This post covers the weather in NYC during March, what to expect and activities you might consider this month. So, how is the weather in New York in March? Well, spring is in the air in New York City as March is a month that transitions from wintertime to spring. Early this month in New York City, afternoon high temperatures tend to be in the mid-40;s f (6-7C) while early morning lows tend to me in the low 30’s f (0 to -1C). On a few of the colder mornings, temperatures can still dip down into to upper teens (-7 to -8C). As the month progresses, spring starts to grab a hold in the Big Apple as the afternoon temperatures rise into the low to mid 50’s f (11-13C) and morning lows creep up into the upper 30’s f to near 40f (3-5C). A few of the warmer afternoons can even see temperatures up into the mid 60’s (17-18C). The highest temperature recorded this month at Central Park was 86f (30C) while the coldest ever was 3f (-16C).
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Our Lower East Side Food Tour 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. 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 (2.5CM). 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.
(image to the right is of participants on our Lower East Side Food Tour on March 21st 2013)
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. As the month progresses, spring appears. It’s not a perfect formula, so it’s a good idea to have layers and 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!
What to do in New York City in March
On March 17th, the world’s oldest and largest parade, New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates Irish culture and the Catholic faith on 5th Avenue. Staring March 22nd you can view spectacular arrangements of flowers from around the world at Macy’s Flower Show at Macy’s Herald Square.
Be sure to read our 10 things to do in NYC in March for more ideas.
While you are here, please also join Free Tours by Foot on our High Line Tours and discover New York’s most exciting new park and learn about the history of the Meatpacking District as well as Chelsea and its wonderful market. If you are hungry, try our Williamsburg Food Tour where you’ll sample one of the city’s best falafel plates, enjoy buttermilk biscuits with honey and jam straight from the farm, taste exclusive Mast Brothers chocolate and much more!
To learn more about New York City’s weather during the whole year, check out our greater guide to New York City Weather.
Written by Fred Pickhardt
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