Weather in Lake Michigan, Chicago, United States in March

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Visiting Lake Michigan, Chicago, United States in March

March has average maximum temperatures of 9°C (48°F) which is too cold for sunbathing. The sunshine percentage is 51% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 6.1 hours of sunshine per day. March has total rainfall of 6.2cm (2.4inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 12.1 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days. It is not a good time for sunbathing in Lake Michigan. Sea temperatures are a cold 3°C (37°F). March is too cold for swimming in Lake Michigan for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

Consider visiting Lake Michigan in the months of June, July, August, September, for the best beach weather.

In March, the weather at the Lake Michigan beach in Chicago is still chilly, with a mix of snow and rain. The beach is not yet suitable for swimming, sunbathing, or water sports. However, as the snow begins to melt and the days grow longer, you may enjoy a walk along the shore or a picnic on a sunny day. Also consider one of our other suggestions for March.

Can you sunbathe in Lake Michigan in March?

No, March is not a good time for sunbathing in Lake Michigan.

March has average maximum temperatures of 9°C (48°F) which is too cold for sunbathing. The sunshine percentage is 51% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 6.1 hours of sunshine per day. March has total rainfall of 6.2cm (2.4inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 12.1 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days.

More about March temperature and sunshine.

Can you swim in Lake Michigan in March?

No, March is too cold for swimming in Lake Michigan for any length of time, with the sea water at 3°C (37°F), unless you have a wetsuit.

More about March sea temperatures.

Is March a good time to holiday in Lake Michigan?

No, March is not a good time for a holiday in Lake Michigan.

March has average maximum temperatures of 9°C (48°F) which is too cold for sunbathing. The sunshine percentage is 51% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 6.1 hours of sunshine per day. March has total rainfall of 6.2cm (2.4inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 12.1 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days. It is not a good time for sunbathing in Lake Michigan. Sea temperatures are a cold 3°C (37°F). March is too cold for swimming in Lake Michigan for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

More about the March temperatures and sunshine.

Is Lake Michigan warm in March?

No, Lake Michigan is too cold for sunbathing in March.

The average maximum temperature in Lake Michigan in March is 9°C (48°F). The average maximum temperature is 1°C (34°) in the previous month and 16°C (60°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Lake Michigan in March is 4°C (40°F). The average temperature is -3°C (27°F) in the previous month and 11°C (51°F) in the next month.

More info about the March temperatures and sunshine.

How sunny is Lake Michigan in March?

The average day light hours per day in Lake Michigan in March are 11.9. The sunshine percentage is 51% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 6.1 hours of sunshine per day.

More about March sunshine.

Crowds in Lake Michigan in March

As the weather starts to warm up slightly in March, you may see a few more people visiting the beach, but it is still not considered a busy time. There are no major public holidays or events in March that would cause an increase in beach crowds.

Temperature in Lake Michigan in March

The average maximum temperature in Lake Michigan in March is 9°C (48°F). The average maximum temperature is 1°C (34°F) in the previous month and 16°C (60°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Lake Michigan in March is 4°C (40°F). The average temperature is -3°C (27°F) in the previous month and 11°C (51°F) in the next month.

The average minimum temperature in Lake Michigan in March is 0°C (32°F). The minimum temperature is -6°C (21°F) in the previous month and 6°C (42°F) in the next month.

Sunshine in Lake Michigan in March

During March the average day light hours are 11.9 per day in Lake Michigan. The sunshine percentage is 51% making it quite sunny but with occasional periods of cloudy and overcast skies. There are 6.1 hours of sunshine per day.

The ultraviolet index in Lake Michigan in March is typically 4.6 during March. An ultraviolet index reading of 3 to 5 indicates there is a moderate risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Keep out of the sun during the strongest hours around midday when unprotected skin risks burning in less than 30 minutes. For the sensitive 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, and after swimming or sweating. Tanning for hours is possible with the right application of sun cream. Watch out for relections from water that may increase ultraviolet exposure.

Sea Temperature in Lake Michigan in March

The average sea water temperature in Lake Michigan in March is 3°C (37.4°F) which is extremely cold and not suitable for swimming. Taking a dip at this temperature would risk hypothermia.

Rainfall in Lake Michigan in March

The average total rainfall in Lake Michigan in March is 6.2cm (2.4inches) and on average there are 12.1 rainy days in March making it a pretty wet time to visit the beach.

Humidity in Lake Michigan in March

The maximum dew point (an indicator of humidity) in Lake Michigan in March is 2°C (35°F) which is a bit dry for some. The dew point is -4°C (24°F) in the previous month and 6°C (6°F) in the next month.

The average maximum relative humidity in Lake Michigan in March is typically 83%. The maximum relative humidity is 84% in the previous month and 79.4% in the next month.

The average relative humidity in Lake Michigan in March is typically 66.4%. The average relative humidity is 70.6% in the previous month and 59.9% in the next month.

Wind Speed in Lake Michigan in March

The average maximum wind speed in Lake Michigan in March is typically 30KM/H (19MPH). The average maximum wind speed is 29KM/H (18MPH) in the previous month and 33KM/H (20MPH) in the next month.

The average wind speed in Lake Michigan in March is typically 17KM/H (11MPH). The average wind speed is 16KM/H (10MPH) in the previous month and 18KM/H (11MPH) in the next month.

The average wind direction in Lake Michigan in March is from the North.

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