What is the Weather like in Washington DC in March?

The weather in Washington DC in March is considered the first month of Spring. Since it is the transition between the season, the earlier half is colder and can even see snow, while the second half of March is usually warmer.

While you’re in town, be sure to check out top things to do in DC in March.

 




HOW COLD IS DC IN MARCH

March in the nation’s capital brings the beginning of spring but it will still have a few colder days, especially during the early part of the month.

 

Average March Temperatures in DC

Daytime high temperatures early in March tend to be mostly in the low 50s F (about 11 C).

But by the end of the month are more likely to be in the low 60s F (16-17 C) with a few of the warmer days reaching up into the mid-70s F (23 C) or higher.

Overnight low temperatures early in March tend to be in the low to mid-30s f (0-2C) with a few mornings dropping down into the mid-20s F (-3 C) or lower.

By the end of March, however, the morning low temperatures are more likely to be in the low 40s F (5-6 C).

 


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HOW MUCH SUN, RAIN, AND SNOW?

About 15 days this month will see sunny or at least partly sunny skies with some form of precipitation falling on about 13 days.

Significant precipitation amounts of 0.5 inches (13mm) or more, however, usually occur on only 2 or 3 days.

 

Weather Calendar for March in DC

 

Does it snow in March in DC?

Snow does occur this month but measurable snowfalls, on average, on only 1 day with snowfalls of 1 inch (2.5cm) or more occurring on one day every 5 years.

 


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WHAT TO WEAR IN MARCH?

Be sure to read our post, What to Wear and Pack in DC, for advice all year round on DC weather and how to prepare for it.
 

What to Wear in DC in March

 
Winter-like weather can still occur in March, especially early in the month, so you will need to bring some winter gear. If you’re coming later, there will be plenty of sunny days so pack lighter clothes.

Below we have a list of things we recommend packing for visiting DC in March:

1. Winter Coat

March is still cold in DC, so a good winter coat is recommended.

We like the sporty coats like this one from Columbia, which is great for long walks amongst the DC memorials. It’s not bulky and convenient to pack. 

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2. Layers

For warmer days, you might just need a sweater, so packing layers is important. Think long-sleeved shirts and a few light to medium sweaters.  

3. Accessories: Hats, Scarf, Gloves

You will want to accessorize with a hat, scarf, and gloves on cold days. 

These unisex gloves by TRENDOUX are great because they have touch-screen capabilities, which allows you to easily use your smartphone without having to constantly remove your gloves. 

 


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WHAT TO DO IN DC IN MARCH?

Below are some of the top things to do in DC in March.

Be sure to read our full post on what to do in DC in March which includes free things to do, night and family-friendly activities and attractions, as well as our definitive post on the best things to do in DC.

And if you are planning on visiting many of DC’s top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount pass as you could save up to 50% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants.

 

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

 


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Fred Pickhardt
Ocean Weather Services

 

About the author

www.oceanweatherservices.com

Fred is a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. He has extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, and forensic weather event reconstructions. Fred founded Ocean Weather Services and currently provides forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 3 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the host of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All

With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 25 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 3) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.