Boston weather in March marks the transition between winter and spring - and the ride isn't always smooth!
If you're visiting Boston this month, be prepared for extremes - snow, ice, balmy almost-hot days, ripping high winds - and everything in between.
Obviously, if you're planning a trip to Boston in March, packing can pose some challenges. Your task will be much easier if you plan to dress in layers.
Despite the weather - and sometimes because of it - March is actually a great time to visit Boston.
Boston hotels still offer reasonably low rates in March.
Plenty of indoor concerts, Bruins and Celtics games, and theatre provide ways to keep warm if the weather turns cold.
Skiing enthusiasts will find plenty of snow on slopes at nearby New England ski areas and resorts if Boston seems too balmy.
Plenty of fun activities such as the St Patrick's Day Parade, Dine Out Boston, and the Boston Flower and Garden Show provide great reasons to get outside and enjoy the March weather in Boston - whatever it happens to be!The key thing to remember about Boston weather in March is that you should expect extremes. Enjoy the beautiful days, but keep in mind that wind characterize March weather - and due to our coastal location, we can sometimes get a lot of it.
If you're planning a Boston visit during March, take a look at average temperatures before you start packing - as well as the record highs and record lows:
Average March high temperature: 46° F
Average March low temperature: 31° F
Record high temperature for March: 89° F (1998)
Record low temperature for March: -8° F (1872)
Average precipitation for March: 3.71 inches
Although the record highs and lows certainly don't occur every year, temperatures will easily reach within 10 degrees of these records - so pack accordingly.
Be sure to check the current Boston weather report before coming.
What if the weather in Boston feels too warm to you? No problem - head north to New England ski vacation resorts to return to real winter!
Want to see how Boston weather looks in March? These photos will show you what it's really like!
Photos showing Boston weather in March, left to right (move your mouse over each thumbnail photo to get a larger view):
1) Crisp March weather brings out walkers in the Boston Public Garden
2) March (or any month when trees are leafless) makes seeing the gorgeous architecture of Back Bay mansions much easier
3) Snow during the first week of March covers the Charles River Esplanade
4) Golden weeping willows provide bright color next to the Public Garden's Lagoon - still a slushy mess after being frozen all winter (but don't worry - it will be drained, cleaned, and refilled before the resident mallards, swans, and return later in the spring)
5) Blue March skies provide the perfect backdrop for the Christian Scientist Church in Fenway
Boston weather in March means layers.
Fleece jackets with perhaps a sweater to layer underneath can keep you almost as warm as a regular jacket - and you can shed the layers you don't need if temperatures rise.
For women and men alike, a lightweight trench coat looks fashionable yet gives you protection against unpredictible March showers - or downpours.
Gloves, a scarf, and an umbrella are also good additions.
Boston's compact size makes it a great walking city, and March weather may inspire you to spend a lot of time outdoors. Be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes. Boots are not really necessary.
Even if we have snow this month, it usually gets cleared out quickly and we're unlikely to have the sequential snow storms or frigid temperatures that can keep sidewalks slushy or icy earlier in the winter.
For more packing information, check my tips for what to pack for your Boston trip.
1. Line up with other spectators along the street to watch Boston's famous St Patrick's Day Parade - If you're lucky, you can soak up some Vitamin D, but even if you have to bundle up, the high spirits will keep you warm.
2. During the first week or two of March, ice skate at Frog Pond and other local rinks. Be aware that outdoor arenas sometimes have to close early if temperatures at night rise too high - so check before you go if the weather has been warm.
3. Get a glimpse of spring at the Boston Flower and Garden show . No need to bundle up - the show takes place indoors.
4. Especially toward the end of March, go for a walk and admire Boston's earliest spring flowers .
5. What to do if March weather turns nasty? Dine Out Boston provides the perfect excuse to enjoy a wonderful meal at an attractive discount in one of Boston's top restaurants. Ask for a window table so that you can look outside - and appreciate being inside.