Averages for Florida in March
March is the first month of spring in Florida, the United States' most southeastern state and one of the country's most favorite beach destinations. This month is characterised by increasing temperatures, after the stable, dry and cool winter months of December, January and February. While those three months all had an average temperature of 16°C, March already enjoys a 20°C average. Nights have become significantly warmer, now averaging 13°C. In the afternoons, the mercury rises to an av...
March is the first month of spring in Florida, the United States' most southeastern state and one of the country's most favorite beach destinations. This month is characterised by increasing temperatures, after the stable, dry and cool winter months of December, January and February. While those three months all had an average temperature of 16°C, March already enjoys a 20°C average. Nights have become significantly warmer, now averaging 13°C. In the afternoons, the mercury rises to an average high temperature of 26°C, which is rather warm considering it is still only the beginning of spring. These low and high temperatures increase in the course of the month, respectively from 15°C to 17°C and from 24°C to 26°. The sea temperature is still very comfortable—which it is throughout the whole year, really—and averages 24°C in March.
March sees the days gradually become longer. March 1 is the shortest day and has 11.36 hours of daylight. March 31 is the month's longest day with 12.26 daylight hours. This overall increase implies that each day in March is 1.6 minutes longer than the previous one.
Cloud cover decreases significantly throughout the month, from 39% to 29%. As the skies slowly get clearer, the amount of sunrays that hit the state increases. March marks the start of the sunnier part of the year, which will last through August. On average, there are 9 hours of sunshine per day on average this month—April will be a bit sunnier, one of the sunniest month of the year, in fact, with 10 hours per day.
With a total amount of rainfall of no more than 64mm, March is one of the driest months of the year too. The chance that it will rain on any given day falls from 29% to 24% in the course of the month. There are three main types of rainfall recorded. Light rain is most common, occurring on 42% of all days with rainfall. Thunderstorms and moderate rain are common as well, respectively recorded on 28% and 22% of those rainy days.
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The skyline in Tampa, Florida
Where to Stay
If you're planning on a holiday near Lakeland or Plant City, La Quinta Inn & Suites Lakeland West would be a convenient location because of its proximity to Lakeland Square Mall. It also lies close to both the Tampa and Orlando airports. In addition to a free breakfast each morning, you can also enjoy the gym, pool, free Wi-Fi and cozy courtyard.
Another convenient place to stay in March, especially if you want to visit places such as Walt Disney World, is the Hilton Garden Inn Lakeland. This hotel's plethora of facilities includes a heated outdoor pool, 24-hour business centre and huge meeting rooms. This is a great hotel for both business travellers and tourists.
Another fine hotel is Holiday Inn Express & Suites Plant City. Located a short drive outside of Tampa, this hotel lies conveniently close to many of the area's attractions and amusement parks. Popular among businesspeople and holiday-makers alike, this hotel features a business centre, heated outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi and a complimentary breakfast.
Explore Downtown Tampa, Florida
Things to Do
In Plant City, the annual Florida Strawberry Festival is held almost every March of the year. There will be fairs, rides, games, foods and drinks booths. Think of a huge carnival-like atmosphere mixed with a country music concert. And of course, the star of the event: strawberries. Luscious strawberries as the main ingredient in every dish and drink available, including the festival's staple strawberry shortcake. The admission fee is only minimal. You won't actually be spending a lot at all because there's free entertainment in the area as well.
Give yourself a thrill and feel what it was like to be in the age of dinosaurs by visiting Dinosaur World in Plant City. There are more than 150 life-sized dinosaurs and you can do a fossil dig to search for souvenir fossils. There are playgrounds for the children and caves; you can also bring your own food and have a picnic.
Approximately 35 kilometres away from Plant City is Tampa Bay. Tampa has similar weather to Plant City. There are many things to see and do in Tampa Bay for tourists in March such as the Sunken Gardens, museums, aquariums, zoos and parks. Near Tampa Bay are two islands: Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island where you can sunbathe, go swimming, boating, and fishing. For good measure, bring the grill and enough charcoal to cook a bountiful catch of fish. The place comes with a caveat, though, for visitors are said to be hooked for life after visiting the islands, so beware!
Lake Mirror in Lakeland, Florida
Hit the Beach
Water temperatures average 24°C in March, so you might want to go for a swim in Tampa Bay. Luckily, there are plenty of gorgeous beaches in the area—some are absolutely world-class. Outdoor activities aren't limited to just swimming, though, for sea kayaking, scuba diving and snorkelling are ideal things to do this time of year as well. The dry weather conditions make it a perfect time to explore the underwater world.
Eating and Drinking Out
For a stomach-filling dinner, visit Johnson Barbecue in Plant City. This great barbecue restaurant serves slow-cooked (16 hours on the grill!) meat with its homemade sauces and marinades. You will never have tasted meat this soft and tender. This top-rated restaurant is open from Monday through Saturday and, in addition to barbecue, also serves breakfast, tacos, southern seafood dishes and sandwiches.
Another great place to eat in Plant City is Fred's Market Restaurant. This farm-to-table restaurant focuses on healthy, local and slow-cooked food, served in a welcoming setting with a homey ambience. You can visit this fine restaurant for lunch and dinner during the day, and also for breakfast over the weekend. Take-out food is available as well, its menu featuring everything from fish to grilled chicken to salads.