The current monthly average to date is 9.4° above the long-term average. There have been only 5 days so far this month with below-average temperatures. Record highs were set or tied on 3 days (old record and date in parentheses):
March 12 71 (tie, 1890)Along with the current 4th place March of just two years ago and the 6th place 2000, 3 out of the last 13 years will be in the top 10 warmest Marches in records dating back 143 years to 1869.
March 22 78 (77, 1929 and 1938)
March 23 76 (tie, 1923)
Image (click to enlarge): New York City March 2012 average temperature to date (TD) and projected final average (PROJ) vs. 10 previous warmest Marches, CapitalClimate chart from National Weather Service data