March is warm and wet, with the beginning of the spring season in Alabama. The coast receives 6" (152mm) of rainfall and is significantly wetter than the northern part of the state. The average temperatures are in the mild 38°F (3.3°C) to warm 71°F (21.7°C) range, with Tuscaloosa in the south in the 45°F (7.2°C) to 70°F (21.1°C) zone. The mild conditions of early spring cast away any remaining cold of the winter season. The bright sunshine melts the last remnants of snow and brings greenery to the landscape. Spring is the time for Alabama's gardens to fill with a multitude of colorful flowers. The air is fresh, and the soil smells sweet in the temperate weather. Make the best use of the warm 7 hours of daily sunshine amid low humidity and pleasant conditions. Historic trails, national and state parks, forests, and parkways offer plenty of choices for outdoor activities in the mild spring weather. Wear a rain jacket on outdoor explorations. Watch out for frequent and severe storms in March in Alabama.