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Got Sunshine? Weather and Austin's Population Growth

Posted by James DeLoney on Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 at 9:23am.

Austin, TX now ranks as the 11th largest city in the United States. City of Austin demographic research estimates that 110 people move to Austin each day.  That’s an average of 40,150 people moving to Austin each year.

One of the reasons people are moving to Austin is the weather. With an average winter temperature of 53 degrees, an average spring temperature of 70 degrees and an average summer temperature of 85 degrees, it’s no wonder many transplants view Austin as the promised-land.

Austin TX Average Temperature

Month

Average Low

Average High

December

42

63

January

41

62

February

45

65

Winter Average

43

63

March

51

72

April

59

80

May

67

87

Spring Average

59

80

June

72

92

July

74

96

August

75

97

Summer Average

74

95

September

69

91

October

61

82

November

51

72

Fall Average

60

82

Austin is located farther south than any state capital of the 48 contiguous states. Geographically, Austin is located at the border of the Texas Hill Country and the Texas Prairies and Lakes. The Hill Country provides a barrier against the strong winds that accompany artic systems that blow in from the north, keeping Austin’s climate more temperate than the hill country during the fall and winter months. During the warmer months, Austin is far enough from the coast to see far less humidity than Gulf coastal regions, making warm days much more comfortable. The average humidity in Austin is a modest 49% in the afternoon.

 

Due to Austin’s climate region, the area receives a moderate levels of precipitation annually. The average annual precipitation values for Austin range from 32 to 36 inches per year. The wettest months of the year in Central Texas are April and September.

Austin is located at 30°N latitude, residing in a part of the country that receives a large amount of sunlight. On average, Austin receives 15 hours of daytime in the summer and 11 hours of daytime in the winter. Long days are the hallmark of Central Texas weather and makes Austin an incredibly active region with outdoor festivals and events occurring throughout the area approximately 40 weekends out of each year.

Because of the great year-round weather, Austin is home to many large events and festivals including Summer X Games, Formula 1 Grand Prix, Moto GP Championship, Austin City Limits Music Festival, SXSW Music Festival, Austin Film Festival, Urban Music Festival, Republic of Texas Biker Rally, Pecan Street Festival, Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Zilker Kite Festival, Austin Wine and Food Festival, Old Settlers Music Festival, Texas Book Festival, and the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo to name just a few. 

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