Weather in Austin: Climate, Seasons, and Average Monthly Temperature

Austin's weather

TripSavvy / Grace Kim 

Many newcomers and visitors arrive with the misguided notion that Austin has a desert-like climate. Technically speaking, Austin has a humid subtropical climate, which means it has long, hot summers and typically mild winters. In July and August, high temps often top out at around 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius), sometimes for several days in a row. The humidity is usually only at sauna-like levels just before a rainstorm, but even when it’s not raining, the humidity rarely dips below 30 percent. Due to the generally mild climate, allergy season lasts all year. 

Fast Climate Facts

  • Hottest Month: August (96 F / 36 C)
  • Coldest Month: January (61 F / 16 C)
  • Wettest Month: May (5.03 inches)
Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas
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Spring in Austin

Spring in Austin starts quite cool in March, but by May, temperatures are almost summer-like. While March and April are usually dry, May is Austin's rainiest month, typically receiving upwards of four inches of rain. Combined with the rising temperatures, this can make for some unbearably muggy and humid days. Still, spring in the Texas Hill Country is generally beautiful, with long sunny days and ample wildflower blooms appearing everywhere.

What to Pack: Bring lightweight clothing as if you were packing for summer, along with a jacket if you're visiting during early spring when nights are still cold. An umbrella and waterproof clothing is a must for heavy spring thunderstorms or rain showers.

Average Temperature by Month

March: 73 F (22 C) / 51 F (11 C)

April: 80 F (27 C) / 59 F (15 C)

May: 86 F (30 C) / 66 F (19 C)

Summer in Austin

Austin's sizzling summer kicks off in June and is in full swing by July. Temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) aren't uncommon. Thunderstorms are also a regular summer occurrence, typically in the afternoons due to heat buildup. Don't expect cooler temperatures at night either—lows during the summer months rarely dip below 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius).

What to Pack: Pack as light as you can—think shorts, T-shirts, tank tops, and of course, a bathing suit. Sunscreen and sunglasses are also a must in the scorching Texas sun.

Average Temperature by Month

June: 92F (33C) / 72F (22C)

July: 96F (35C) / 74F (24C)

August: 96F (36C) / 74F (24C)

Fall in Austin

After summer's scorching temperatures, locals love celebrating the milder temperatures of the fall. The weather during this time of year averages in the 70s F. Fall is a great time for outdoor activities as it's warm, but not unbearably so. Some mornings and evenings can be cooler, and there is occasional rain.

What to Pack: For early fall, summer attire is still appropriate, such as shorts and T-shirts. By November, you'll want to pack layers, such T-shirts and light sweaters. Jeans are also appropriate for most of the fall.

Average Temperature by Month

September: 90 F (33 C) / 70 F (21 C)

October: 82 F (28 C) / 60 F (16 C)

November: 71 F (22 C) / 50 F (10 C)

Winter in Austin

Winters in Austin can be surprisingly cold but are usually still warmer than other parts of the country. High temperatures can reach into the mid-60s, but lows can dip into the 40s, or sometimes even below freezing. Snow isn't incredibly common, and the sun is typically shining on most winter days.

What to Pack: Pack a warm jacket for evenings, as well as some rain gear, including waterproof shoes, an umbrella, and a raincoat.

Average Temperature by Month

December: 63 F (17 C) / 43 F (6 C)

January: 61 F (16 C) / 41 F (5 C)

February: 65 F (18 C) / 45 F (7 C)

Flash Flooding in Austin

In May and early June, spring rains can turn the area’s rivers, streams, and even dry creek beds into raging walls of water. Several dams control the flow of the Colorado River through the city, creating Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake. But even these flood control systems can get overwhelmed when the storms move slowly over the area. Adding to the danger, many smaller streets traverse low-water crossings over normally timid streams. Most water-related tragedies in Austin occur at these low-water crossings, leading local officials to promote the slogan: “Turn around, don’t drown.” The cities and counties in the region operate a constantly updated website that displays the current status of low-water crossings.

In the last decade, extended droughts have been more common than heavy rains. In 2013, the water level at Lake Travis dropped so low that many lakeside restaurants found themselves 100 yards or more from the water. Floods in 2015 significantly improved the lake levels, and many of the shuttered businesses reopened. Continued heavy rain in 2016 has sustained the lake levels and led to an economic boom in the Lake Travis area.

In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and much of southeast Texas. Austin and Central Texas received torrential rain but minimal wind damage. The drenching rains, however, had a delayed effect on many of the trees in the areas. Weeks and even months after the hurricane, trees started falling over without warning. The nonstop rain over several days had loosened the root systems and served as the final death blow for trees that already were in failing health. Such weather extremes can also affect home foundations and underground pipes. As the ground shifts, concrete foundations and pipes can move and crack. 

SUnrise over Suburb homes after Extreme Winter Storm
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What to Do When it Snows in Austin

Austin may not be known for its snowfall, but the city has been hit with several winter storms in the past. In 2021, Austin received six inches of snow—the most accumulated snowfall in the city since 2004. The best advisory for navigating a winter snow storm in Austin is to remain indoors if possible and to monitor local weather forecasts for the latest information. If you must leave your home, wait for sanding trucks to secure slippery roads before venturing out. Always be aware of "black ice" formation, which can form anytime the temperature dips below freezing.

People swimming in Barton Springs
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Visiting Barton Springs

The underground geology of much of the Austin area is made up of limestone. This porous stone develops pockets over time, which can develop into underground water sources known as aquifers. Cool, refreshing water bubbles up from the Edwards Aquifer to create Austin’s most famous swimming pool, Barton Springs. The three-acre pool in the heart of the city maintains a constant temperature around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) year-round. Because of the steady temperature of the water, many regulars swim year-round at Barton Springs. The water doesn't feel nearly as cold when the air temperature is also in the 60s.

Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall, and Daylight Hours
Month Avg. Temp. Rainfall Daylight Hours
January 62 F 1.9 inches 10 hours
February 65 F 2.0 inches 11 hours
March 72 F 2.1 inches 11 hours
April 80 F 2.5 inches 12 hours
May 87 F 5.0 inches 13 hours
June 92 F 3.8 inches 14 hours
July 96 F 2.0 inches 14 hours
August 97 F 2.3 inches 13 hours
September 91 F 2.9 inches 12 hours
October 82 F 4.0 inches 11 hours
November 71 F 2.7 inches 11 hours
December 63 F 2.4 inches 10 hours
Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the hottest month in Austin?

    Austin's hottest month is August, when high temps often top out at around 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius).

  • What is the rainiest month in Austin?

    May is the wettest month in Austin, with an average rainfall of 5.03 inches.

  • Does it snow in Austin?

    Austin may not be known for its snowfall, but the city has been hit with several winter storms in the past. In 2021, Austin received six inches of snow—the most accumulated snowfall in the city since 2004.