Average Weather in March in Punta Cana Dominican Republic
In Punta Cana, the month of March is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 84°F throughout the month, rarely exceeding 87°F or dropping below 81°F.
Daily low temperatures are around 73°F, rarely falling below 70°F or exceeding 76°F.
For reference, on August 28, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Punta Cana typically range from 77°F to 88°F, while on January 30, the coldest day of the year, they range from 72°F to 83°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 Punta Cana experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 22% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is March 21, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 80% of the time.
For reference, on May 31, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 75%, while on January 13, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 82%.
Cloud Cover in March
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Punta Cana, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is gradually increasing, starting the month at 9% and ending it at 11%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 27% on November 3, and its lowest chance is 8% on March 10.
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 Punta Cana is gradually increasing, starting the month at 0.9 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.4 inches, and ending the month at 1.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 2.9 inches or falls below 0.1 inches.
The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 0.9 inches on March 1.
Average Monthly Rainfall in March
Over the course of March in Punta Cana, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 32 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 3 seconds, and weekly increase of 7 minutes, 23 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is March 1, with 11 hours, 47 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 31, with 12 hours, 19 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March
The latest sunrise of the month in Punta Cana is 6:52 AM on March 1 and the earliest sunrise is 24 minutes earlier at 6:28 AM on March 31.
The earliest sunset is 6:39 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 8 minutes later at 6:47 PM on March 31.
Daylight saving time is not observed in Punta Cana during 2017.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:58 AM and sets 13 hours, 15 minutes later, at 7:12 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:01 AM and sets 11 hours, 1 minute later, at 6:02 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 Punta Cana is gradually increasing during March, rising from 93% to 96% over the course of the month.
The lowest chance of a muggy day during March is 93% on March 8.
For reference, on May 24, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 100% of the time, while on March 8, the leasy muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 93% of the time.
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 Punta Cana is essentially constant during March, remaining within 0.2 miles per hour of 6.8 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on December 23, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.3 miles per hour, while on October 10, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.4 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in March
Wind Direction in March
Punta Cana 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 Punta Cana is essentially constant during March, remaining around 79°F throughout.
Average Water Temperature 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 Punta Cana is gradually increasing during March, rising by 0.6 kWh, from 6.4 kWh to 7.1 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in March
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Punta Cana are 18.582 deg latitude, -68.404 deg longitude, and 79 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Punta Cana contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 121 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 82 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (384 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,346 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Punta Cana is covered by cropland (48%), trees (29%), and grassland (14%), within 10 miles by water (41%) and cropland (24%), and within 50 miles by water (77%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Punta Cana 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 Punta Cana.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Punta Cana 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 Punta Cana is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Punta Cana and a given station.
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.