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Average Weather in March in Auckland New Zealand

In Auckland, the month of March is characterized by gradually falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing by 3°F, from 73°F to 69°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 77°F or dropping below 65°F.

Daily low temperatures decrease by 4°F, from 61°F to 58°F, rarely falling below 52°F or exceeding 66°F.

For reference, on February 6, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Auckland typically range from 63°F to 74°F, while on July 15, the coldest day of the year, they range from 47°F to 57°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in March

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on March. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature in March

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The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < chilly < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Clouds

The month of March in Auckland experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 31% throughout the month. The lowest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 29% on March 18.

The clearest day of the month is March 18, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 71% of the time.

For reference, on June 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 44%, while on March 18, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 71%.

Cloud Cover in March

The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Auckland, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is essentially constant, remaining around 19% throughout.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 37% on July 18, and its lowest chance is 17% on January 28.

Probability of Precipitation in March

The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the month and not just the monthly total, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.

The average sliding 31-day rainfall during March in Auckland is essentially constant, remaining about 2.4 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 4.9 inches or falling below 0.4 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall in March

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

Over the course of March in Auckland, the length of the day is rapidly decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 1 hour, 11 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 2 minutes, 22 seconds, and weekly decrease of 16 minutes, 34 seconds.

The shortest day of the month is March 31, with 11 hours, 43 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 1, with 12 hours, 54 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March

The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise of the month in Auckland is 7:05 AM on March 1 and the latest sunrise is 27 minutes later at 7:33 AM on March 31.

The latest sunset is 8:00 PM on March 1 and the earliest sunset is 44 minutes earlier at 7:16 PM on March 31.

Daylight saving time is observed in Auckland during 2017, but it neither starts nor ends during March, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.

For reference, on December 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:58 AM and sets 14 hours, 42 minutes later, at 8:39 PM, while on June 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:33 AM and sets 9 hours, 38 minutes later, at 5:11 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in March

The solar day over the course of March. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The chance that a given day will be muggy in Auckland is decreasing during March, falling from 10% to 3% over the course of the month.

For reference, on February 2, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 14% of the time, while on June 27, the leasy muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in March

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The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Auckland is essentially constant during March, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 6.9 miles per hour throughout.

For reference, on October 3, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.5 miles per hour, while on February 8, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.7 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in March

The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.
The wind direction in Auckland during March is predominantly out of the calm from March 1 to March 6 and from March 19 to March 30 and the calm from March 6 to March 19 and from March 30 to March 31

Wind Direction in March

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The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

Auckland is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.

The average surface water temperature in Auckland is gradually decreasing during March, falling by 2°F, from 69°F to 67°F, over the course of the month.

Average Water Temperature in March

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Auckland is decreasing during March, falling by 1.4 kWh, from 6.0 kWh to 4.6 kWh, over the course of the month.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in March

The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Auckland are -36.867 deg latitude, 174.767 deg longitude, and 141 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Auckland contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 607 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 182 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (860 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,989 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Auckland is covered by artificial surfaces (82%), within 10 miles by water (36%) and grassland (26%), and within 50 miles by water (66%) and trees (17%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Auckland year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There is only a single weather station, Auckland International Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Auckland.

At a distance of 16 kilometers from Auckland, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.

The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Auckland according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.