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.