Average Weather in March in Cusco Peru
In Cusco, the month of March is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 63°F throughout the month, rarely exceeding 68°F or dropping below 58°F.
Daily low temperatures are around 43°F, rarely falling below 39°F or exceeding 47°F.
For reference, on November 3, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Cusco typically range from 43°F to 66°F, while on July 9, the coldest day of the year, they range from 32°F to 63°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in March
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
The month of March in Cusco experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 93% to 88%.
The clearest day of the month is March 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 12% of the time.
For reference, on January 16, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 94%, while on July 24, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 57%.
Cloud Cover in March
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Cusco, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is very rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 46% and ending it at 25%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 51% on January 15, and its lowest chance is 2% on July 21.
Probability of Precipitation in March
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 Cusco is rapidly decreasing, starting the month at 3.3 inches, when it rarely exceeds 5.8 inches or falls below 1.3 inches, and ending the month at 1.9 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.5 inches or falls below 0.5 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in March
Over the course of March in Cusco, the length of the day is gradually decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 23 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 46 seconds, and weekly decrease of 5 minutes, 19 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is March 31, with 11 hours, 58 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 1, with 12 hours, 21 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March
The earliest sunrise of the month in Cusco is 5:49 AM on March 1 and the latest sunrise is 3 minutes later at 5:52 AM on March 31.
The latest sunset is 6:10 PM on March 1 and the earliest sunset is 20 minutes earlier at 5:50 PM on March 31.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Cusco during 2017.
For reference, on December 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:18 AM and sets 12 hours, 56 minutes later, at 6:13 PM, while on June 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:09 AM and sets 11 hours, 20 minutes later, at 5:29 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in March
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 Cusco is essentially constant during March, remaining around 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in March
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 Cusco is essentially constant during March, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 2.6 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on September 14, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.3 miles per hour, while on April 23, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 2.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in March
Wind Direction in March
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 Cusco is essentially constant during March, remaining within 0.1 kWh of 5.2 kWh throughout.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in March
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Cusco are -13.523 deg latitude, -71.967 deg longitude, and 11,647 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Cusco contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,614 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 11,382 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (5,217 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (18,212 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Cusco is covered by artificial surfaces (41%), shrubs (27%), and trees (12%), within 10 miles by grassland (43%) and shrubs (38%), and within 50 miles by grassland (43%) and shrubs (31%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Cusco 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, Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Cusco.
At a distance of 3 kilometers from Cusco, 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 Cusco 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.
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.