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Dubai weather in March

by Dubai Travel Planner

What to expect when visiting Dubai in March

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Dubai’s day time maximum temperature in March is 28.7°C/83.7°F.

March sees quite a transition from the mild days of winter through to the heat of the desert summer – it’s a very short spring! Day time maximum temperatures can range from 23°C/73.5°F at the start of the month through to 28.7°c/83.7°F. The highest recorded maximum for March is 41.3°C/106F.

Days are typically bright and sunny with plenty of daylight hours, though rainstorms are still not unusual at this time of year – though hard to predict.

Overnight lows can be as cold as 11°C/52°F, the historical average minimum in March is 17.9°C/64°F. If you are heading out into the desert or walking outside at night it might still be cool enough to need a sweater or pullover in March.

Dubai Sea Temperature in March

In March you should expect sea temperatures on average of 23.6°C/74.5°F (maximum sea temperatures are expected of 25.5°C/76.4°F through to a minimum 21.7°C/72.6°F).

Most hotels and resorts will still be heating their swimming pools in March (do check this though if it’s an important part of your holiday in Dubai! Don’t be deceived by the sunshine, the water temperature in Dubai doesn’t start to really heat up until the end of April).

For more on what’s happening in Dubai in March check out this page.

Other weather patterns that are common in Dubai in March

Although not a typically wet city, March is historically Dubai’s wettest month of the year. Late season thunderstorms can still be rolling through, and cloud seeding may occur. The average Dubai rainfall for March is 22.5mm.

We wouldn’t suggest packing an umbrella “just in case”, but if it rains it can pour! Best to sit it out for a few hours if this happens and you have no urgency to go anywhere as it can cause chaos on the roads.

March can bring with it some unexpectedly hot days too, especially as you approach April and the spring break holidays for many. We suggest planning to spend the very middle of your day indoors to beat the heat.

What should I pack for March in Dubai?

Expect warm outdoorsy weather so pack materials that go well in the heat and don’t forget hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. You can see our guide to dressing with cultural sensitivity here.

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It’s probably going to get cool enough in the evenings that you can pack longer jeans/trousers and bring some sort of pullover, especially if you plan a trip into the desert.

You can read more about what to pack in March for Dubai here.


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Information sourced from the National Centre of Meteorology climate report 2003-2018 for Dubai International Airport.

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