Weather uk march: How is the Weather in London in March?

How is the Weather in London in March?

This post is a summary of the London weather in March, with tips on what to pack and things to do. 

March means slightly warmer weather, but the peak season crowds have not yet arrived. 

  • Average Temperatures
  • How Much Sun/Rain
  • What to Wear
  • Things to Do in March
  • Weather in London by Season
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During the month of March, daylight hours increase by almost 2 hours between the 1st and the 31st allowing more time for outdoor activities. 

Early in the month brings afternoon temperatures averaging about 8C-9C (in the upper 40s F). 

Towards the end of the month, daytime temperatures will reach about 12C (mid-50s F). 

It’s possible that a couple of days in March could see afternoon temperatures reaching around 16C-17C (mid-60s F).  


About 17-18 days will be mostly cloudy during March leaving 13-14 days clear or at least partly sunny.

Expect about 16 days this month with some precipitation with about 2 days likely with some snow (mostly during the first 2-3 weeks).


Best to bring rain gear and dress in layers.

It’s still cold in London in March, but some warmer days will be around, so no need to dress too heavy.

We’ve made a list of essentials to bring on your trip to London in March: 

1. Layers

A medium, rain-proof jacket is a good thing to bring to London in March.

Layers are great for bulking up on days when that jacket isn’t quite heavy enough.

Think thermals, long-sleeves, and sweaters. 

2. Rain Gear

There will be plenty of rain in March, so plan accordingly. A rain-proof jacket is a good idea, as are rain boots and an umbrella.

We like a light, compact umbrella that’s easy to carry around, like this one from Rain-Mate.

It’s windproof and compact to fit easily in a suitcase.

3. Good Shoes

You will be doing lots of walking in London, so be sure to pack comfortable shoes.

It’s important that they will hold up on a rainy day, so a waterproof boot, like these from Hunter is a great idea.

They’re highly rated and come in a number of great colors. There’s nothing worse than walking around with wet, cold feet!


The headline event this month is the traditional rowing race between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge called

The Boat Race, but there are other fun festivities as well, including St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and the Kew Gardens Orchid Festival. 

Below is the full Top 10 list of things to do in London in March.

Read our full post, Things to Do in London in March, for more ideas.  

And if you are planning on visiting many of London’s top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount pass.

These services could save up to 50% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants.

  1. See a concert.
  2. Go to a football match.
  3. Attend the theatre on West End.
  4. Save money with a discount pass.
  5. Explore a Vegan food festival.
  6. Take a pay-what-you-like walking tour.
  7. Laugh at a comedy show.
  8. See the Harlem Globetrotters for a live exhibition match.
  9. Go to Kew Gardens for the Orchid Festival.
  10. Celebrate Mothers Day with a tour and afternoon tea.

Written by Fred Pickhardt

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The United Kingdom in March: Travel Tips, Weather & More


March is the start of spring in the United Kingdom. Temperatures slowly rise, and flowers come into bloom. However, it can be wet and wintery conditions linger, especially in northern England and Scotland, and Northern Ireland. The average spring temperatures in the UK range between 48°F and 59°F (9°C and 15°C). Yet this varies a few degrees from north to south where Edinburgh sees the coldest average of 36°F-48°F (2°C-9°C) and London the warmest at 43°F-54°F (6°C-12°C). 

Even though the weather might be cold and wet, the days are getting longer (approximately 4.5 minutes a day), and night doesn’t descend as early as it does in winter proper.

Crowds & Costs

March is the low season for travel in the UK. However, if Easter falls in March, many local UK travelers will take school vacations in popular spots, like England’s south or east coast towns or country areas. Prices are unlikely to be much different in March from other times in the low season. However, if you’re visiting during Easter or St Patrick’s day in Belfast, it would be a good idea to book accommodation and transport such as long-distance train tickets in advance.

Where to Go

Although the weather won’t necessarily be idyllic, March is a good time to visit the Lake District in Cumbria, northwest England. This national park area of hills and lakes inspired some of England’s most famous Romantic poets (think William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge), so experiencing the landscape with a bit of atmospheric mist and drizzle is part of the charm. Plus, literature lovers can catch the Words by the Water festival in Keswick sometime in March (see more below). Or if in Wales, there’s Swansea for fans of poet Dylan Thomas, where you can visit his birthplace and favorite watering holes. 

