Weather in Chicago, United States in March

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Visiting 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 Chicago. Sea temperatures are a cold 3°C (37°F). March is too cold for swimming in Chicago for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

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

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Can you sunbathe in Chicago in March?

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

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.

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Can you swim in Chicago in March?

No, March is too cold for swimming in Chicago 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 Chicago?

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

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 Chicago. Sea temperatures are a cold 3°C (37°F). March is too cold for swimming in Chicago for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

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Is Chicago warm in March?

No, Chicago is too cold for sunbathing in March.

The average maximum temperature in Chicago 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 Chicago 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 Chicago in March?

The average day light hours per day in Chicago 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.

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Temperature in Chicago in March

The average maximum temperature in Chicago 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 Chicago 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 Chicago 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 Chicago in March

During March the average day light hours are 11.9 per day in Chicago. 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 Chicago 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 Chicago in March

The average sea water temperature in Chicago 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 Chicago in March

The average total rainfall in Chicago 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 Chicago in March

The maximum dew point (an indicator of humidity) in Chicago 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 Chicago 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 Chicago 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 Chicago in March

The average maximum wind speed in Chicago 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 Chicago 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 Chicago in March is from the North.

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