Weather in March
marks the advent of spring in Svalbard and Jan Mayen
, yet winter's grip still remains strong. It is the beginning of a transitional period, as daylight hours start to extend significantly while temperatures remain low.
In Svalbard, average temperatures in March remain chilly, at -14°C, yet are marginally warmer than the deep winter months. The capital, Longyearbyen, experiences similar temperatures. As March progresses, daylight returns to the archipelago, bringing with it the first signs of the approaching spring.
Jan Mayen's weather in March remains relatively cold, with average temperatures of about -1°C. But the Polar Night is officially over by mid-March, with the sun finally rising above the horizon and daylight hours extending rapidly. Conditions at the Norwegian military base on the island mirror those of the rest of the territory.
Precipitation levels in both Svalbard and Jan Mayen remain low in March, similar to the previous winter months. The moisture that does fall typically comes as snow, blanketing the territories in a thick, white layer that reflects the increasing hours of daylight.
Compared to February
, March sees a significant increase in daylight hours but only a slight rise in temperatures. Looking forward to April
, the trend of increasing daylight and marginally rising temperatures continues, signaling the steady march towards the brief, yet vibrant Arctic summer. Despite these transitional signs, it is vital for visitors to be prepared for persistent winter conditions.
- Longyearbyen - March »
March 2023, at 02:00, Daylight Saving Time starts and the time zone changes from CET to CEST. January through March, October through December, with an average maximum UV index of 0, are months with the lowest UV index in Longyearbyen, Svalbard and Jan Mayen.
- Barentsburg - March »
In Barentsburg during March, snow falls for 22 days. When does Daylight Saving Time start in March in Barentsburg?
- Olonkin City - March »
March 2023, at 02:00, Daylight Saving Time starts in Olonkin City and the time zone changes from CET to CEST. January through March, October through December, with an average maximum UV index of 0, are months with the lowest UV index in Olonkin City, Svalbard and Jan Mayen.