This report describes the typical weather at the South Padre Island (South Padre Island, Texas, United States) weather station over the course of an average October. It is based on the historical records from 2010 to 2013. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
South Padre Island, Texas has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (63%), grasslands (26%), marshes (4%), and lakes and rivers (3%).
The month of October is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 87Â°F to 81Â°F over the course of the month, exceeding 89Â°F or dropping below 78Â°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of October, the length of the day is gradually decreasing. The shortest day of the month is October 31 with 11:10 hours of daylight; the longest day is October 1 with 11:54 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 7:21am on October 1; the latest sunset is at 7:15pm on October 1; the latest sunrise is at 7:37am on October 31; the earliest sunset is at 6:47pm on October 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in 2013 but it neither starts nor ends in October, so the entire month is in daylight time.
The median cloud cover ranges from 24% (mostly clear) to 33% (mostly clear). The trend is for the sky to be becoming cloudier with the median cloud cover increasing by 8% from the start to the end of the month.
On October 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 61% of the time, partly cloudy 11% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 26% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around October 17, occurring in 32% of days. Precipitation is least likely around October 7, occurring in 27% of days.
Throughout October, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms and light rain.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 50% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around October 1, when it is observed during 20% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 39% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around October 31, when it is observed during 16% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in October or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 55% (mildly humid) to 83% (humid) over the course of a typical October, rarely dropping below 46% (comfortable), or exceeding 88% (very humid).
The air is driest around October 28, at which time the relative humidity drops below 60% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around October 3, rising above 80% (humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical October, the dew point typically varies from 60Â°F (comfortable) to 73Â°F (very muggy) and is rarely below 53Â°F (very comfortable) or above 76Â°F (very muggy).
Over the course of October typical wind speeds vary from 4 mph to 20 mph (light breeze to fresh breeze), rarely exceeding 23 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 13 mph (moderate breeze) occurs around October 31, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 20 mph (fresh breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 11 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around October 8, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 17 mph (moderate breeze).