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Average Weather in March in Sarasota Florida, United States

In Sarasota, the month of March is characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 4°F, from 74°F to 78°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 84°F or dropping below 65°F.

Daily low temperatures increase by 4°F, from 57°F to 61°F, rarely falling below 46°F or exceeding 68°F.

For reference, on August 8, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Sarasota typically range from 75°F to 90°F, while on January 18, the coldest day of the year, they range from 53°F to 71°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.


The month of March in Sarasota experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 37% throughout the month. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 39% on March 30.

The clearest day of the month is March 5, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 64% of the time.

For reference, on July 7, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 68%, while on February 24, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 66%.

Cloud Cover Categories in March

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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.


A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Sarasota, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is essentially constant, remaining around 22% throughout.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 70% on August 2, and its lowest chance is 14% on November 22.

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).


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 Sarasota is essentially constant, remaining about 2.4 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 4.8 inches or falling below 0.5 inches.

The highest average 31-day accumulation is 2.5 inches on March 18.

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.


Over the course of March in Sarasota, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 49 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 37 seconds, and weekly increase of 11 minutes, 22 seconds.

The shortest day of the month is March 1, with 11 hours, 37 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 31, with 12 hours, 26 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March

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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 Sarasota is 6:43 AM on March 11 and the latest sunrise is 59 minutes later at 7:42 AM on March 12.

The earliest sunset is 6:31 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 16 minutes later at 7:47 PM on March 31.

Daylight saving time (DST) starts at 3:00 AM on March 12, 2017, shifting sunrise and sunset to be an hour later.

For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 6:35 AM and sets 13 hours, 52 minutes later, at 8:28 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:15 AM and sets 10 hours, 25 minutes later, at 5:40 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. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.


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 Sarasota is rapidly increasing during March, rising from 21% to 33% over the course of the month.

For reference, on July 28, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 100% of the time, while on January 25, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 14% 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.


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 Sarasota is essentially constant during March, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 5.6 miles per hour throughout.

For reference, on November 8, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.8 miles per hour, while on July 20, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.4 miles per hour.

The highest daily average wind speed during March is 5.8 miles per hour on March 14.

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 Sarasota during March is predominantly out of the north from March 1 to March 14 and the east from March 14 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

Sarasota 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 Sarasota is increasing during March, rising by 4°F, from 67°F to 70°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 Sarasota is gradually increasing during March, rising by 0.8 kWh, from 5.3 kWh to 6.1 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.


For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Sarasota are 27.336 deg latitude, -82.531 deg longitude, and 13 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Sarasota is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 30 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 14 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (49 feet). Within 50 miles is essentially flat (171 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Sarasota is covered by artificial surfaces (81%) and water (19%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (52%) and water (37%), and within 50 miles by water (55%) and artificial surfaces (17%).

Data Sources

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

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Sarasota 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 Sarasota is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Sarasota and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Sarasota / Bradenton International Airport (89%, 8 kilometers, north) and Venice Municipal Airport (11%, 31 kilometers, south).

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.