Averages for London in March

What's the weather like in London in March

The weather gradually begins to improve in March in London, UK when the spring season is beginning. At this time of the year, the capital experiences an average temperature of around 8°C which increases as the month develops. The daily highs rise from 10°C at the beginning of the month to 13°C by the end, going above 17°C or falling below 8°C very rarely – only one day out of every ten. Daily low temperatures ha...

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  • Temperature Temperature 9°C 48°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 10°C 50°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 4°C 39°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 4 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 35 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 16 days

What's the weather like in London in March

The weather gradually begins to improve in March in LondonUK when the spring season is beginning. At this time of the year, the capital experiences an average temperature of around 8°C which increases as the month develops. The daily highs rise from 10°C at the beginning of the month to 13°C by the end, going above 17°C or falling below 8°C very rarely – only one day out of every ten. Daily low temperatures hardly vary at all and stick around 6°C, exceeding 9°C or falling below 2°C one day in ten. 

In recent times, the highest recorded temperature for London in March is 23°C, with the lowest temperature ever recorded for the month being -1°C. Take a look at these temperatures alongside the average for the month – 8°C – and it's clear that they're the extremes and definitely not the norm. In 2013, March was the coldest month of the year, with an average daily low temperature of 2°C, compared to a typical value of 5°C. The longest cold spell for that year took place between March 17th and April 12th – that's 27 consecutive days when the coldest temperature was lower than the average.

With an average of 35mm of rainfall spread across 16 days throughout March, it's highly likely that you'll experience a shower or two during your holiday. The most common types of precipitation for this time of year are moderate rain which is most likely around March 31st, followed by light rain which is generally expected around March 27th. The probability of rainfall changes very little throughout the month, with the average chance of seeing some kind of precipitation constant at 43%.

London experienced an extraordinarily warm and dry springtime in 2011 which began in March. Some places in and around the city experienced less than 20mm of rainfall across March, April and May – significantly lower than the average. Some sources even claim that March 2011 was the driest March for 50 years.

The city experiences an average of two snowy days throughout March which are most likely to occur on the 1st and 2nd of the month. The likelihood of snowfall decreases from 8% on March 1st down to 2% by March 29th. If you don't want to see any rainfall or snow during your visit to London, you're best off planning your holiday for the second and third week. In 2013, the month with the largest number of snow reports was March, when there were 19 reports in total.

March is quite a cloudy month for London, with the average cloud coverage ranging from 79% at the start of the month to 73% by March 30th. Despite the fair amount of precipitation, snowfall and clouds, London experiences an average of less than one foggy day each March.

Just like in February, the average sea temperature for the closest coastal location to London is a bracing 8°C in March. Even if you're used to swimming in cool conditions, 8°C is far too cold to enjoy a dip, so you're best off sticking to indoor swimming pools if you want some in-water exercise.

The relative humidity for London in March varies from 50% to 88% throughout the month, very rarely falling below 39% or rising above 94%. The air is usually at its driest around March 31st, when the relative humidity drops below 55% on three days out of every four. On the other hand, the air is at its most humid on March 17th, when the humidity tends to rise above 84% three days in four.

London enjoys an average of five hours of sunshine every day throughout March, a figure which varies greatly according to the day-to-day cloud coverage. As the month progresses, the amount of daylight hours is rising, which means that the number of sunshine hours also increases. Don't forget – Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 29th at 1am in 2015.

From the beginning to the end of the month, the day expands by one hour and 58 minutes, with the shortest day falling on March 1st with ten hours and 57 minutes of daylight and the longest day being March 31st with 12 hours and 55 minutes of daylight.

Throughout March, typical wind speeds vary from 1 m/s to 6 m/s, almost never exceeding 9 m/s. The greatest average wind speed of 4 m/s occurs on March 2nd, during when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. The lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s tends to be on March 21st when the average daily maximum speed is 6 m/s. During the month the wind direction is most likely to be out of the south west, followed by west and then east. In 2013, the highest daily mean wind speed was 9 m/s which occurred on March 22nd.

March 10th-12th 2008 saw some incredibly strong winds greatly affecting London and the south of England as a whole. These severe conditions caused a disruption to transport and power supplies, as well as restrictions on many bridges.

London Hotels in March

If you're on a tight budget during your holiday in London, consider staying at the Premier Inn London Ealing. Situated on the outskirts of the city, this hotel provides accommodation in the form of double, triple and quadruple rooms, each of which features heating, flat-screen TV, free WiFi access and private bathroom with hairdryer. Accessible rooms are also available. Onsite services and facilities include free WiFi access throughout, breakfast room which serves full English and continental options, bar which serves soft drinks and alcohol and paid private parking. The Hammersmith Apollo, Westfield Shopping Centre and Wembley Stadium are all within a five-minute walk of the hotel.

The Premier Inn London Putney Bridge is another great choice when it comes to low-cost accommodation in London. This recently refurbished hotel is just a short distance away from the River Thames, Fulham Palace Gardens, London Wetlands Centre and Wimbledon and provides accommodation in the form of double, triple and quadruple rooms. Each guestroom comes complete with tea/coffee making facilities, flat-screen TV, free WiFi access, heating and private bathroom with hairdryer and free toiletries. Accessible double rooms are also available. Within the hotel you'll find free WiFi access throughout, full English and continental breakfast buffet with vegetarian options, bar which serves non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks and paid public parking. Children can also enjoy a free breakfast with dining with an adult.

