March is a wet month with average rainfall to the tune of 3.4" (86mm) and temperatures in the agreeable 70°F (21.1°C) to 79°F (26.1°C) range. Significant rainfall occurs in the highlands and forested areas, but it mainly occurs in the northern and eastern sides exposed to trade winds. Northern cold winds do not find much strength to reduce the temperatures by more than a few degrees. The sun shines on the south and western areas of the islands prominently up to 8 hours a day. The temperatures in places like Honolulu are in a pleasant 68°F (20°C) to 81°F (27.2°C) range, while north and eastern mountains are from 27°F (-2.8°C) to 52°F (11.1°C), and the coasts are between 64°F (17.8°C) and 79°F (26.1°C). For people who wish to see snow, the peaks of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Haleakala offer excellent opportunities during the cold months - the rainfall at the peaks is scanty, while it is heavy a little further down the slopes on the north and eastern sides of the mountains.