Average Weather in March in Fort McMurray Canada
Daily high temperatures increase by 16°F, from 26°F to 42°F, rarely falling below 6°F or exceeding 55°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 15°F, from 4°F to 20°F, rarely falling below -20°F or exceeding 33°F.
For reference, on July 26, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Fort McMurray typically range from 54°F to 77°F, while on January 11, the coldest day of the year, they range from -5°F to 10°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 Fort McMurray experiences decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 78% to 68%.
The clearest day of the month is March 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 32% of the time.
For reference, on February 27, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 78%, while on August 3, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 56%.
Cloud Cover Categories in March
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Fort McMurray, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is gradually increasing, starting the month at 10% and ending it at 13%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 33% on June 26, and its lowest chance is 7% on February 15.
Over the course of March in Fort McMurray, the chance of a day with only rain increases from 1% to 6%, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 2% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow decreases from 7% to 5%.
Probability of Precipitation in March
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during March in Fort McMurray is gradually increasing, starting the month at 0.1 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.2 inches or falls below -0.0 inches, and ending the month at 0.4 inches, when it rarely exceeds 0.8 inches or falls below 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in March
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. As with rainfall, we consider the liquid-equivalent snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.
The average sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall during March in Fort McMurray is essentially constant, remaining about 0.3 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.7 inches or falling to 0.0 inches.
The highest average 31-day liquid-equivalent accumulation is 0.3 inches on March 19.
Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in March
Over the course of March in Fort McMurray, the length of the day is very rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 2 hours, 24 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 4 minutes, 49 seconds, and weekly increase of 33 minutes, 41 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is March 1, with 10 hours, 41 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 31, with 13 hours, 6 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March
The earliest sunrise of the month in Fort McMurray is 6:54 AM on March 10 and the latest sunrise is 57 minutes later at 7:51 AM on March 11.
The earliest sunset is 5:58 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 4 minutes later at 8:03 PM on March 31.
Daylight saving time (DST) starts at 3:00 AM on March 11, 2018, shifting sunrise and sunset to be an hour later.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 4:32 AM and sets 17 hours, 49 minutes later, at 10:21 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 9:00 AM and sets 6 hours, 47 minutes later, at 3:47 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in March
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Fort McMurray is essentially constant during March, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on July 16, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time, while on January 1, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in March
The average hourly wind speed in Fort McMurray is essentially constant during March, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 4.5 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on April 14, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.7 miles per hour, while on August 1, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 3.8 miles per hour.
The lowest daily average wind speed during March is 4.3 miles per hour on March 2.
Average Wind Speed in March
Wind Direction in March
The growing season in Fort McMurray typically lasts for 3.8 months (117 days), from around May 20 to around September 14, rarely starting before May 1 or after June 9, and rarely ending before August 25 or after October 4.
The month of March in Fort McMurray is reliably fully outside of the growing season.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in March
The average accumulated growing degree days in Fort McMurray are essentially constant during March, remaining within 1°F of 1°F throughout.
Growing Degree Days in March
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Fort McMurray is rapidly increasing during March, rising by 1.6 kWh, from 1.9 kWh to 3.5 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 Fort McMurray are 56.727 deg latitude, -111.381 deg longitude, and 1,040 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Fort McMurray contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 397 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 930 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (748 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,781 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Fort McMurray is covered by trees (42%), sparse vegetation (17%), herbaceous vegetation (16%), and artificial surfaces (10%), within 10 miles by trees (65%) and herbaceous vegetation (23%), and within 50 miles by trees (70%) and herbaceous vegetation (18%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Fort McMurray 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Fort McMurray.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Fort McMurray 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 Fort McMurray is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Fort McMurray and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Fort McMurray CS, Alta. (44%, 13 kilometers, southeast); Fort McMurray Airport (44%, 13 kilometers, southeast); and Mildred Lake (11%, 36 kilometers, north).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .