Austin Weather

Austin WeatherIf you're considering a visit to Austin, Texas, the good news is that there are few times of the year where the weather will be anything but hospitable. Although summers can be downright blazing, as is the case with most cities in the Texas area, even the winters require little more than a sweater or light jacket. In the middle of January, temperatures may dip down to the 45 degree mark, but compared to the rest of the country, Austin provides a comfortable oasis from the harshness of the winters seen on the East Coast, Midwest, and even areas of the South. In fact, Austin only has an average of 13 days each year when the temperature falls below the freezing mark.

Needless to say, snow is not much of a concern in Austin. With average yearly snowfall under half an inch, and the number of days each year where snow falls from the sky at less than one, most people in the area don't have need for a snow shovel. Every few years, weather patterns will send a light dusting of ice or sleet to cover the city. This often leaves the area immobilized for a day or two, largely due to the lack of supplies needed to remove the ice and drivers being unequipped to move their automobiles in inclement weather.

While winters may be as easy as can be, an Austin summer can be challenging for those not accustomed to the heat. Although the heat does not have the humidity found in cities such as Atlanta and New Orleans, the temperatures rise significantly higher. In fact, the average number of days each year that Austin sees the thermometer climb above 90 is around 115 days, or nearly a third of the year. Almost all of these days occur between July and September, making air conditioning a way of life for residents and travelers to Austin in the summer months.

Spring and Autumn consist of two months each, with high temperatures in the 70s and 80s. Winter, which begins in December and ends in late February, typically has high temperatures around 65 and lows nearing 45. Those who love the cold weather or the dramatic shift of seasons are likely to feel unimpressed with Austin.

Austin is dry a majority of the year, but during April and May, Spring arrives in the form of thundershowers that provide the area with much-needed moisture. Drought has often been a severe problem in Austin, as the area is positioned so that it gets virtually no precipitation, even when the surrounding areas receive copious amounts of rain. Drought conditions in 2011 and 2012 have left the city under restrictions regarding use of water.