How is the weather in San Francisco in March?

This post covers the weather in March in San Francisco, with tips on what to wear as well as things to do and is updated for 2019. 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). 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.  


Average Temperatures in San Francisco in March  


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


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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. 

In general, early March tends to be wetter than the latter part of the month and 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).

San Francisco Rain in March


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

What to Wear in San Francisco in March



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 as you 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.


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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.

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Britt is a San Francisco Bay Area native, and has spent 25 years in this magical city. He has traveled to over 30 countries, and has never found a place he loves as much as this one! If you come to San Francisco, you might join one of Britt's tours of the city.

A graduate of the University of Maryland and University of Southern California, he has been leading tours for Free Tours by Foot since 2015.