Austin’s climate is described as “arid subtropical” which is defined as a usually dry area with a mean temperature of 50 degrees or higher 8 months out of the year.
Known for having hot summers and mild winters, Austin’s climate doesn’t vary too much. The summer months in Austin have no fear of staying in consecutive days in triple digit heat, but being so far inland makes humidity less of a problem than being in a more coastal location.
Average rainfall per year over the past 30 years is estimated around 34.29 inches. However Austin just witnessed its worst drought since 1950 in 2011. And with rain eluding much of the state, water restrictions went into effect to help alleviate the feel of the drought.
On the rare occasion of snow hitting the city (it does happen) the city goes into panic mode pretty quickly. They aren’t as well equipped for situations as a city that gets bombarded with snow more regularly. When freeze warnings go into effect the city provides ample notice and ideas and tricks of the trade to help its residents prevent any major damage to their homes.
Over the past 30 years the average temperature for the summer months (May-September – take into consideration that summers duration feels longer in the south) is 87.8 degrees. The highest temperatures during that five month span usually culminate in August and lowest during May.
Austin’s most manageable months come during traditional fall and spring times between mid-October and early December, and late February to late April/early May. Mid-December to late February certainly have instances of beautiful weather, but night times are known for dipping down to near freezing (sometimes lower) temperatures.