Averages for New York in March
What's the Weather Like in New York in March?
The weather continues to gradually warm up in New York, USA in March. During this month, the average temperature for the city begins at 2.5°C, created by highs of 6°C during the daytime and lows of -1°C after dark, at the start of the month and rises up to 7°...
What's the Weather Like in New York in March?
The weather continues to gradually warm up in New York, USA in March. During this month, the average temperature for the city begins at 2.5°C, created by highs of 6°C during the daytime and lows of -1°C after dark, at the start of the month and rises up to 7°C, created by highs of 11°C during the daytime and lows of 3°C after sunset, by the end of the month, making the final week in March the best time to go if you want to holiday in New York when the city is at its warmest.
Although it only occurs on an average of once every ten days, temperatures have been known to rise above 18°C and fall below -7°C in New York in March. The hottest temperature which has ever been registered in the city at this time of year is 29°C, whilst the coldest temperature which has ever been recorded in the city during this month is -11°C.
Since temperatures are extremely low in New York in March, this month is best reserved for travellers who don't mind the biting cold. If you plan on visiting the city at this time of year, make sure you take plenty of warm clothes, such as coats, gloves, hats, scarves, jeans and jumpers with you to ensure you stay comfortable when going outside. On the other hand, if you hate the cold and want to visit New York when it's at its warmest, forget about going in March and plan your trip for July, which tends to be the warmest month of the year for the city.
Across the month, New York receives an average of 99mm/4 inches of rainfall divided between 12 rainy days and five snowy days – that's almost double the precipitation received in February. With precipitation occurring on nearly 2/3 of the month, you're almost guaranteed to experience some wet weather during your holiday in March, so be prepared. The likelihood of precipitation occurring in the city during this month stays fairly constant – starting off at 47% on March 1st and rising up to 48% by March 31st. The probability of snow falling starts off at 22% on March 1st and drops down to 11% by March 31st, making the first week of the month the best time to go if you want to catch the snow.
The most common forms of precipitation you can expect to experience in New York in March are light rain (which occurs on 33% of days with rainfall), light snow (22%) and moderate rain (22%).
Average Sunshine Hours
Over the course of an average March, New York enjoys seven hours of sunshine every day – that's one hour more each day than the previous month – along with median cloud coverage ranging between 74% at the beginning of the month and 81% by the end. On an average day, the sky is clear/mostly clear 33% of the time, partly cloudy 10% and mostly cloudy/overcast 52%.
The relative humidity for the city in March falls between 44% (comfortable) and 84% (humid), rarely dropping below 23% (dry) or reaching as high as 100% (very humid). The air tends to be at its driest around March 17th, when the relative humidity drops below 56% (mildly humid) three days out of four, whilst the air is usually at its most humid around March 29th, when the relative humidity rises above 75% (humid) three days out of four.
New York tends to be quite a windy city throughout the year and March is no exception. During this month, typical wind speeds range between 0 m/s (calm) and 8 m/s (moderate breeze), rarely going above 11m/s (strong breeze). The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around March 3rd, when the average daily maximum is 8 m/s, whilst the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s occurs around March 24th, when the average daily maximum is 7 m/s (moderate breeze).
New York Hotels in March
When it comes to centrally-located accommodation in New York, the Marcel at Gramercy is a great pick. Situated far enough away from midtown Manhattan to be quiet, but within easy walking distance of Soho, East Village and Fifth Avenue where you'll find a wealth of shops, bars and restaurants, this hotel is perfect for travellers who want the best of both worlds.
Accommodation is provided in the form of 136 guest rooms with custom-made beds, high-speed WiFi access and private bathroom with designer toiletries. The hotel features gallery-inspired interiors with retro décor, as well as night club with entertainment provided by a resident DJ, restaurant, bar and paid public parking is available nearby.
For an exclusive boutique hotel in New York, try Amsterdam Court. Situated within the heart of Times Square with easy access to various attractions, such as the Rockerfeller Centre and Central Park, as well as a wealth of nightlife options and shopping malls, this hotel exudes European charm and has been decorated in an Art Nouveau style. There are 136 guest rooms to choose from, each of which features WiFi access and marble bathroom with complimentary luxury toiletries. Within the hotel's grounds you'll find complimentary tea and coffee available 24/7, Natsumi restaurant which serves Italian-Japanese fusion cuisine and discounted parking available across the street.
If you want to stay in a hotel that has it all, take a look at the Affinia in Manhattan. Situated in midtown Manhattan in the crossroads of some of the city's iconic neighbourhood districts where you'll be surrounded by bars, restaurants, theatres and shops, this hotel is inspired by Broadway and features Niles New York City Restaurant and Bar which serves contemporary Asian cuisine, continental room service, Freshdirect grocery service, mini market and 24-hour gym.
