This report describes the typical weather at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (Destin, Florida, United States) weather station over the course of an average March. It is based on the historical records from 1998 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Destin, Florida has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (50%), croplands (38%), forests (8%), and grasslands (3%).
The month of March is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 65°F to 71°F over the course of the month, exceeding 76°F or dropping below 59°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of March, the length of the day is gradually increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 55 minutes, implying an average day-over-day increase of 1.8 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is March 1 with 11:34 hours of daylight; the longest day is March 31 with 12:29 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:01am on March 10; the latest sunset is at 7:04pm on March 31; the latest sunrise is at 7:00am on March 11; the earliest sunset is at 5:45pm on March 1.
Daylight saving time (DST) starts at 3:00am on March 11, 2012, shifting sunrise and sunset to an hour later.
The median cloud cover ranges from 12% (mostly clear) to 18% (mostly clear). The trend is for the sky to be clearing with the median cloud cover decreasing by 6% from the start to the end of the month.
On March 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 62% of the time, partly cloudy 3% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 33% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around March 1, occurring in 30% of days. Precipitation is least likely around March 30, occurring in 24% of days.
Throughout March, the most common forms of precipitation are light rain, thunderstorms, heavy rain, and moderate rain.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 36% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 1, when it is observed during 12% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 29% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around March 31, when it is observed during 9% of all days.
Heavy rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 19% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 1, when it is observed during 6% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 14% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 2, when it is observed during 5% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in March or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 54% (mildly humid) to 92% (very humid) over the course of a typical March, rarely dropping below 27% (dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around March 3, at which time the relative humidity drops below 69% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around March 24, rising above 89% (very humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical March, the dew point typically varies from 41°F (dry) to 61°F (comfortable) and is rarely below 24°F (dry) or above 69°F (muggy).
The time of the month between March 1 and March 31 is the most comfortable, with dew points that are neither too dry nor too muggy.
Over the course of March typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 13 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 19 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 8 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around March 2, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around March 23, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).