If the weather is particularly uncooperative, there are plenty of cultural attractions to discover while taking respite from the weather. London offers an extensive variety of art galleries, museums, and palaces, while Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland’s Lowlands have their own assortment of interests, as does Belfast.

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Rugby fans, or anyone curious to learn more about one of the most popular sports in the UK, should check out the Rugby Six Nations championship, held in March (and sometimes February). England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, and Italy are the six nations involved. The games are held in London, Cardiff, and Edinburgh in the UK, and tickets should be bought well in advance. Even if you can’t attend a match in person, you’ll find groups of fans gathering in pubs around the country to watch alongside. 

After a day of bracing the weather at the Unesco-listed Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, hiking rugged trails in the Hebrides in Scotland, or visiting the open-air heritage museum of St Fagans in Wales, why not warm up with a dram of whiskey on a tour or in a pub afterward. While Northern Ireland has 13 distilleries to pick from, Scotland has one hundred more, and Wales has just the one—though the small country does have a 1,000-year-old beer production history. 

Events in March

St. David’s Day, Wales. Wales’ national day on March 1 is not a public holiday, but the Welsh honor it with enthusiasm, with kids wearing Welsh national dress and everyone enjoying Welsh treats like Welsh cakes (somewhat like a flattened raisin scone).

Words by the WaterKeswick, England. Honoring the Lake District’s long association with literature, this festival is held over a few days in March (it has been held in early, mid, and late March) and includes readings and other events

St Patrick’s DayNorthern Ireland-wide. The official day of Ireland’s patron saint is March 17, but events in many towns and cities use this as a pretext for celebrations throughout March. There is something going on everywhere, and a lot of drinking and partying.

Easter, UK-wide. Easter is a national holiday throughout the UK so expect business closures and some restrictions on alcohol purchases over the long weekend. UK residents tend to spend Easter at home with their families or at church if they’re religious. You might find Easter fêtes in some towns and villages, where you can buy crafts and food, particularly traditional hot cross buns. 

Traveling to the UK in March? Check out these great itineraries

Discover Scotland – 9 Days. With historic cities, quaint towns and villages, beautiful countryside, and some of the best whiskey distilleries in the world, Scotland makes for a wonderfully diverse and relaxing vacation. 

Culinary Tour of Wales – 5 Days. Discover Wales’ vibrant cuisine, from biodynamic wineries to fresh seafood, while learning about Wales’ rich and dramatic prehistoric, Roman, and medieval history.

Experience London, Windsor Castle, and the White Cliffs of Dover – 6 Days. This tour covers the key London experiences, as well as popular day tours to Kent, The White Cliffs of Dover, and Windsor Castle.

Northern Ireland Self-Drive Adventure – 10 Days. Looking for a trip to Ireland that mixes culture and history with outdoor adventure? This ten-day road trip has it all. Kick off in Dublin and drive north to Northern Ireland.

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Climate and weather in London in March





The average air temperature in London in March is +11 °C, and in the evening +7 °C. Data sourced from our London weather archive.

clear – 18 days overcast – 13 days
average wind speed is 5 (m/s)
761 millimeters of mercury
rain / snow / hail – 2 days.

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    Average daily and evening temperatures in London in March over the years from 2002 to 2012. Number of cloudy and clear days, pressure and wind speed.

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    Temperature °C Weather characteristics Art. Wind speed
    Day +14
    Clear – 31 days
    Overcast – 0 days
    768 4
    Evening +9
    Clear – 31 days
    Overcast – 0 days
    769 3
    Day +11 Clear –

    31 days
    Overcast – 0 days
    764 5 evening
    Overcast – 0 days 765 4
    Day +10
    Clear – 9 days
    Overcast – 22 days
    760 6
    Overcast – 19 days
    760 4
    Day +12
    Clear –

    31 days
    Overcast – 0 days
    758 6 Evening +8
    Clear – 31 days
    Overcast – 0 days
    759 4
    Day +8 Clear –

    30 days
    Overcast – 0 days
    754 6 Evening +5
    Overcast – 0 days 755 5
    Day +10
    Clear – 901 days
    Overcast – 29 days
    759 5
    Overcast – 29 days
    760 4

    London March temperature archive

    The graph displays the average temperature in London in March in the evening and daytime.