Dallas enjoys a fairly mild climate year-round although the high summer heats and rainy winters make spring and fall the best times to visit. In July and August, temperatures stay in the 90s and 100s degrees fahrenheit, and everything, from the gleaming skyscrapers to the sidewalks, radiates heat. January and February aren’t the best months to visit, either. Though winter in Dallas is relatively pleasant compared to other parts of the country, winter storms tend to bring freezing rain, and snow isn’t uncommon.
From March to May, temperatures are lovely—the highs range from the upper 80s to mid-60s degrees Fahrenheit—and you’ll get to see all the wildflowers (including the bluebonnets!) in bloom. And in the fall, from September to November, the air is crisp, the summer crowds have begun to die down, and temperatures are typically in the 70s and 80s degrees Fahrenheit.
The Weather in Dallas
Generally, the weather in Dallas is agreeable, save for a few months out of the year (July, August, January, and February). Temperature, precipitation, and humidity levels do vary from season to season—unlike other parts of Texas, Dallas has four distinct seasons.Fall and spring are pleasant, summers are hot and humid, and winters are mild (though an occasional winter storm is to be expected). November, January, and February are the months with the lowest chances of significant precipitation, while May is the wettest month.
Dallas in the spring is idyllic. It’s a radical shift from the bleak, gray winter months; temperatures are mild, and visitors can take advantage of the lush vegetation and gorgeous blooms in the parks. Temperatures usually stay in the 70s and 80s, although the weather can be wet and volatile, with thunderstorms and precipitation peaking in May.
Events to Check Out:
- Dallas Blooms, the biggest floral festival in the Southwest, is held throughout the spring at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
- Deep Ellum Arts Festival is held every April. Six blocks of Main Street in the Deep Ellum district are transformed into a huge, lively festival featuring hundreds of local musicians and fine artists.
If you’re visiting Dallas in the summertime, be sure to bring sunglasses, a sun hat, and your strongest sunblock. Summers are long, hot, humid, and oppressive, especially in July and August. Especially in August, you can expect several days of 100-degree heat (or more) and little to no rain. This is also the time of year when kids are out of school, so it’s also when tourists tend to flock to the DFW area. Expect attractions to be busy and hotel prices to be more expensive than they normally are, so be sure to book accommodations and activities in advance.
Events to check out:
- Taste of Dallas is a two-day foodie event in June featuring hundreds of chefs, restaurants, and sponsors.
- Taste Texas barbecue and see rodeo at the nine-day North Texas Fair & Rodeo in nearby Denton during August.
- See performances from local and traveling Jazz musicians at the three-day Riverfront Jazz Festival in late August.
Fall is a magical time in Dallas; the intense heat of the summer is gone, temperatures are comfortable, and storms are less likely than in springtime. Between late September and early December, expect temperatures in the 70s and 80s degrees Fahrenheit. Although tourist activity has usually died down by now, note that football season can drive up hotel prices on select weekends.
Events to check out:
- State Fair of Texas is a huge part of Texan culture; it’s held every year at Fair Park in Dallas. Festivities begin the last Friday of September and run for a full 24 days.
- The Dallas Arboretum hosts “Autumn at the Arboretum,” an annual fest featuring wildly creative displays using more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash.
Dallas winters are mild compared to the Northeast—daytime highs can reach the mid-60s Fahrenheit in December. But it’s still cold, and freezing rain is a fairly common occurrence. The Dallas-Fort Worth area usually has a few days of snowfall per year, as well. If you don’t mind bundling up, though, this is the cheapest time to visit Dallas.
Events to check out:
- Catch the 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit at The Arboretum from November 9 through the end of December.
- Head to Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Texas to add some thrill to your holiday plans from mid-November through December 30.
- Attend the Holiday Show and Tree Lighting at Klyde Warren Park.
- Check out the Annual Candlelight at the Dallas Heritage Village in December.