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March Weather in Panama City Beach United States

Daily high temperatures increase by 5°F, from 68°F to 73°F, rarely falling below 60°F or exceeding 79°F.

Daily low temperatures increase by 5°F, from 53°F to 58°F, rarely falling below 42°F or exceeding 67°F.

For reference, on July 22, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Panama City Beach typically range from 77°F to 89°F, while on January 26, the coldest day of the year, they range from 47°F to 63°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in March in Panama City Beach

Average High and Low Temperature in March in Panama City BeachMar112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030313135°F35°F40°F40°F45°F45°F50°F50°F55°F55°F60°F60°F65°F65°F70°F70°F75°F75°F80°F80°F85°F85°FFebAprMar 168°FMar 168°F53°F53°FMar 3173°FMar 3173°F58°F58°FMar 1170°FMar 1170°F54°F54°FMar 2172°FMar 2172°F56°F56°FNowNow
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 in Panama City Beach

Average Hourly Temperature in March in Panama City BeachMar112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030313112 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMFebAprNowNowcoldcoldcoolcomfortablewarm
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

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The month of March in Panama City Beach experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 44% to 39%.

The clearest day of the month is March 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 61% of the time.

For reference, on July 28, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 61%, while on October 26, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 66%.

Cloud Cover Categories in March in Panama City Beach

Cloud Cover Categories in March in Panama City BeachMar11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%FebAprMar 156%Mar 156%Mar 3161%Mar 3161%Mar 1158%Mar 1158%Mar 2159%Mar 2159%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Panama City Beach, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is essentially constant, remaining around 29% throughout.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 62% on July 29, and its lowest chance is 20% on October 29.

Probability of Precipitation in March in Panama City Beach

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 Panama City Beach is decreasing, starting the month at 5.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 8.9 inches or falls below 2.0 inches, and ending the month at 4.5 inches, when it rarely exceeds 9.4 inches or falls below 1.3 inches.

The highest average 31-day accumulation is 5.0 inches on March 1.

Average Monthly Rainfall in March in Panama City Beach

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 snowfall.

Over the course of March in Panama City Beach, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 55 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 50 seconds, and weekly increase of 12 minutes, 47 seconds.

The shortest day of the month is March 1, with 11 hours, 34 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 31, with 12 hours, 29 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March in Panama City Beach

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March in Panama City BeachMar11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hrFebAprMar 1912 hr, 7 minMar 1912 hr, 7 minnightnightdaydayMar 111 hr, 34 minMar 111 hr, 34 minNowNow
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 Panama City Beach is 5:59 AM on March 9 and the latest sunrise is 59 minutes later at 6:58 AM on March 10.

The earliest sunset is 5:42 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 19 minutes later at 7:01 PM on March 31.

Daylight saving time (DST) ends at 3:00 AM on March 10, 2024, shifting sunrise and sunset to be an hour earlier.

For reference, on June 20, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:42 AM and sets 14 hours, 6 minutes later, at 7:47 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:35 AM and sets 10 hours, 12 minutes later, at 4:47 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in March in Panama City Beach

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in March in Panama City BeachMar112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030313112 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMFebApr5:59 AM5:59 AMMar 95:48 PMMar 95:48 PM6:33 AM6:33 AMMar 317:01 PMMar 317:01 PM6:45 AM6:45 AMMar 216:55 PMMar 216:55 PMMar 10DSTMar 10DSTSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
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. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in March in Panama City Beach

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in March in Panama City BeachMar112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030313112 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMFebApr001010202020303040405050600001010202030303040405060NowNow
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Solar elevation and azimuth over the course of March 2024. The black lines are lines of constant solar elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon, in degrees). The background color fills indicate the azimuth (the compass bearing) of the sun. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries of the cardinal compass points indicate the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for March 2024. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases. The label associated with each bar indicates the date and time that the phase is obtained, and the companion time labels indicate the rise and set times of the Moon for the nearest time interval in which the moon is above the horizon.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in March in Panama City Beach

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in March in Panama City BeachMar112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030313112 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMFebAprFeb 95:00 PMFeb 95:00 PMFeb 246:31 AMFeb 246:31 AMMar 104:01 AMMar 104:01 AMMar 252:01 AMMar 252:01 AMApr 81:22 PMApr 81:22 PMApr 236:50 PMApr 236:50 PM6:29 AM6:29 AM5:18 PM5:18 PM5:01 PM5:01 PM6:31 AM6:31 AM7:15 AM7:15 AM7:26 PM7:26 PM6:37 PM6:37 PM6:52 AM6:52 AM6:15 AM6:15 AM7:19 PM7:19 PM7:14 PM7:14 PM6:18 AM6:18 AM
The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.
Mar 2024IlluminationMoonriseMoonsetMoonriseMeridian PassingDistance
1
72%-9:14 AMWSW11:26 PMESE3:50 AMS246,933 mi
2
62%-9:51 AMWSW-4:38 AMS244,107 mi
3
50%12:27 AMESE10:35 AMWSW-5:31 AMS240,741 mi
4
41%1:30 AMESE11:28 AMWSW-6:29 AMS236,969 mi
5
30%2:31 AMESE12:29 PMWSW-7:30 AMS233,014 mi
6
20%3:27 AMESE1:38 PMWSW-8:33 AMS229,181 mi
7
11%4:17 AMESE2:50 PMWSW-9:34 AMS225,834 mi
8
4%5:01 AMESE4:03 PMWSW-10:32 AMS223,330 mi
9
1%5:40 AMESE5:15 PMW-11:27 AMS221,964 mi
10
0%7:15 AME7:26 PMW-4:00 AMENE221,767 mi
11
3%7:48 AME8:35 PMW-2:10 PMS223,147 mi
12
9%8:22 AME9:44 PMWNW-3:00 PMS225,552 mi
13
17%8:58 AMENE10:53 PMWNW-3:52 PMS228,839 mi
14
27%9:37 AMENE--4:46 PMS232,663 mi
15
37%-12:02 AMWNW10:20 AMENE5:42 PMS236,666 mi
16
50%-1:08 AMWNW11:10 AMENE6:38 PMS240,531 mi
17
59%-2:09 AMWNW12:04 PMENE7:34 PMS244,011 mi
18
69%-3:03 AMWNW1:01 PMENE8:28 PMS246,941 mi
19
78%-3:50 AMWNW2:00 PMENE9:18 PMS249,242 mi
20
85%-4:30 AMWNW2:59 PMENE10:05 PMS250,895 mi
21
91%-5:04 AMWNW3:56 PMENE10:48 PMS251,932 mi
22
96%-5:35 AMWNW4:51 PMENE11:28 PMS252,410 mi
23
98%-6:02 AMW5:44 PME--
24
99%-6:27 AMW6:37 PME12:08 AMS252,392 mi
25
100%-6:52 AMW7:30 PME12:46 AMS251,934 mi
26
99%-7:18 AMW8:24 PMESE1:25 AMS251,074 mi
27
96%-7:45 AMWSW9:21 PMESE2:05 AMS249,829 mi
28
92%-8:16 AMWSW10:19 PMESE2:48 AMS248,197 mi
29
85%-8:51 AMWSW11:20 PMESE3:35 AMS246,166 mi
30
77%-9:32 AMWSW-4:26 AMS243,729 mi
31
68%12:21 AMESE10:21 AMWSW-5:21 AMS240,903 mi

