Average Weather in March in İstanbul Turkey
In İstanbul, the month of March is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing by 8°F, from 49°F to 57°F over the course of the month, and rarely exceeding 68°F or dropping below 39°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 5°F, from 39°F to 45°F, rarely falling below 31°F or exceeding 52°F.
For reference, on August 1, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in İstanbul typically range from 71°F to 85°F, while on February 6, the coldest day of the year, they range from 38°F to 47°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 İstanbul experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 55% to 50%.
The clearest day of the month is March 30, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 50% of the time.
For reference, on December 14, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 58%, while on July 26, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 96%.
Cloud Cover in March
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In İstanbul, the chance of a wet day over the course of March is gradually decreasing, starting the month at 24% and ending it at 21%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 32% on December 13, and its lowest chance is 7% on July 12.
Over the course of March in İstanbul, the chance of a day with only rain remains an essentially constant 22% throughout, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 1% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 0% throughout.
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 İstanbul is essentially constant, remaining about 1.8 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 3.3 inches or falling below 0.5 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in March
Over the course of March in İstanbul, the length of the day is rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 1 hour, 22 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 2 minutes, 44 seconds, and weekly increase of 19 minutes, 10 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is March 1, with 11 hours, 17 minutes of daylight and the longest day is March 31, with 12 hours, 39 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in March
The latest sunrise of the month in İstanbul is 7:38 AM on March 1 and the earliest sunrise is 49 minutes earlier at 6:49 AM on March 31.
The earliest sunset is 6:55 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 33 minutes later at 7:28 PM on March 31.
Daylight saving time is not observed in İstanbul during 2017.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:32 AM and sets 15 hours, 8 minutes later, at 8:39 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 8:25 AM and sets 9 hours, 13 minutes later, at 5:38 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 İstanbul is essentially constant during March, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on August 5, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 48% of the time, while on November 20, the leasy muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% 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 İstanbul is gradually decreasing during March, decreasing from 6.2 miles per hour to 5.4 miles per hour over the course of the month.
For reference, on February 4, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.4 miles per hour, while on May 31, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.6 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in March
Wind Direction in March
İstanbul 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 İstanbul is gradually increasing during March, rising by 3°F, from 46°F to 49°F, over the course of the month.
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 İstanbul is increasing during March, rising by 1.5 kWh, from 3.2 kWh to 4.7 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 İstanbul are 41.014 deg latitude, 28.950 deg longitude, and 59 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of İstanbul contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 322 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 90 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (932 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,301 feet).
The area within 2 miles of İstanbul is covered by artificial surfaces (69%) and water (22%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (47%) and water (36%), and within 50 miles by water (58%) and trees (22%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in İstanbul 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 İstanbul.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and İstanbul 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 İstanbul is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between İstanbul 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.