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Los Angeles in March

What to Expect from Los Angeles in March

In some years, winter rains extend into March. In others it's reasonably dry.

Los Angeles Weather in March

Average High Temperature: 69°F/21°C
Average Low Temperature: 51°F/11°C
Rain & Clouds Index: 2.52 inches (6.4 cm) rain, 72% sunshine

What to Pack, What to Wear in March

Pack a mid-weight jacket, especially for evenings near the beach. Layered shirts and sweaters are your best fashion strategy.

Los Angeles March Events

  • LA Marathon: It's one of the premiere running events, taking participants through a route that starts at Dodger Stadium and ends at the Santa Monica Pier.
  • California Poppy Season: You'll have to get a little bit out of town for it, but in the best years, the seasonal display of orange flowers is unparalleled.
  • Swallows Return to Mission San Juan Capistrano: No one is quite sure how they do it, but they come back every year on March 19, St. Joseph's Day.
  • Bloomin' Beautiful: More than 1,200 cultivars of flowering camellias make Huntington Gardens one of the best places in the country to see them, January to March.

Especially Fun in March

Rain often starts tapering off by March, but if precipitation happens, try these Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Los Angeles

March through August is time for something uniquely southern California, the annual grunion run. Thousands of tiny, silver-colored fish spawn on the sand during the full moon (or the new one). See the schedule. At some Los Angeles beaches, "Grunion Greeters" are on hand to explain and help you get the most out of being there.

In LA, you can see whales nearly year round: gray whales in winter and blue whales during the summer months. Find the best places to see them and when in the guides to Los Angeles whale watching and Orange County whale watching.

Averages and Reality

Use the weather averages to get an idea of what things may be like, but it might be different when you visit. A winter day could even be so warm you'll wish you packed your shorts. There's no substitute for checking the Los Angeles weather forecast before you leave home.

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