For something more traditional, take a look at the Glenlyn Guest House. Set within several Victorian terraced houses, this hotel offers accommodation in the form of single, double, twin and family rooms. Each guestroom features free WiFi access, heating, flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with bath and shower. Onsite services and amenities include private bar, conservatory where guests enjoy full English and continental breakfasts, free WiFi access throughout and free parking. Many bars and restaurants are within walking distance of the Glenlyn Guest House whilst the nearby Woodside Park Tube Station provides guests with easy access to even more eateries and nightlife options in the centre of the city.

Hotel Xanadu is a modern boutique hotel situated in West London with convenient transport links to Central London and Heathrow Airport. Here you'll find 46 rooms and two executive suites, each of which has been decorated with tranquility in mind and features flat-screen TV, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with shower and complimentary toiletries. Suites are much larger and also offer a larger bed, separate lounge with sofa bed, bathrobes, slippers and bath. Onsite dining options include the Shikumen Restaurant which serves Asian cuisine, 24-hour room service, breakfast buffet with hot and cold options and Koobla Bar & Restaurant. Guests can also enjoy free access to the gym, fitness studio, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa at Eden Fitness, which is just a five-minute walk away.

Travellers eager to visit museums during their trip to London should think about staying at the Mercure London Greenwich. This hotel is located in Royal Greenwich, just a 15 minute walk away from the Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark and only one mile away from the Greenwich Market and Observatory. Accommodation comes in the form of 45 guestrooms divided into standard doubles, standard twins, privilege rooms, family rooms and suites. Each guestroom comes with flat-screen TV, free WiFi access, coffee/tea making facilities, heating, laptop safe and private bathroom with shower. Onsite dining options include one brasserie-style restaurant which serves fresh seasonal cuisine, one bar which serves drinks, lunches, suppers and afternoon teas, and room service available 7am-7pm. Other onsite services and amenities include gym, free WiFi access throughout and paid private parking.

Restaurants and Bars

For a tasty treat that packs a punch, head to Killer Tomato in Shepherd's Bush. Here you can find delicious tacos, burritos, quesadillas and cocktails that won't break the bank with their weekly deals and offers. Speaking of which, take note that this eatery is cashless!

Experience the vibrant colours and buzzing atmosphere of Las Iguanas, Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury. Catering for a mid range budget, you can afford to pick a tapas style meal full of all sorts of flavoured and spiced dishes. Round your meal off with a tasty dessert such as churros, perfect for dunking and sharing!

Taking Mexican and Peruvian dishes to the next level, Leicester Square Kitchen offers exquisitely executed dishes, bursting with flavour and culinary magic. Focusing on the idea of sharing, their menu contains an abundance of fish, vegetable and grilled meat dishes, with delicious salsas and sides to compliment.

If tequila and mezcal is what you're after, then Cafe Pacifico will be enjoyed highly! Choose from over 100 varieties of tequila and mezcal, either to be incorporated into a cocktail or to be enjoyed neat.

Things to do in London in March

The British Museum is one of the most important museums in the UK, making it a must-visit during your trip to London. Open every day of the week, this museum is completely free to enter and is comprised of numerous temporary and permanent exhibitions. You can wander around and admire the galleries yourself, but if you really want to have an enlightening experience, you're best off signing up for one of the guided tours which take place several times throughout the day. If you're visiting the British Museum as a family, you'll be pleased to hear that there is plenty for kids to see and do, including arts and crafts, trails and object handling. After you've seen everything, take it easy in the café or restaurant before heading on over to the gift shop to pick up some souvenirs.

Art lovers won't want to miss the chance to explore the Courtauld Gallery. Known as one of the finest small museums in the world, the Courtauld Gallery is home to a fantastic art collection, including famous Impressionist and Post-Impressionist pieces, as well as a selection of temporary exhibitions. Displays are primarily made up of sculptures, decorative arts, drawings and prints. There is also a café and gift shop onsite. Admission is reasonable and children under 18 can enter for free. The best day to visit the Courtauld Gallery is on a Monday when admittance is half price.

If you're fan of theatre, don't pass up the opportunity to visit the Royal Opera House. There have been spectacular performances in the past such as Swan Lake, Onegin, L'Ormindo, Ballet Black, Die Zauberfote and Der Fliegende Hollander. For a truly memorable visit, you can splash out and combine a performance with a meal in one of the luxury dining rooms. If you'd like to visit the Royal Opera House but don't feel like watching a show, there are plenty of other things to do, such as admiring the exhibitions, shopping at the boutiques and enjoying a behind-the-scenes tour.

For the beer and ale fans, early March holds the annual London Beer Week. Held at East London's Oval Space, visitors can taste an array of beers at the pop-up bars, grab some delicious food and then head off for a brewery and tap room tour, with a pint at each location!

Travellers interested in World War II should take the time to visit the Churchill War Rooms. This fascinating museum allows you to discover the original War Rooms and the bunker where Churchill and his government took shelter during the Blitz. Here you can explore the various rooms to uncover the ancient history deep underground and find out all about the stories of those who worked underground whilst London was being bombed. Ideal for children and adults alike, the Churchill War Rooms is the only major museum in the world dedicated to Sir Winston Churchill and the best way to see it is by joining one of the hour-long guided tours.

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