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 Panama City Beach is increasing during March, rising from 9% to 18% over the course of the month.

For reference, on July 20, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 99% of the time, while on January 31, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 5% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in March in Panama City Beach

Humidity Comfort Levels in March in Panama City BeachMar11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%FebAprMar 19%Mar 19%Mar 3118%Mar 3118%Mar 1111%Mar 1111%Mar 2114%Mar 2114%NowNowmuggymuggyhumidhumidcomfortablecomfortabledrydry
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

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 Panama City Beach is gradually decreasing during March, decreasing from 10.4 miles per hour to 9.9 miles per hour over the course of the month.

For reference, on January 22, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.7 miles per hour, while on August 8, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.8 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in March in Panama City Beach

Average Wind Speed in March in Panama City BeachMar11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mphFebAprMar 110.4 mphMar 110.4 mphMar 319.9 mphMar 319.9 mphMar 219.9 mphMar 219.9 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The hourly average wind direction in Panama City Beach throughout March is predominantly from the south, with a peak proportion of 34% on March 30.

Wind Direction in March in Panama City Beach

Wind Direction in March in Panama City BeachNSMar11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%FebAprNowNowwestsoutheastnorth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Panama City Beach 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 Panama City Beach is gradually increasing during March, rising by 3°F, from 63°F to 67°F, over the course of the month.

Average Water Temperature in March in Panama City Beach

Average Water Temperature in March in Panama City BeachMar112233445566778899101011111212131314141515161617171818191920202121222223232424252526262727282829293030313160°F60°F62°F62°F64°F64°F66°F66°F68°F68°F70°F70°F72°F72°F74°F74°F76°F76°FFebAprMar 163°FMar 163°FMar 3167°FMar 3167°FMar 1164°FMar 1164°FMar 2165°FMar 2165°FNowNow
The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

The growing season in Panama City Beach typically lasts for 11 months (337 days), from around January 28 to around December 31, rarely starting after February 28, or ending before December 11.

The month of March in Panama City Beach is very likely fully within the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season gradually increasing from 92% to 100% over the course of the month.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in March in Panama City Beach

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in March in Panama City Beachgrowing seasonMar11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%FebApr92%Mar 192%Mar 1100%Mar 31100%Mar 3196%Mar 1196%Mar 1199%Mar 2199%Mar 21NowNowvery coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarm
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

The average accumulated growing degree days in Panama City Beach are increasing during March, increasing by 387°F, from 452°F to 839°F, over the course of the month.

Growing Degree Days in March in Panama City Beach

Growing Degree Days in March in Panama City BeachMar1122334455667788991010111112121313141415151616171718181919202021212222232324242525262627272828292930303131400°F400°F500°F500°F600°F600°F700°F700°F800°F800°F900°F900°F1,000°F1,000°FFebAprMar 1452°FMar 1452°FMar 31839°FMar 31839°FMar 11564°FMar 11564°FMar 21692°FMar 21692°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of March, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

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 Panama City Beach is increasing during March, rising by 1.1 kWh, from 4.8 kWh to 5.9 kWh, over the course of the month.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in March in Panama City Beach

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in March in Panama City BeachMar11223344556677889910101111121213131414151516161717181819192020212122222323242425252626272728282929303031310 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWhFebAprMar 14.8 kWhMar 14.8 kWhMar 315.9 kWhMar 315.9 kWhMar 115.2 kWhMar 115.2 kWhMar 215.6 kWhMar 215.6 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Panama City Beach are 30.177 deg latitude, -85.805 deg longitude, and 7 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Panama City Beach is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 20 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 6 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (43 feet). Within 50 miles is essentially flat (328 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Panama City Beach is covered by water (48%) and artificial surfaces (44%), within 10 miles by water (68%) and artificial surfaces (13%), and within 50 miles by water (49%) and trees (32%).

This report illustrates the typical weather in Panama City Beach, 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 are 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Panama City Beach.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Panama City Beach according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Panama City Beach is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Panama City Beach and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:

To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Panama City Beach and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source's contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , 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 airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © OpenStreetMap contributors.

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