The climate of Texas (United
States of America)
The state of Texas is located in the southern part of the United
States and is the second largest state after the state of Alaska.
Texas is home to more than 20 million people; only the state of
California has more inhabitants. In Texas six cities can be found that
have a population figure of more than 500,000. Houston, San Antonio
and Dallas are home to more than 1 million people each.
Texas has two climate types. The largest part of the
state has a warm maritime climate (type Cfa according to the Köppen
climate classification) with warm summers and mild winters. Because of
low precipitation figures the climate in the west can be classified as
a warm steppe climate (type Bsh). For instance, El Paso gets 225
millimeters of annual precipitation (long term average) while the
eastern part of Texas can record up to 1,600 millimeters of annual
precipitation. Where average annual temperatures are concerned there
is a transition from north to south. The northern part of the state is
the coolest region with an average annual temperature between 11 and
14 degrees Celsius (52-57 degrees Fahrenheit). The warmest regions can
be found in the south where the average annual temperature is about 25
degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit). The weather in Texas may be
very erratic and extremes are not uncommon. During the summer it may
get very hot. In the western and southern parts of the state
temperatures may easily rise up to 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees
Fahrenheit) or even higher. In the big cities it may be unpleasantly
warm during the summer as well. Because of its location on the Gulf of
Mexico there is a small risk of hurricanes in Texas. When a tropical
storm reaches Texas it loses a lot of its strength when it makes
landfall. A bigger problem is caused by extremely heavy thunderstorms.
Together with the state of Louisiana Texas is located in the most
southern part of Tornado Alley, a large area where thunderstorms may
cause tornadoes. With an average of 139 tornadoes per year Texas can
record most tornadoes in the United States.
Climate information of places in Texas
The climate information given on this page is only brief. Specific
information on weather and climate can be found on the pages per
region or city. The following climate information is available for
Throughout Texas several climate figures and temperatures can be
recorded. The figures below are for Austin and cannot be seen as an
average for this state. For climate figures for other places and
regions in Texas please, visit the individual climate pages.
More climate information
Climate tables are useful but they don’t give an overall picture of
the climate and possible weather conditions during a period of time.
How high the chances are of hot or cold weather or hurricanes can
often not be found in these tables. This is why we offer extra climate
information per month. The figures below apply to Austin. For climate
figures on specific regions and places please, visit the relevant
individual climate pages.
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