C).
The coldest month (with the lowest average low temperature) is July (9°C).

Average pressure in March
Wellington, New Zealand

Average pressure in March - Wellington, New Zealand
  • Average pressure in March: 1017.7mbar

The month with the highest atmospheric pressure is March (1017.7mbar).
The months with the lowest atmospheric pressure are September and November (1012.2mbar).

Average wind speed in March
Wellington, New Zealand

Average wind speed in March - Wellington, New Zealand
  • Average wind speed in March: 23.1km/h

The windiest month (with the highest average wind speed) is September (26.9km/h).
The calmest month (with the lowest average wind speed) is March (23.1km/h).

Average humidity in March
Wellington, New Zealand

Average humidity in March - Wellington, New Zealand
  • Average humidity in March: 80%

The months with the highest relative humidity are February, March, April and December (80%).
The month with the lowest relative humidity is July (78%).

Average rainfall in March
Wellington, New Zealand

Average rainfall in March - Wellington, New Zealand
  • Average rainfall in March: 26mm

The wettest month (with the highest rainfall) is June (47mm).
The driest months (with the least rainfall) are January and February (20mm).

Average rainfall days in March
Wellington, New Zealand

Average rainfall days in March - Wellington, New Zealand
  • Average rainfall days in March: 9.4 days

The month with the highest number of rainy days is June (14.5 days).
The month with the least rainy days is February (8 days).

Average sea temperature in March
Wellington, New Zealand

Average sea temperature in March - Wellington, New Zealand
  • Average sea temperature in March: 16.8°C

The best month for swimming (with the highest average sea temperature) is February (17.1°C).
The coldest month (with the lowest average sea temperature) is August (12.3°C).

Average daylight in March /
Average sunshine in March
Wellington, New Zealand

Average daylight in March / Average sunshine in March - Wellington, New Zealand
  • Average daylight in March: 12h and 2min

The month with the longest days is December (Average daylight: 15h and 6min).
The month with the shortest days is June (Average daylight: 9h and 12min).

  • Average sunshine in March: 8h and 0min

The month with the most sunshine is December (Average sunshine: 9h and 24min).
The month with the least sunshine is June (Average sunshine: 5h and 24min).

Average sunshine days in March
Wellington, New Zealand

Average sunshine days in March - Wellington, New Zealand
  • Average sunshine days in March: 19 days

The month with the most sunshine days is March (19 days).
The month with the least sunshine days is June (11.5 days).

Average UV index in March
Wellington, New Zealand

Average UV index in March - Wellington, New Zealand
  • Average UV index in March: 5

The months with the highest UV index are January, February, March and December (UV index 5).
The months with the lowest UV index are May and June (UV index 3).

Average cloud cover in March
Wellington, New Zealand

Average cloud cover in March - Wellington, New Zealand
  • Average cloud cover in March: 33

The month with the most cloud cover is June (Cloud cover 44).
The month with the least cloud cover is February (Cloud cover 30).

Average visibility in March
Wellington, New Zealand

Average visibility in March - Wellington, New Zealand
  • Average visibility in March: 10km

The months with the highest visibility are January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December (10km).
The months with the lowest visibility are January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December (10km).

Wellington, New Zealand

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