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Rain, droughts, temperatures, tornadoes, and more Austin weather facts

It's a common saying in some parts but certainly true here: if you don't like Texas weather, just wait a minute. While Austin weather doesn't normally see huge extremes, the change between hot and cold or dry and wet happen so quickly that it can seem like an extreme change. In general, Central Texas has a temperate climate with mild winters. However, our summers can get hot and stay hot for weeks on end.

Climate

Hot Days

  • Average # of Days Above 90 degrees: 111
  • Summer 2000 had 41 days at or above 100 degrees
  • 100 plus days generally occur in June, July, and August but have occurred as early as May and as late as October
  • Average # of Days Above 80 degrees: 198

Cold Days

  • Average # of Days Below 45 degrees: 88
  • Average # of Days Below 32 degrees (freezing): 19
  • Average Annual Snowfall: 0" (rarely snows)

Austin Weather Records

  • Highest Recorded Temperature: 112 degrees on September 5, 2000
  • Lowest Recorded Temperature: -2 on January 31, 1949
  • Longest Dry Spell: 65 days in 1993
  • Most Rain in 24-hr period: 19.03 inches September 9-10, 1921
  • Snowfall Record: 9.7 inches on November 11, 1937[
  • White Christmas: Since 1926 there has been no snow on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve
  • Most recent significant snowfall: February 14, 2004; gone by noon
  • Tornado: Last one in Austin and Travis County was May 27, 1997; Although tornados are not rare in Central Texas, they are rare in Austin.

Average Temperatures/Rainfall by Month
Temperature in degrees Fahrenheit (rounded) and Rainfall in inches (rounded)
Month Temperature Rainfall
January 50 1.9
February 54 2.4
March 61 2.2
April 68 3.3
May 75 4.4
June 82 3.0
July 84 2.2
August 84 2.3
September 79 3.5
October 70 3.3
November 59 2.5
December 52 2.5
Averages may vary by a few degrees due to rounding and the range of data used by various sources
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