This report describes the typical weather at the Palma de Mallorca Airport (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) 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.
Palma de Mallorca has a cold semi-arid steppe climate. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (47%), croplands (30%), and shrublands (23%).
The month of March is characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 60°F to 64°F over the course of the month, exceeding 70°F or dropping below 54°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 1:18 hours, implying an average day-over-day increase of 2.5 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is March 1 with 11:20 hours of daylight; the longest day is March 31 with 12:38 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:45am on March 24; the latest sunset is at 8:13pm on March 31; the latest sunrise is at 7:44am on March 25; the earliest sunset is at 6:42pm 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 43% (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 45% of the time, partly cloudy 28% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 20% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 32%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout March, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, drizzle, light rain, and thunderstorms.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 49% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 16, when it is observed during 17% of all days.
Drizzle 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 7% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 14% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 19, when it is observed during 5% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 13% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around March 31, 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 97% (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 25, at which time the relative humidity drops below 64% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around March 9, rising above 95% (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 38°F (dry) to 53°F (very comfortable) and is rarely below 31°F (dry) or above 58°F (comfortable).
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 16 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 23 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around March 30, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 16 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 6 mph (light breeze) occurs around March 2, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 15 mph (moderate breeze).