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New Orleans Weather in March

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This post is a summary of the New Orleans weather in March, with tips on what to pack and things to do.

If you are coming at the start or end of the month, read our weather guides to February and April




Spring is in the air and March is a great time to visit the Crescent City as the weather is mild and there are lots to see and do this month (especially a walking tour).

Early in March the afternoon high temperatures tend to be in the upper 60s f (20 - 21 c) while the overnight lows average in the low to mid-50s f (11 - 12 c).

Some of the cooler mornings can still dip down below 46 f (8 c).   


Average temperatures march in New Orleans


As the month progresses, the afternoon high temperatures will rise into the mid-70s f (23 - 24 c) with a few of the warmer days reaching or exceeding 82 f (28 c).

Morning lows by the end of this month will be mostly in the upper 50s f to lower 60s f (15 - 17 c).


During March, New Orleans sees about 16 days with sunny or at least partly sunny skies.

Some rain falls on about 8 days, however, significant rainfalls of 0.5 inches (13mm) or more occur only on 2-3 days. 


Rain and Sun in March in New Orleans


The weather is mild to warm this month so a sweater or light windbreaker may be all you need for those cooler days with short sleeves and other summer clothes for the warmer days. 


What to wear in march in New Orleans


For those few rainy days, you should bring your umbrella and don't forget a good pair of walking shoes to see all the sights.


The biggest event in New Orleans this March is Mardi Gras, but this ends at the start of the month. There are many other things to do, however. 

Below are our top 10 things to do, but read the full post of things to do in March here.

For tips on the most popular activities in New Orleans, check out our ghost, swamp, plantation, and riverboat tour posts.

Many of these items are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.



Read our full post on things to do in March in NOLA.

While you are here in New Orleans you should plan to join us for one of our several "pay-what-you-like tours" including several unique walking tours, food tours, and bike tours.


About The Author

Fred Pickhardt

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.
Updated: September 27th, 2021
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