How is the Weather in New York in March?

This post is a summary of the March weather in New York City, with tips on what to wear and things to do, updated for 2019. March weather can be fairly unpredictable, so choosing what to pack this month is important.

 

 


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HOW COLD IS NYC IN MARCH?

Early this month, afternoon high temperatures tend to be in the mid-40s F (6-7 C) while early morning lows tend to me in the low 30s F (0 to -1 C). On a few of the colder mornings, temperatures can still dip down into to upper teens (-7 to -8 C).

 

Average Temperature in March in NYC

 

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).

 


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HOW MUCH RAIN IN MARCH? 

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. 

 

March Rain and Sun in NYC

 

DOES IT SNOW IN MARCH IN NYC?

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 (7.6CM) or more occur about once every other year. The risk for snow is highest near the beginning of the month and drops significantly by month’s end.

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

 


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WHAT TO WEAR IN MARCH

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.

 

What to Wear in March in NYC

 

As the month progresses, spring appears. It’s not a perfect formula, so it’s a good idea to have layers and a warm jacket. You’ll also want to bring a medium to light jacket for those days when the temperature rises into the 50’s and 60’s.

The temperature will vary from scarves and gloves to skirts and short sleeves. Of course, your tolerance depends on what climate you’re coming from. 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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THINGS TO DO IN MARCH

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

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

  • See a concert
  • Watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
  • Catch a Knicks, Nets, Rangers or Islanders’ game
  • Attend the Orchid Show
  • Attend a Big East or ACC Championship Tournament game.

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 January and March, and see our full post on things to do any time of year in NYC for even more ideas. 

 


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