Jerusalem Weather March Averages, Israel
What's the weather like in Jerusalem in March?
Spring arrives slowly in Jerusalem's Mediterranean climate. March warms slightly to an average daily temperature of 12°C (54°F). After a moderate winter, the Israeli capital has an average daily high in March of approximately 16°C (61°F) in the heat of the day, while the lows in the evening typically drop down to 7°C (45°F). Temperatures can swing unexpectedly in March, with recent records showing a high of 30°C (86°F) and a drop to a record low of -1°C (30°F).
Though winter is the rainy season for Jerusalem, March still has a slight chance of rain throughout the month. Jerusalem will typically have nine rainy days and a cumulative total of 50 mm of rain (about 2 inches) during this time. The skies will remain cloudy about 50 percent of the time.
As the chance of rain decreases and the cloud coverage lessens a bit, visitors to Jerusalem in March will receive more sunlight hours to explore the city. March days typically have 10 hours of sunshine, a big jump from the shorter days of winter.
Winds in Jerusalem blow at about 13 km/hour (8 miles/hour) during March. The cool wind is combined with moderate humidity at 65 percent. Because spring temperatures can be unpredictable, visitors will need to plan to bring a variety of clothing options.
In March, the Mediterranean Sea has cooled to its lowest point after a couple months of winter. With an average water temperature of 17°C (63°F) as measured at Tel Aviv, March and February are tied for the coldest months of the year for Mediterranean waters. The Dead Sea, on the other hand, warms more quickly, with a daily mean water temperature of 21°C (69°F) in March.
Hotels in Jerusalem in March
The Nahalat Shiv'a neighborhood is a popular destination for travelers to Jerusalem, with easy access to downtown and the Old City. In the middle of it all, Harmony Hotel blends traditional style with contemporary elegance. A smaller hotel, the 60 rooms are finished with modern decor and include the typical Atlas Hotels amenities like free WiFi and a free happy hour. Blending traditional Jerusalem styles with English charm, the sunny lounges offer sundecks overlooking the popular neighborhood, and the interiors offer activities like games and a billiards table.
The Villa Brown
A beautiful Mediterranean hotel, The Villa Brown represents contemporary luxury with opulence that reflects the city's colonial past. Located on Ha-Nevi'im Street, the 19th-century villa has been restored to host rooms with exposed stone, opulent jewel-colored decor, and modern amenities. Rooms start at small, classic rooms and range up to rooms with full terraces and suites. An extravagant rooftop spa, garden cafe and underground cave bar make for a unique experience at the Villa Brown.
Prima Park Hotel
Inspired by the relaxing boutique wineries in Israel, Prima Park Hotel is located just outside of central Jerusalem, providing a starting point for exploring both the city and its surrounding area. The 217 rooms all feature modern designs, earthy tones, and free WiFi. An Israeli breakfast hotel, a banquet hall, and a covered patio are just a few of the dining and event amenities available at Prima Park. And of course, there is a wine lounge bar serving local wines.
The Little House in Bakah
The Little House in Bakah Hotel is a smaller, boutique hotel in southwest Jerusalem, near Dani'el Yanovski Street. The hotel has 33 rooms total, ranging from smaller single rooms to larger family rooms. Housed in a 1930s building, the Mediterranean hotel features a beautiful back garden and seating area for guests to relax in after a long day of traveling. Breakfast, WiFi, and a 24/7 reception are all available for guests.
Bars and Restaurants
Angelica Fine Grill
Jerusalem may be known for its historical and religious significance, but an artisan food scene is bringing the city's culinary reputation to the forefront as well. Angelica Fine Grill is one such restaurant, located just one block from the famous King David Hotel. Their menu includes beautiful dishes like the salmon sous vide, served with sweet corn cream, carrots, bok choi and salmon caviar. The kosher restaurant serves a variety of Mediterranean dishes as well as a few internationally-inspired offerings like the Persian ravioli or the hamburger.
Located on the edge of The Independence Park in the City Center, Chakra offers a seasonal menu with quality ingredients and highly-trained staff to serve it. The classy interior features minimalist black and white decor, while keeping the focus on the food. Popular starters include the beef carpaccio and the black tiger shrimp. An extensive wine list pairs with dishes like the soy and caramel salmon fillet, or the charcoal oven sea bass.
The Culinary Workshop
Despite its name, The Culinary Workshop isn't focused on teaching its patrons about cooking. Rather, this upscale Mediterranean restaurant serves delightful dishes that may just teach your tastebuds a thing or two. The beautifully designed space provides a comfortable atmosphere as diners dig into favorite dishes like the seafood plate, the steak, or the homemade sausages. A well-stocked bar and creative cocktails are another draw for travelers at the end of a long day.
Travelers looking for a break from Mediterranean fare (or perhaps a taste of home) will enjoy a visit to Mian Noodles. Located just west of the Old City, Mian claims to be the only ramen restaurant in Jerusalem. Serving various ramen soups as well as rice-based dishes, Mian is a popular and authentic Asian Fusion restaurant.
Things to do in Jerusalem in March
Though many of the religious holidays and sites in Jerusalem are more somber affairs, Purim arrives with more fanfare, fun and even drinking. This Jewish holiday typically occurs in late March though activities celebrating it will occur throughout the month. Purim celebrates the Biblical story of Esther saving the Jewish people, with public readings of the story, performances, live music, masquerades and alcohol. Area museums typically get involved as well with special exhibits about Queen Esther.
A non-religious event may be harder to find here, but the annual Jerusalem Marathon offers active travelers an excuse to visit this beautiful capital city. More than 30,000 people participate in one of the many race options available, ranging from a full marathon down to a 5k race and even a 800m community race. Combining running with gorgeous landscapes and cultural and historical sites, the race is a unique experience for both residents and international visitors.
The Dome of the Rock
Travelers interested in Jerusalem's Islamic history and significance will enjoy a visit to The Dome of the Rock (Qubbat al-Sakhra). The first domed shrine to be built, this 7th-century destination is said to house the rock from which the prophet Muhammad ascended into heaven. The location also has Christian and Jewish significance as it is believed to be the site where Abraham offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice. Beautiful Persian tiles and a golden dome adorn the exterior while elaborate mosaics line the interior; however, only Muslims are allowed to go inside of the dome.
Visit Jaffa Road
One of the longest and oldest streets in Jerusalem, Jaffa Road runs east-to-west from the Old City, through downtown, to the outer parts of Jerusalem. Major sites along the road include Davidka Square, Zion Square and the city hall. No vehicles are allowed down the pedestrian street except for the Jerusalem Light Rail. The Ben Yehuda Street mall and the Mahane Yehuda Market are other popular attractions along this historic street.