This report describes the typical weather at the Rinas Mother Teresa Airport (Tirana, Albania) weather station over the course of an average March. It is based on the historical records from 2003 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Tirana has a mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and mild winters. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by croplands (79%), oceans and seas (15%), and forests (4%).
The month of March is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 57°F to 65°F over the course of the month, exceeding 69°F or dropping below 50°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of March, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1:23 hours, implying an average day-over-day increase of 2.7 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is March 1 with 11:17 hours of daylight; the longest day is March 31 with 12:40 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 5:37am on March 24; the latest sunset is at 7:05pm on March 31; the latest sunrise is at 6:36am on March 25; the earliest sunset is at 5:32pm on March 1.
Daylight savings time (DST) starts at 3:00am on March 25, 2012, shifting sunrise and sunset to an hour later.
The median cloud cover is 78% (partly cloudy) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On March 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 9% of the time, partly cloudy 20% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 42% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 46%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout March, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, thunderstorms, and light rain.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 33% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 14, when it is observed during 16% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 32% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around March 22, when it is observed during 16% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 30% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 19, when it is observed during 14% 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 53% (mildly humid) to 99% (very humid) over the course of a typical March, rarely dropping below 28% (dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around March 13, at which time the relative humidity drops below 69% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around March 30, rising above 100% (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 35°F (dry) to 57°F (comfortable) and is rarely below 21°F (dry) or above 64°F (mildy humid).
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 14 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 20 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 6 mph (light breeze) occurs around March 3, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 14 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 5 mph (light breeze) occurs around March 26, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).