March weather forecast
Des Moines, IA

City buildings in Des Moines, Iowa
City buildings in Des Moines, Iowa

Weather in March

The first month of the spring, March, is a chilly month in Des Moines, Iowa, with an average temperature fluctuating between 32.2°F (0.1°C) and 47.5°F (8.6°C).

Temperature

In Des Moines, the average high-temperature in March soars, from a wintry 32.4°F (0.2°C) in February, to a frosty 47.5°F (8.6°C). In March, the average low-temperature is 32.2°F (0.1°C).

Humidity

In March, the average relative humidity in Des Moines is 75%.

Rainfall

In Des Moines, Iowa, during 8.7 rainfall days, 1.02" (26mm) of precipitation is typically accumulated. Throughout the year, there are 114.4 rainfall days, and 16.38" (416mm) of precipitation is accumulated.

Snowfall

January through May, October through December are months with snowfall. In Des Moines, during March, snow falls for 4.6 days and regularly aggregates up to 0.98" (25mm) of snow. Throughout the year, there are 30.9 snowfall days, and 7.36" (187mm) of snow is accumulated.

Daylight

In Des Moines, the average length of the day in March is 11h and 58min.
On the first day of March, sunrise is at 6:48 am and sunset at 6:04 pm CST. On the last day of the month, sunrise is at 6:58 am and sunset at 7:38 pm CDT.
Note: On Sunday, March 13. 2022, at 2:00 am, Daylight Saving Time starts, and the time zone changes from CST to CDT. Daylight Saving Time lasts until Sunday, November 6. 2022, at 2:00 am; consequently, the time zone reverts from CDT to CST.

Sunshine

In March, the average sunshine is 6h.

UV index

In March, the average daily maximum UV index is 3. A UV Index estimate of 3 to 5 represents a medium vulnerability from unprotected exposure to Sun's UV rays for ordinary individuals.
Note: In March, the average maximum UV index of 3 translate into the following recommendations:
Take precautions - Protection against sun damage is advised. The Sun's most intense and consequently most harmful UV radiation during midday hours should be decreased by minimizing exposure and seeking shade. Sun-protective clothing, a long-sleeved shirt and pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and UVA and UVB-blocking sunglasses are particularly helpful in blocking UV radiation's harmful effects. Beware! The strength of the UV rays is increased nearly double-fold by the reflection of the snow.
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FAQ

What is the average humidity in March in Des Moines?

The average relative humidity in March in Des Moines is 75%.

How much does it rain in Des Moines in March?

In Des Moines, Iowa, during March, the rain falls for 8.7 days and regularly aggregates up to 1.02" (26mm) of precipitation.

How much does it snow in Des Moines in March?

In Des Moines, Iowa, in March, during 4.6 snowfall days, 0.98" (25mm) of snow is typically accumulated.

What is the average length of the day in March in Des Moines?

In Des Moines, Iowa, the average day length in March is 11h and 58min.

When is the sunrise / sunset in March in Des Moines?

On the first day of March in Des Moines, Iowa, sunrise is at 6:48 am and sunset at 6:04 pm CST. On the last day of the month, sunrise is at 6:58 am and sunset at 7:38 pm CDT.

When does Daylight Saving Time (DST) start in March in Des Moines?

On Sunday, March 13. 2022, at 2:00 am, Daylight Saving Time starts, and the time zone changes from CST to CDT. DST ends Sunday, November 6. 2022, at 2:00 am.

How long on average sun shines in March in Des Moines?

The average sunshine duration in March is 6h.

How high is the UV index in March in Des Moines?

In March, the average daily maximum UV index is 3. A UV Index estimate of 3 to 5 represents a medium health risk from unsafe exposure to Sun's UV rays.
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Average temperature in March
Des Moines, IA

Average temperature in March - Des Moines, IA
  • Average high temperature in March: 47.5°F

The warmest month (with the highest average high temperature) is July (83.1°F).
The month with the lowest average high temperature is January (28.2°F).

  • Average low temperature in March: 32.2°F

The month with the highest average low temperature is July (65.5°F).
The coldest month (with the lowest average low temperature) is January (15.1°F).

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Average pressure in March
Des Moines, IA

Average pressure in March - Des Moines, IA
  • Average pressure in March: 30.07"Hg

The month with the highest atmospheric pressure is January (30.16"Hg).
The month with the lowest atmospheric pressure is June (29.88"Hg).

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Average wind speed in March
Des Moines, IA

Average wind speed in March - Des Moines, IA
  • Average wind speed in March: 10.3mph

The windiest months (with the highest average wind speed) are January, February, March and April (10.3mph).
The calmest months (with the lowest average wind speed) are July and August (7mph).

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Average humidity in March
Des Moines, IA

Average humidity in March - Des Moines, IA
  • Average humidity in March: 75%

The months with the highest relative humidity are January and June (82%).
The month with the lowest relative humidity is October (70%).

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Average rainfall in March
Des Moines, IA

Average rainfall in March - Des Moines, IA
  • Average rainfall in March: 1.02"

The wettest month (with the highest rainfall) is May (2.76").
The driest month (with the least rainfall) is January (0.47").

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Average rainfall days in March
Des Moines, IA

Average rainfall days in March - Des Moines, IA
  • Average rainfall days in March: 8.7 days

The month with the highest number of rainy days is June (15.9 days).
The month with the least rainy days is February (3 days).

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Average snowfall in March
Des Moines, IA

Average snowfall in March - Des Moines, IA
  • Average snowfall in March: 0.98"

The month with the highest snowfall is January (2.24").
The months with the least snowfall are June, July, August and September (0").

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Average snowfall days in March
Des Moines, IA

Average snowfall days in March - Des Moines, IA
  • Average snowfall days in March: 4.6 days

The month with the highest number of snowfall days is January (8.7 days).
The months with the least snowfall days are June, July, August and September (0 days).

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Average daylight in March /
Average sunshine in March
Des Moines, IA

Average daylight in March / Average sunshine in March - Des Moines, IA
  • Average daylight in March: 11h and 58min

The month with the longest days is June (Average daylight: 15h and 8min).
The month with the shortest days is December (Average daylight: 9h and 13min).

  • Average sunshine in March: 6h and 0min

The month with the most sunshine is July (Average sunshine: 10h and 18min).
The month with the least sunshine is January (Average sunshine: 4h and 18min).

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Average sunshine days in March
Des Moines, IA

Average sunshine days in March - Des Moines, IA
  • Average sunshine days in March: 18 days

The month with the most sunshine days is December (22.3 days).
The month with the least sunshine days is June (12.2 days).

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Average UV index in March
Des Moines, IA

Average UV index in March - Des Moines, IA
  • Average UV index in March: 3

The months with the highest UV index are June, July and August (UV index 6).
The month with the lowest UV index is January (UV index 1).

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Average cloud cover in March
Des Moines, IA

Average cloud cover in March - Des Moines, IA
  • Average cloud cover in March: 50

The month with the most cloud cover is January (Cloud cover 54).
The months with the least cloud cover are July and September (Cloud cover 29).

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Average visibility in March
Des Moines, IA

Average visibility in March - Des Moines, IA
  • Average visibility in March: 6mi

The months with the highest visibility are January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December (6mi).
The months with the lowest visibility are January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December (6mi).

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