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How is the Weather in New York in March?

Updated: December 22, 2023

This post is a summary of the March weather in New York City.

We include snow and rain expectations, with tips on what to wear and things to do.

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Early this month, afternoon high temperatures tend to be in the mid-40s F (6-7 C) while early morning lows tend to be in the low 30s F (0 to -1 C).

On a few of the colder mornings, temperatures can still dip down into the upper teens (-7 to -8 C).

As the month progresses, spring starts to grab a hold in the Big Apple as the afternoon temperatures rise into the low to mid-50s F (11-13 C) and morning lows creep up into the upper 30's f to near 40f (3-5 C).

A few of the warmer afternoons can even see temperatures up into the mid-'60s (17-18 C).

The highest temperature recorded this month at Central Park was 86f (30C) while the coldest ever was 3 F (-16 C).


About 19 days this month will see sunny or at least partly sunny skies so get out and enjoy the improving weather.

Some precipitation can be expected on about 10-11 days.

However, only 2-3 days see significant amounts of 0.5 inches (13mm) or more. 


Snow can still fall in the city during March but is limited to about 2 days on average with 1 day receiving at least 1 inch (2.5 CM).

Snowfalls of 3 inches (7.6 CM) or more occur about once every other year.

The risk for snow is highest near the beginning of the month and drops significantly by the month's end.

For more info and for this year's snow forecast, check out our post on snow in NYC.


March is the month of seasonal transition.

Appropriate clothing can make or break a trip, so packing a little extra this month might be sensible for your stay in New York City.

As the month progresses, spring appears. 

It’s best to be prepared for both seasons so your comfort level is optimized, making your trip to the Big Apple the greatest experience of your lifetime!

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1. Layers

You'll need to check the weather beforehand to see if you're going to get more of a winter or spring feel, but if your trip straddles both, bring layers!

A medium jacket and long sleeves and sweaters should do the trick.

Thermals are great for layering, like these fleece-lined ones for women by Angelina. They're great for wearing under a jacket or on their own on a warmer day.

2. Jeans

No need for heavy pants, as the weather can be mild. Jeans are a great option to stay comfortable in. 

A nice dark-wash jean dressed with a button-up is a great evening look for going out to dinner. 

3. Pack Variety

Temperatures can rise into the '50s and '60s, so depending on your tolerance and where you're coming from, even a pair of shorts could be warranted.

Still, it doesn't hurt to have a scarf and gloves for those chilly mornings.

Travel scarves are great for holding things like your phone and ID/passports for making travel easier, and they're great for keeping you warm as well!

SEASONAL OUTLOOK - March to May 2023 New York City

There is a 78% chance for normal to above-normal temperatures with near-normal rainfall.

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Even though March weather can be unpredictable, there are many things to do in NYC inside and out.

Below is the top 10 list from our post on things to do in NYC in March.

You may also want to read our master post on things to do in NYC at any time of year.

For tips on the most popular activities in NYC, check out our schedule of pay-what-you-like walking tours, our bus tours, and boat cruise pages. 

Several of the items below are already included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass

Read our full post on things to do in NYC in March for even more ideas. 

If you are coming at the start or end of the month, be sure to check out our guides for February and April.

Or check out our full post on things to do any time of year in NYC for even more ideas. 

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: December 22nd, 2023
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