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How's the Weather in San Francisco in March?

Updated: February 8, 2024

This post covers the weather in March in San Francisco, with tips on what to wear as well as things to do.

You may also find helpful our weather posts for February and April


March is a cool month in San Francisco with morning lows mostly in the mid to upper 40s F (8-9 C) with afternoon highs mostly in the low to mid-60s F (16-17 C).

Average Temperatures in San Francisco in March

A few of the cooler mornings may see temperatures drop into the lower 40s F (5-6 C) or less while a couple of warmer afternoons can reach the upper 60s F (20 C) or more.  

Over the years San Francisco has seen temperature extremes during March from as low as 30f (-1C) to as high as 85 f (29C).


About 18 or 19 days this month will see either sunny or at least partly sunny skies over San Francisco, so March is a good time to explore this city.

About 11 days this month see some precipitation.

However, only 2-3 days will record significant rainfall amounts of 1/2 inch (13 mm) or more. 

San Francisco Rain in March

Early March tends to be wetter than the latter part of the month.

San Francisco can be breezy at times with the wind during March coming mostly from the west or northwest at 9-12 mph (15-20 kph) with gusts generally 18-21 mph (up to 32 kph).


The weather tends to be cool so a couple of sweaters with long sleeve shirts (no shorts) and at least 1 medium weight jacket or coat will be needed.

What to Wear in San Francisco in March

You won't need any heavy winter clothes and don’t forget to pack some comfortable walking shoes.


There are more things to do in March than we can list here, so be sure to read our full post on what to do and see this month, as well as our master post of things to do for any time of the year.

Below is our top 9.

And if you are planning on visiting many of San Francisco's top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount pass.

This service could save up to 50% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants.

  • Watch a Warriors basketball game.
  • Take in a major concert.
  • See Hamilton the musical.
  • Take a free walking tour with us.
  • Watch the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
  • Attend the Beyond Berlin Film Festival.
  • See Disney on Ice with the kids.
  • Enjoy a food festival.
  • Explore Golden Gate Park.

be sure to read our full post on what to do and see this month, as well as our master post of things to do for any time of the year.

Season Outlook - January to March 2024 San Francisco

Temperatures are expected to be near normal with a 77% chance for below normal rainfall. 

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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: February 8th, 2024
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