Averages for Sicily in March

Weather lowdown

The weather in Sicily, a Mediterranean island in Italy that is home to fascinating cities such as Palermo and Catania, is quite comfortable all-year round. It enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with mild and short winters and hot, dry and long summers. March indicates the end of winter and sees temperatures warm up once again.

During your stay, you can expect temperatures to reach up to 13°C at the warmest part of the day, dr...

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Averages for Sicily in March

  Temperature 10°C

50°F

Low Temperature 6°C

43°F

  High Temperature 13°C

56°F

  Sunshine Hours 9 hrs
  Rainfall 34mm
  Rainfall days 18.6 days
  Sea Temperature 15°C

59°F

Averages for Sicily in March

Weather lowdown

The weather in Sicily, a Mediterranean island in Italy that is home to fascinating cities such as Palermo and Catania, is quite comfortable all-year round. It enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate with mild and short winters and hot, dry and long summers. March indicates the end of winter and sees temperatures warm up once again.

During your stay, you can expect temperatures to reach up to 13°C at the warmest part of the day, dropping to a chilly average low of 6°C at night. Especially if there is a sea breeze in the air, the evenings can be quite cool, so make sure bring to warm evening clothing with you. Both these average high and low temperatures tend to increase in the course of March, by about two degrees each. The overall average temperature is 10°C, the first time it’s been in the two digits since December. Although the air temperature may have begun to increase, the temperature of the Mediterranean Sea remains at its annual minimum in March—as it also was in February.

Cloud cover also stays pretty much constant throughout March. It average 47%, which means that March is one of the cloudiest months of the year. Take needs to be taken with a grain of salt, though, for the sky is (mostly) clear 39% of the time in March. It’s overcast only 24% of the time.

The length of the days continues to increase in the course of the month. March 1 is the shortest day; March 31 the longest. The overall increase is 1.12 hours, which implies that each day in March is 2.3 longer than the day before.

Those two factors play in big role in the increase of sunshine hours that is observed in March compared with the previous month. Now, there are 9 hours of sunshine per day on average. This is a one-hour increase since February. April will be even sunnier with 10 glorious hours of sunshine per day.

Although March receives a total of 34mm of rainfall, it can’t be described as particularly wet. It simply rains enough to keep everything green, but not too much to spoil any vacation. March is the sixth driest month in the year. There is a 35% possibility of experiencing rainfall on any given day in March. This percentage is the monthly average; it ranges between 36% in the beginning of the month and 33% at the end. Moderate rain is the most common type of rainfall, occurring on 53% of all rainy days. Light rain, thunderstorms and drizzle may happen as well, respectively on 17%, 12% and 11% of the days with rainfall.

Click here for an up-to-date 14-day weather forecast for Sicily, which might come in handy if you’re planning to visit the island in the near future.

International Marionette Museum Sicily

International Marionette Museum, Sicily.

Where to stay

Located in a rustic farm setting, La Terra dei Sogni Hotel is a great place for couples and families looking to enjoy a holiday in Sicily. Breakfast is included in the price of the room, as is the mini bar, Wi-Fi, tickets to the funfair and parking.

Located amid the mystical valley of the temples, Hotel Villa Athena is a beautiful romantic retreat that captures some of the timeless beauty from the temples surrounding the hotel. This beautiful hotel is actually set within the UNESCO world heritage site, so stunning scenery is guaranteed.

Hotel Villa Athena, Sicily

Hotel Villa Athena, Sicily.

Dates for the diary

Carnevale celebrations begin in February and continue on into March. During this time, the streets are brought to life with dancing, singing, parades, food and theatre. The celebrations attract more than 200,000 visitors each year and must be experienced to be fully appreciated. 

In addition to Carnevale, Easter is also celebrated throughout the whole of Sicily in March, when processions and parades are organised in many towns and cities. These are fantastic to watch and are suitable for the whole family to enjoy.

Things to do

Duomo di Monreale in Monreale is a beautiful place to visit. This cathedral can be reached on the hop-on hop-off bus in Palermo and is a must for any art and history enthusiasts. After admiring the architecture, the spectacular mosaics—the highlight of this cathedral—and the views, you can stop off for a bite to eat at one of the many nearby cafés or pick up a souvenir from one of the street stalls.

Also in Palermo, the International Marionette Museum is an impressive museum that houses the world’s largest collection of marionettes, shadow theatre dolls and numerous other types of dolls and puppets. This is a fun and very child-friendly museum.

Sicily is home to the world’s only Mafia Museum. As the birthplace of the Mafia, this museum explains the history of this dark organisation and brings people face to face with true Mafia relics and the way these historic criminals shaped history.

Where to eat & drink

If you’re looking for the best cannoli is Sicily, visit the Laboratorio Pasticceria Roberto. This small bakery offers a huge selection of freshly prepared pastries, cakes and biscuits for really low prices.

Wiener Haus is one of Italy’s most highly rated German restaurants and perhaps the only place where you can taste authentic German and Austrian dishes in Sicily. Not your typical tourist trap, Wiener Haus serves a wide range of dishes from central Europe and caters equally to tourists and locals who wish to sample German cuisine in a Mediterranean environment.

Mediterranean sushi doesn’t much better than Chan Sushi Bar’s super fresh sushi. This welcoming, unpretentious sushi place serves fresh sushi dishes prepared from locally caught fish. The dishes are quite unlike any other sushi you might have tasted as they infuse Japanese tradition with Mediterranean influences.

The Paradise Beach Club is a luxurious beach bar found at gorgeous Letojanni Beach in Taormina. There, you will have access to one of Sicily’s greatest and most-visited beaches. This is a fancy bar where you can relax at tables by the sea and listen to jazz music playing in the background.

March events in Sicily

Religion

Palm Sunday U Signuruzzu a Cavaddu

13th March 2016

Palm Sunday is always celebrated the Sunday before Easter. Many churches ring their bells at 9:00 am on this day to begin a three-hour religious celebration.

Website:

http://www.world-guides.com/europe/italy/sicily/sicily_events.html

Feast of Saint Joseph

19th March 2016

Villages across Sicily, including Adrano, Nicolosi and Randazzo, commemorate this day and satisfy their sweet tooth with the eating of traditional cakes made with rice and honey.

Website:

http://www.lifeinitaly.com/heritage/st-joseph-day.asp

Easter Celebrations

20th March 2016 to 27th March 2016

Easter week "Holy Week" is one of the most sacred times in Italy. Traffic grinds to a halt as the city stages some 39 religious processions during Easter Week. Each of these processions has its own distinct local character.

Dance of the Devils

20th March 2016 to 31st March 2016

Villagers wear petrifying masks and pretend to be devils as they dance through the streets of Prizzi in order to collect the souls of the surrounding dwellers. These events are held during “Holy Week” which is always the week leading into Easter.

Website:

http://www.carnifest.com/events/italy/prizzi/1046/dance-of-the-devils-in-prizzi-sicily-2015.aspx

Easter Monday

28th March 2016

Easter Monday is a time to gather with friends and have fun. Some cities hold dances, free concerts, or unusual games often involving eggs.

Website:

http://goitaly.about.com/od/festivalsandevents/a/easter.htm

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