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What is the Weather in Boston in March?

Updated: July 26, 2023

This post is an overview of the March weather in Boston, with tips on how to dress and things to do to help make the most of your trip.


March may start out cold in Boston, however, by the end of this month, signs of Spring will be in the air.  

Early in March overnight and early morning low temperatures tend to be in the mid-upper 20s F (-2C) while afternoon high temperatures average in the low 40s F (5-6C).

By the end of this month overnight low temperatures have warmed to the mid-30s F (2-3C) while afternoon highs often reach into the lower 50s F (10-11C).

Average Boston Temperatures in March

On a couple of the coldest mornings you will likely see temperatures dipping down into the mid-teens F (-9C) while a few of the warmer afternoons could see temperatures warm into the mid-60s F (17-18C).

March in Boston in the past has seen quite a large range in temperatures.

The all-time record low in Boston during March was -8 F (-22.2C)) set in 1872 while the record high of 96 F (35.6C) was sent in 1944.


Boston in March

About 16 days during March will see either sunny or at least partly sunny skies in Boston with about 11 or 12 days reporting some form of precipitation.


Of those days with precipitation, about 4 or 5 will record snow.

Of these, about 2 days will have at least 1 inch (about 2.5 cm) of snow and 1 day 3 inches (7.6cm) or more. 

Snowfalls of 5 inches (12.7cm) or more occur about once every other year.


March is a month of change so bringing the appropriate clothing is a must. March in Boston can be both winter-like and spring-like so you should pack for both.

What to Wear in Boston in March

It’s a good idea to dress in layers with a warm jacket or coat with scarf and gloves for the colder days.

For the warmer days, on-the-other-hand, perhaps a light jacket or wind-breaker and sweater will do fine.


Below are 10 top things to do in March in Boston.

Be sure to read our full post on what to do in Boston in March, which includes free things to do, night and family-friendly activities and attractions.

You might also want to check out our definitive post on the best things to do in Boston.

And if you are planning on visiting many of Boston’s top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount pass.

These services could save up to 50% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants.

  1. Boston Wine Festival
  2. Take a Walking Tour
  3. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
  4. Explore the Women's History of Boston
  5. Attend the Boston Massacre Reenactment
  6. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts after hours
  7. Take an enclosed boat tour on the harbor
  8. Try some Lobster
  9. Explore of the smaller museums
  10. Head indoors for some of the warmer things to do

Be sure to check out all the top things to do in March in our main post.

Seasonal Outlook

January to March 2023 Boston

There is a 80% chance for normal to above normal temperatures with near normal rainfall.

Fred Pickhardt
Ocean Weather Services

About The Author

Brian Burgess

Brian was born in Cambridge and has been living in the Boston area all his life. He is a graduate of Boston's Emerson College with a degree in communications with a journalism/history focus. He has been leading tours for Free Tours By Foot Boston since it was started in the city of Boston in 2012, and enjoys sharing his knowledge of Boston's rich history with not only the guests on his tours, but with everyone he meets.
Updated: July 26th, 2023
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