Houston Weather

Houston WeatherMany would tell you that weather in Houston is quite unpleasant. To a certain extent, they would be right! In July, the daily average high easily exceeds triple digits. Humidity can range anywhere from 90 percent to 60 percent during the day. Obviously, Houston is not a comfortable place to be in the summer.

But for the rest of the year, Houston can be a very nice vacation destination. Autumn is usually quite warm, with highs ranging from the upper 60s to lower 80s. Most people like to think of the Houston-Galveston area as constantly being vulnerable to hurricanes at this time of year, but such is not the case. Hurricanes, although devastating to the region when they hit, have only hit the city directly twice in the past three decades.

Winters are almost always very mild and temperate, making it the ideal location for Christmas travel. Even in January, the coldest month of the year, the high averages around 63 degrees, while the low stays around 43 degrees. Snow and ice are a very rare occurrence in the city, and usually melts within days of falling.

Spring in Houston is gradually warms up from winter. Highs will vary from high 70s to low 80s, while lows will remain around 60 degrees. Around this time of year, thunderstorms will often form, inaugurating the beginning of a ten month long growing season.

These thunderstorms often serve as reminder to observers of an irregular constant of Houston's weather: rainfall. Because the city's climate is subtropical, rain can happen at anytime throughout the year. June, the wettest month of the year, will receive an average of about 6 inches of year. By the end of the year, precipitation averages a sum of about 50 inches.

Rain in Houston falls between 40-50 days out of the entire year. Rainfall, although irregular in the city, can fall quickly and intensely. Flash flooding has been a continuing problem for the area, because of its flat terrain.

As for severe weather, Houston, unlike most of Texas, experiences it infrequently. Unlike Dallas, another large Texan metropolitan area, it is not located in Tornado Alley. If and when tornadoes do occur in the Houston area, they are often weak and cause light to moderate damage.

Houston can be a wonderful place to visit, given the right time of year. If you're considering a trip to Houston, just remember that its weather yields all the best that Texas can offer.