Highland Lakes
Climate

The climate is the primary reason most retirees move to the Highland Lakes area to retire. Many of them want to get away from the ice and snow of the northern states and move to an area where they can enjoy the outdoors year round.

The most beautiful months are March, April, May and June when the flowers are blooming and when the temperatures are in the 70s and lower 80s. October and November are normally great months with most of the days in the 70s.

December, January and February can have days in the 30s and 40s if a Norther blows in from the North. When it gets that cold here though, you know the rest of the country is in a real cold spell. On days when we have a breeze from the south, it can get up into the high 60s and 70s. The average day in the winter will be in the 50s and 60s in the daytime and drop to the high 30s or 40s at night. It seldom freezes and only will snow an inch or so about once every five years. The winters here only last about 2 months from the middle of December to middle of February. You definitely don't need to bring your snow chains with you to the Highland Lakes.

According to the National Weather Service, our average high temperature is 62 in December, 59 in January, and 63 in February.  The average low temperature is 41 in December, 39 in January, and 42 in February.

From the middle of June to the middle of September it can get a little hot here, but it is not unusual for states north of here to have hotter temperatures than we do. The lakes cool the area down a little and the altitude also helps. A hot day would be in the range of 94 to 97 degrees.  In an average year it may get over 100 about 10 days during the summer.  It is usually a relatively dry heat.  Often tourist ask us about the humidity because they hear about the humidity in Houston. It is far more humid near the gulf than here. We are over 300 miles from the gulf and over 200 miles from Houston. The humidity is not usually a problem in the Highland Lakes.

It can rain any month throughout the year. There normally isn't a wet or dry season here. Lately, the El Ninos have been causing fluctuations in the weather patterns here like the rest of the country and we have been having more dry spells and more rainy spells than normal. On the average you can expect about 32 inches of rain a year with it coming in all 12 months. Usually, when it rains, it will rain for a few minutes or an hour or so and then the sky will clear up. The storm will often blow through the area quickly. The storms here aren't usually the type where it is cloudy and rainy for days at a time. Some of the storms can get exciting with the thunder and lightening.
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Austin Climate Summary

Average Monthly Temperatures, Rain, and Freeze Data

Below is the average climate data containing the 30 year normals, 1961-1990 for Austin which is very similar to the entire Highland Lakes area of Texas.   The highest and lowest temperatures are all time highs and lows for the 30 year climate period. For more climate information, go to ncdc.noaa.gov.

 

Month 

Average
High 

Average
Low 

All time High 

All time Low 

Average Rainfall 

Average Rain Days 

Percent of Possible Sunshine

January 

58.9 

38.6 

90 

-2 

1.71 

8.1 

48 

February 

63.4 

42.1 

99 

-1 

2.17 

7.8 

51 

March 

71.9 

51.1 

98 

18 

1.87 

7.3 

55 

April 

79.4 

59.8 

99 

30 

2.56 

7.4 

54 

May 

84.7 

66.5 

104

40

4.78 

9.1 

56 

June 

91.1 

71.5 

108 

51

3.72 

6.6 

69 

July 

95.0 

73.9 

109 

57

2.04 

4.7 

75 

August 

95.5 

73.9 

109 

58 

2.05 

5.1 

74 

September 

90.5 

69.8 

112

41 

3.30 

7.1 

66 

October 

82.1 

60.0 

100

30 

3.43 

6.4 

64 

November 

71.8 

49.9 

91 

20 

2.37 

7.1 

55 

December 

62.0 

41.2 

90 

1.88 

7.6 

49 

Freeze Data  
From the Previous Austin Mueller Airport Location

 

AUSTIN AREA RAINFALL CHART

Month Normal
Rainfall
January 1.92
February 2.15
March 2.05
April 2.66
May 4.86
June 3.50
July 1.93
August 2.42
September 2.46
October 3.45
November 2.89
December 1.98
Year Total 32.27

Figures are for the Austin-Bergstom Airport;
based on 30 years of data from 1961 to 1990. 
Sources: National Weather Service and
Lower Colorado River Authority.


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