This report describes the typical weather at the Tours Val de Loire Airport (Tours, France) weather station over the course of an average March. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Tours has a mild humid temperate climate with warm summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by croplands (98%).
The month of March is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 50°F to 56°F over the course of the month, exceeding 65°F or dropping below 41°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of March, the length of the day is rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1:43 hours, implying an average day-over-day increase of 3.3 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is March 1 with 11:06 hours of daylight; the longest day is March 31 with 12:49 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:51am on March 24; the latest sunset is at 8:26pm on March 31; the latest sunrise is at 7:49am on March 25; the earliest sunset is at 6:43pm 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 ranges from 69% (partly cloudy) to 80% (mostly cloudy). The trend is for the sky to be clearing with the median cloud cover decreasing by 11% from the start to the end of the month.
On March 31, the clearest day of the month, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 50% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 39% of the time.
On March 1, the cloudiest day of the month, the sky is overcast, mostly cloudy, or partly cloudy 65% of the time, and clear or mostly clear 27% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 50%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout March, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain and light rain.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 65% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 31, when it is observed during 33% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 17% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 3, when it is observed during 9% of all days.
The likelihood of snow falling is highest around March 5, occurring in 6% of days.
Accumulation at this location in March is extremely unlikely. The chances of there being snow on the ground are highest around March 1, occurring 5% of the time.
The snow is typically at its deepest on March 5, with a median depth of 1.5"; the depth exceeds 4.2" only one year out of ten.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 55% (mildly humid) to 98% (very humid) over the course of a typical March, rarely dropping below 37% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around March 31, at which time the relative humidity drops below 65% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around March 1, rising above 99% (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 33°F (dry) to 45°F (dry) and is rarely below 23°F (dry) or above 52°F (very comfortable).
Over the course of March typical wind speeds vary from 4 mph to 16 mph (light breeze to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 23 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 10 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around March 29, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 16 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 9 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around March 1, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 14 mph (moderate breeze).