March is the last month of winter in Tallinn. The winter weather that the city has had to endure for a few months now slowly begins to ease out and the mercury starts to rise.
This is the warmest month since last November, its average afternoon temperature now averaging 3°C. The average nighttime temperature, however, is still well below zero, at -4°C. Those averages do increase rapidly throughout the month, indicating the approach of spring. March 1 is the coldest day of the month with an average high of 0°C and average low of -6°C. March 31 is the warmest day with afternoons that are 6°C “warm” and nights that are -1°C cold. The overall average temperature is -1°C. The temperature of the Baltic Sea is at its annual low, averaging no more than 0°C.
Another thing that continues to rise is the day length. There is a day-to-day increase of no fewer than 5.1 minutes in March. While March 1 has 10.32 hours of daylight, March 31 already has an incredible 13.11 daylight hours. With these numbers, you might expect a whole lot of sunshine this month. However, the amount of sun rays is limited greatly by the thick layer of clouds that covers Tallinn this time of year. Cloud cover ranges between 92% in the beginning of the month to 87% at the end.
After the very snowy months of January and February, March receives much less snowfall. The total amount of precipitation is 30mm, which is spread out over 10 days. March, together with April, is one of the driest months of the year. The chance that snowfall occurs decreases from 54% to 28% in the course of the month. The overall chance of precipitation also drops, although less significantly, from 66% to 52%. The weather clearly moves toward the drier and warmer spring season.
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