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Visiting New Zealand in March

March is one of the best months to visit New Zealand for the best beach weather. It has the most sunshine and best sunbathing and swimming conditions of the year.

March has average maximum temperatures of 20°C (69°F) which is nice and warm and makes sunbathing pleasant on clear days. The sunshine percentage is 50% making it quite sunny but with regular periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 6.2 hours of sunshine per day. March has total rainfall of 3.2cm (1.3inches) making it mostly dry but with short lived occasional showers. There are only 10.1 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days. Sea temperatures are a chilly 18°C (64°F). March is a little too cold to enjoy swimming in New Zealand for prolonged periods of time.

Also consider visiting New Zealand in one of the other best months of January, February, December, for the best beach weather.

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Can you sunbathe in New Zealand in March?

Yes, March is a good time for sunbathing in New Zealand.

March has average maximum temperatures of 20°C (69°F) which is nice and warm and makes sunbathing pleasant on clear days. The sunshine percentage is 50% making it quite sunny but with regular periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 6.2 hours of sunshine per day. March has total rainfall of 3.2cm (1.3inches) making it mostly dry but with short lived occasional showers. There are only 10.1 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days.

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Can you swim in New Zealand in March?

Probably not, March is a little too cold to enjoy swimming in New Zealand for prolonged periods of time with the sea water at 18°C (64°F).

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Is March a good time to holiday in New Zealand?

Yes, March is a good time for a holiday in New Zealand.

March has average maximum temperatures of 20°C (69°F) which is nice and warm and makes sunbathing pleasant on clear days. The sunshine percentage is 50% making it quite sunny but with regular periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 6.2 hours of sunshine per day. March has total rainfall of 3.2cm (1.3inches) making it mostly dry but with short lived occasional showers. There are only 10.1 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days. Sea temperatures are a chilly 18°C (64°F). March is a little too cold to enjoy swimming in New Zealand for prolonged periods of time.

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Is New Zealand warm in March?

Yes, New Zealand is nice and warm and makes sunbathing pleasant on clear days in March.

The average maximum temperature in New Zealand in March is 20°C (69°F). The average maximum temperature is 22°C (72°) in the previous month and 18°C (64°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in New Zealand in March is 16°C (61°F). The average temperature is 18°C (64°F) in the previous month and 14°C (58°F) in the next month.

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How sunny is New Zealand in March?

The average day light hours per day in New Zealand in March are 12.3. The sunshine percentage is 50% making it quite sunny but with regular periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 6.2 hours of sunshine per day.

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Temperature in New Zealand in March

The average maximum temperature in New Zealand in March is 20°C (69°F). The average maximum temperature is 22°C (72°F) in the previous month and 18°C (64°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in New Zealand in March is 16°C (61°F). The average temperature is 18°C (64°F) in the previous month and 14°C (58°F) in the next month.

The average minimum temperature in New Zealand in March is 13°C (56°F). The minimum temperature is 15°C (58°F) in the previous month and 12°C (53°F) in the next month.

Sunshine in New Zealand in March

During March the average day light hours are 12.3 per day in New Zealand. The sunshine percentage is 50% making it quite sunny but with regular periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 6.2 hours of sunshine per day.

The ultraviolet index in New Zealand in March is typically 8.3 during March. An ultraviolet index reading of 8 to 10 indicates a very high risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Unprotected skin risks burning in less than 15 minutes. Take extra precautions because unprotected skin and eyes will be damaged and can burn quickly. Tanning will be safest before 10am and after 4pm but only with a good application of sun screen. For those with sensitive skin stay in the shade and wear protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses. Generously apply broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every 2 hours, even on cloudy days. Watch out for relections from water that may increase ultraviolet exposure.

Sea Temperature in New Zealand in March

The average sea water temperature in New Zealand in March is 18°C (64.4°F) which is cool for swimming, shorty wetsuit may help you extend your time in the water.

Rainfall in New Zealand in March

The average total rainfall in New Zealand in March is 3.2cm (1.3inches) and on average there are 10.1 rainy days in March making it a pretty wet time to visit the beach.

Humidity in New Zealand in March

The maximum dew point (an indicator of humidity) in New Zealand in March is 10°C (51°F) which is very comfortable. The dew point is 11°C (52°F) in the previous month and 10°C (10°F) in the next month.

The average maximum relative humidity in New Zealand in March is typically 59.1%. The maximum relative humidity is 58.3% in the previous month and 60.6% in the next month.

The average relative humidity in New Zealand in March is typically 48.2%. The average relative humidity is 47.5% in the previous month and 51.5% in the next month.

Wind Speed in New Zealand in March

The average maximum wind speed in New Zealand in March is typically 16KM/H (10MPH). The average maximum wind speed is 17KM/H (10MPH) in the previous month and 16KM/H (10MPH) in the next month.

The average wind speed in New Zealand in March is typically 9KM/H (6MPH). The average wind speed is 9KM/H (6MPH) in the previous month and 9KM/H (5MPH) in the next month.

The average wind direction in New Zealand in March is from the South-Southeast.

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