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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

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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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