This report describes the typical weather at the Newcastle Airport (Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom) weather station over the course of an average March. It is based on the historical records from 1988 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Newcastle upon Tyne 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 (47%), oceans and seas (25%), grasslands (21%), and built-up areas (7%).
The month of March is characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 46°F to 50°F over the course of the month, exceeding 58°F or dropping below 39°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of March, the length of the day is very rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 2:16 hours, implying an average day-over-day increase of 4.4 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is March 1 with 10:47 hours of daylight; the longest day is March 31 with 13:03 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 5:58am on March 24; the latest sunset is at 7:43pm on March 31; the latest sunrise is at 6:56am on March 25; the earliest sunset is at 5:43pm on March 1.
Daylight savings time (DST) starts at 2:00am on March 25, 2012, shifting sunrise and sunset to an hour later.
The median cloud cover is 60% (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 18% of the time, partly cloudy 20% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 27% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around March 5, occurring in 73% of days. Precipitation is least likely around March 31, occurring in 69% of days.
Throughout March, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, light rain, moderate snow, and light snow.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 40% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 31, when it is observed during 29% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 32% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 30, when it is observed during 24% of all days.
Moderate snow is the most severe precipitation observed during 12% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 1, when it is observed during 10% of all days.
Light snow is the most severe precipitation observed during 11% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 1, when it is observed during 10% of all days.
The likelihood of snow falling is highest around March 1, occurring in 21% of days.
Either snow rarely accumulates at this location in March or snow depth measurements are unavailable or unreliable.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 62% (mildly humid) to 93% (very humid) over the course of a typical March, rarely dropping below 46% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around March 31, at which time the relative humidity drops below 70% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around March 30, rising above 88% (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 31°F (dry) to 42°F (dry) and is rarely below 23°F (dry) or above 48°F (dry).
Over the course of March typical wind speeds vary from 1 mph to 19 mph (light air to fresh breeze), rarely exceeding 30 mph (strong breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 11 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around March 2, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 19 mph (fresh breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 10 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around March 31, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 16 mph (moderate breeze).