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March was cool, wet and windy, weather service says

Updated April 1, 2024 - 3:04 pm

March in Las Vegas was considerably cooler than usual and also wetter, according to the National Weather Service.

The average temperature of 57.5 degrees (the daily high and low temperature averaged out) was 3.3 degrees below the norm for March.

While cool, spring 2023 was much cooler with an average temperature of 54.4 degrees.

The record cool March was set in 1948 at 50.4 degrees and tied in 1952, said weather service meteorologist Andy Gorelow.

The precipitation for the month at Harry Reid International Airport, the valley’s official measuring station, was .74 of an inch — .32 of an inch above normal.

Several windy days also occurred, which is to be expected at the start of spring.

A peak wind gust of 68 mph on March 2 was the strongest March wind gust since 1985.

The warmest day failed to reach 80 degrees after the airport hit 78 on March 21. The coldest day was 40 degrees on March 9 and nearly tied on March 31 when the mercury dipped to 41 over several hours in the early morning.

The cool trend may continue into the early days of April.

A high of 80 is forecast for Wednesday, which would be the first 80 this year. But by Friday, the high may be less than 60 with a 58 currently forecast for Friday.

Contact Marvin Clemons at mclemons@reviewjournal.com.

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