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What Is Austin Weather Like?

Being in central Texas, which is a tropic region, Austin is generally warm. In the summer, temperatures can occasionally top 100°. Keeping the lawn watered in the summer can be a challenge, because the sprinkled water tends to evaporate quickly in the sun. It's best to water the lawn in the early morning hours or at dusk.

However, most days in Austin are warm and enjoyable, which contributes to Austin's outdoor life and fitness level. Even on wet days, people can be seen jogging or biking on the trail around Lady Bird Lake (formerly Town Lake). Austin is a great place for camping or hiking as well, because of the warm weather. Austin is rainier than some Texas cities, which contributes to its "greenest" rating. It gets about 32 inches of rain per year.

One issue in Austin that can be challenging in certain areas of town is flash flooding, which is caused by too much rain accumulating too quickly. Flash flooding can cause a part of a road to be unusable for hours, or even a day or more. Austinites learn to take simple precautions such as staying away from low water crossings during heavy rainfall, and never driving over standing water. In the winter, there is very little snow or ice, with an average of 1 or 2 snow days a year. Most of the winter is warm enough that you might not even need to wear a jacket. Temperatures rarely drop below freezing, which makes it easier to care for plants and animals here.
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