Guests also receive a complimentary Citi bike pass valid for one day. Accommodation is provided in the form of 140 studios, 144 one-bedroom apartments, eight two-bedroom apartments and 17 terraces, each of which features modern décor, high-speed WiFi access, flat screen HDTV with web browser and eco-friendly bath amenities.
For a more affordable accommodation, take a look at Astor on the Park. Situated only a short walk away from Central Park, coffee shops, brunch restaurants and burger joints, this seven-storey hotel provides accommodation in the form of 112 guestrooms, each of which comes with the essentials, including TV, telephone and marble bathroom with hairdryer.
Bars and Restaurants
Ristorante Rafele is one of the top-rated Italian restaurants in New York, situated in West Village and open from midday to 11pm Monday to Saturday, and midday to 10pm on Sundays. The restaurant is run by two Italians who aim to bring the finest cuisine of Naples straight to your table. Lunch, dinner, brunch, vegan and gluten-free menus are all available and some of the signature dishes include handmade pizzas and pastas, seafood appetisers, grilled meats and fish stews. There is also a three-course tasting menu available Sunday to Thursday filled with a selection of the chef's favourite dishes.
If you're looking for classic swanky bar surroundings, look no further than Bemelmans Bar. This bar features an Art Deco design, with chocolate-brown leather sofas, a black granite bar, gold leaf-coated ceiling and black glass tabletops, making it ideal for a romantic pre- or post-dinner drink. The bar menu features an international selection of wine, sparkling wine, champagne, beer, cocktails, spirits and a handful of weekly featured drinks. In addition to the nightly Jazz trio which plays from 9.30pm onward, regular entertainment events also take place at Bemelmans Bar and include solo singers, bands and musicians – many of which are world-famous.
Seafood lovers won't want to pass up on the chance to dine at Le Bernardin. This four-star award-winning seafood restaurant serves up only the very finest fresh fish and seafood in its tastefully-appointed dining room. Lunch and dinner a la carte menus are available, as well as an eight-course chef's tasting menu and seven-course signature tasting menu – both of which come with wine pairings for an extra charge. There is also a dessert menu with fresh and cooked fruits, chocolate cake, ice creams and sorbets, plus a wine menu with 900 different varieties from 12 countries.
Things to do in New York in March
The Ground Zero Museum Workshop is known as 'the biggest little museum in the world' and is open seven days a week. The workshop lasts for around two hours and includes a guided tour of the museum during which you'll find out everything about the events of 9/11. On the tour you'll see a collection of photographs from and related to the attacks, stories from survivors and workers who helped save people's lives and items recovered from the rubble after the attacks.
At the end of the tour, you'll be given 15 minutes in which to browse the posters and books in the gift shop as well as ask any questions. To go on the tour, you need to book a ticket in advance through the website.
The Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts is one of the best places in Manhattan to catch a show. This venue hosts all kinds of cultural performances, from ballets and orchestral performances to solo singers and theatrical acts. Thanks to its small size, the performances hosts here seem more intimate compared to many other venues in New York and allow you to enjoy the show without struggling to see or hear anything.
A trip to New York isn't complete without visiting Broadway. This part of the city is home to a massive selection of entertainment venues, including theatres and opera houses where you can watch a huge assortment of shows – all of which are performed live. Some of the most popular shows of all time performed along Broadway include the Lion King, Wicked, the Book of Mormon, the Phantom of the Opera, the Jersey Boys, Aladdin and Les Miserables – many of which are suitable for the whole family to enjoy.
Most venues give you the option of buying a show-only ticket or making a complete night out of it and buying a show ticket+dinner package.
March events in New York
St. Patrick's Day Parade
17th March 2019
The New York St. Patrick's Day parade is actually the oldest in the world. Festivities include lots of performances, green foods and drinks. The Empire State Building is even lit up green for the evening. Expect large crowds whilst watching the parade, especially around Fifth Avenue, but it generally gets quieter the further uptown you go. The Parade is always held on March 17th, unless that falls on a Sunday, then it's held on the Saturday prior.
19th March 2019 to 8th April 2019
March Madness is an annual basketball tournament. The tournaments begins with 68 college basketball teams, and they then compete in seven rounds of basketball for the national championships, until there is the final round with the 'final four', when only four teams are left. The first game is usually shown at Madison Square Gardens, so be sure not to miss it!
Mac's Flower Show
25th March 2019 to 8th April 2019
Macy’s Herald Square is one of the best department stores in the city. To welcome spring, Macy's fills it's department store with stunning flower arrangements to fit a specific theme. The sweet smell fills the store and the flower show attracts tourists from all over the world.