What is the Weather Like in New Orleans in March?

This post is a summary of the New Orleans weather in March, with tips on what to pack and things to do (updated for 2018).  Spring is in the air and it’s a great time to visit the city as the weather is mild.  Click on the links below to learn more.  If you are coming at the start or end of the month, you may want to read our weather guides to February and April.

Average Temperatures
How Much Sun/Rain
What to Wear
Things to Do in March
Free Tours by Foot


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. 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).   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 82f (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).


Average temperatures march in New Orleans



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. Snow is not an issue here in March.


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. 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.


What to wear in march in New Orleans



The Mardi Gras in New Orleans normally occurs in February but can occur as late as March 9.  For 2018, it takes place in February.  Some other events in March include St Patrick’s Day and the Food Fest held annually in the French Market. Below is our top 10 list of things to do in March.  Read our full post for March activities for more ideas.  

While you are here in New Orleans please also join us for one of our several “pay-what-you-like” guided tours including several unique walking tours, food tours, and bike tours.

  1. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
  2. Listen to Live Music
  3. Visit a Swamp – including a free one in the city.
  4. Rock n Roll Marathon
  5. Spring Fiesta – visit authentic New Orleans’ homes
  6. Watch a Pelicans basketball game. 
  7. Enjoy the Plantation Spring Festival
  8. St. Joesph’s Day Parade
  9. Visit the World War 2 Museum
  10. It’s Crawfish Season


Written by Fred Pickhardt

Ocean Weather Services