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March in New York City Weather and Event Guide

Even rain won't ruin St. Patrick's Day in New York City


St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Heather Cross Revelers march in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade along Fifth Ave in Manhattan on March 17, 2014 in New York City.
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March might not offer New York City's best weather, but this year, visitors who come to New York City in March can often enjoy the tail end of Winter Restaurant Week and the St. Patrick's Day Parade. As long as you don't think about St. Patrick's Day, March is a fairly quiet time of year in New York City. Some families do visit during their March Break, though this is not a common vacation in the greater New York area (aside from universities), so the place isn't overrun with visitors.

March Weather:

  • Average High: 50°F (10°C)
  • Average Low: 35°F (2°C)
  • March tends to be rainy, but for the most part, temperatures stay above freezing
  • there is an average of over 4 inches of precipitation in March

What to Wear:

  • pack an umbrella -- you'll be happy to have it when it starts to rain.
  • a waterproof jacket or trench coat is recommended -- while umbrellas are helpful, nothing compares with a good raincoat
  • pack sweaters and long pants to wear -- it can be cool, particularly at night and when it's wet, it feels even colder
  • closed toe shoes, comfortable for walking and water-resistant if possible

March Perks:

  • cooler weather continues to make bargain accommodations and flights to New York City available
  • March is typically less crowded than April and May
  • St Patrick's Day is celebrated enthusiastically by New Yorkers of every persuasion, with Irish pubs being quite crowded on March 17
  • less likely to have travel troubles due to snow than in January and February
  • the Easter Parade is a great chance to have an "only in New York" experience

March Cons:

  • rainy, chilly weather

Good to Know:

  • Many American universities have a week of vacation in March called "Spring Break" -- while many students head to the beach, college students often visit New York City if they live nearby.
  • Easter Weekend can mean closings on the Friday before Easter, as well as on Easter Sunday. However, Easter Monday, which is often a holiday in Europe, is not commonly observed and will have little impact on stores, restaurants and New York City institutions.

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