What is the Weather like in Paris during March?

This post is about the weather in Paris in March, including average temperatures, precipitation, and tips on packing and sightseeing activities.


HOW COLD IS PARIS IN MARCH?

Paris in March tends to be cold and cloudy with a number of partly sunny or sunny days.  Afternoon high temperatures generally range from the upper 9-10C (40s F) early in March, warming up into 12-13C (the mid-50s F) towards the end of the month. 

 

Average Temperatures in Paris in March

 

A few of the warmer afternoons will likely reach the mid to upper 19-20C (60s F) especially towards the end of the month.

The record high temperature in Paris during March is 24C (75F).

Late night and early morning low temperatures tend to be around 2-3C (the mid to upper 30s F) early in the month, warming to 4-5 C (the low 40s F) near the end of the month. 

A few of the colder mornings, especially early in March can dip down into -2C to -3C (the upper 20s F) .  The record low temperature recorded in Paris during March was -6 C (21 F)


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HOW MUCH SUN OR RAIN?

Paris normally will be cloudy or mostly cloudy on about 18-19 days during March but with 12-13 days offering sunny or at least partly sunny conditions. A sunny day is more likely near the end of the month than at the beginning.

 

Weather Calendar Paris March

 

About 10-14 days will record some precipitation, however, only 7-8 days will record at least 1 mm (0.04 inches) of rain. Accumulating snow or ice is rare, however, 1-2 days could have some occurrence of snow or ice.

The record snowfall for Paris was 40 cm (15.75 in) on 2 March 1946.

Daylight hours increase during this month from about 11 hours on the 1st to just under 13 hours by the 31st. 

The wind during March generally is light to moderate, averaging mostly between 6 mph and 15 mph but occasionally reaching  27-29 kph (17-18 mph) with higher gusts.


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WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

March is a transitional month between winter and spring with some days requiring winter clothes including a heavier coat with a scarf and gloves but many days, especially near the end of the month will only require a light-weight jacket or windbreaker. 

What to Wear Paris in March

 

Don’t forget some good walking shoes as well as an umbrella or raincoat for those rainy days. 


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WHAT TO DO IN PARIS IN MARCH?

This section lists our suggestions for things to do in Paris this month. Find more detail for these top things to do in our full Paris in March post.

For more detail on these free things to do, family-friendly activities, and evening entertainment and events, read our full post for the best Paris activities.

 

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TIP: When you purchase a tourist discount pass, you can see more while saving money on the most popular attractions. Some city passes will give up to 55% discounts!

Find more detail for these top things to do in our full Paris in March post.

 


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About the author

Christina studied art history and French literature at the Sorbonne for a year in Paris as an undergrad. Now based in Washington, DC, she visits Paris as often as possible and loves introducing family and friends to her favorite places there. She has worked as a travel writer, museum professional, English tutor, and editor, and her favorite French cheese is Pont l'Eveque.

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