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Spring Weather in Austin Texas, United States

Daily high temperatures increase by 18°F, from 70°F to 89°F, rarely falling below 56°F or exceeding 95°F.

Daily low temperatures increase by 21°F, from 49°F to 71°F, rarely falling below 37°F or exceeding 76°F.

For reference, on August 6, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Austin typically range from 75°F to 97°F, while on January 6, the coldest day of the year, they range from 43°F to 61°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in the Spring in Austin

Average High and Low Temperature in the Spring in AustinMarAprMay30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F100°F100°FWinterSummerMar 170°FMar 170°F49°F49°FMay 3189°FMay 3189°F71°F71°FApr 177°FApr 177°F56°F56°FMay 183°FMay 183°F64°F64°F
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average spring temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature in the Spring in Austin

Average Hourly Temperature in the Spring in AustinMarAprMay12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMWinterSummercoldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmwarmhot
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Medenine, Tunisia (6,022 miles away) and Zhuqi, China (7,849 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Austin (view comparison).

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The spring in Austin experiences rapidly decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 44% to 31%.

The clearest day of the spring is May 31, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 69% of the time.

For reference, on January 3, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 45%, while on June 13, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 72%.

Cloud Cover Categories in the Spring in Austin

Cloud Cover Categories in the Spring in AustinMarAprMay0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%WinterSummerMar 156%Mar 156%May 3169%May 3169%Apr 162%Apr 162%May 162%May 162%clearmostly clearpartly cloudyovercastmostly cloudy
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Austin, the chance of a wet day over the course of the spring is very rapidly increasing, starting the season at 20% and ending it at 33%.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 35% on May 27, and its lowest chance is 14% on January 1.

Probability of Precipitation in the Spring in Austin

Probability of Precipitation in the Spring in AustinMarAprMay0%0%5%5%10%10%15%15%20%20%25%25%30%30%35%35%WinterSummerMay 2735%May 2735%Mar 120%Mar 120%Apr 119%Apr 119%May 126%May 126%rain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the season and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.

The average sliding 31-day rainfall during the spring in Austin is rapidly increasing, starting the season at 2.0 inches, when it rarely exceeds 3.8 inches or falls below 0.4 inches, and ending the season at 3.8 inches, when it rarely exceeds 7.9 inches or falls below 1.1 inches.

The highest average 31-day accumulation is 3.9 inches on May 25.

Average Monthly Rainfall in the Spring in Austin

Average Monthly Rainfall in the Spring in AustinMarAprMay0 in0 in1 in1 in2 in2 in3 in3 in4 in4 in5 in5 in6 in6 in7 in7 in8 in8 inWinterSummerMay 243.9 inMay 243.9 inMar 12.0 inMar 12.0 inApr 12.0 inApr 12.0 inMay 13.0 inMay 13.0 in
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average snowfall.

Over the course of the spring in Austin, the length of the day is very rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the season, the length of the day increases by 2 hours, 25 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 35 seconds, and weekly increase of 11 minutes, 8 seconds.

The shortest day of the spring is March 1, with 11 hours, 33 minutes of daylight and the longest day is May 31, with 13 hours, 58 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in the Spring in Austin

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in the Spring in AustinMarAprMay0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hrWinterSummerMar 2012 hr, 6 minMar 2012 hr, 6 minnightnightdaydayMay 3113 hr, 58 minMay 3113 hr, 58 minMay 113 hr, 21 minMay 113 hr, 21 min
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The latest sunrise of the spring in Austin is 7:43 AM on March 13 and the earliest sunrise is 1 hour, 13 minutes earlier at 6:29 AM on May 31.

The earliest sunset is 6:29 PM on March 1 and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 58 minutes later at 8:27 PM on May 31.

Daylight saving time (DST) starts at 3:00 AM on March 13, 2022, shifting sunrise and sunset to be an hour later.

For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 6:29 AM and sets 14 hours, 6 minutes later, at 8:35 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:23 AM and sets 10 hours, 12 minutes later, at 5:34 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in the Spring in Austin

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in the Spring in AustinMarAprMay2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMWinterSummer6:29 AM6:29 AMMay 318:27 PMMay 318:27 PM6:56 AM6:56 AMMar 16:29 PMMar 16:29 PM7:20 AM7:20 AMApr 17:49 PMApr 17:49 PM6:47 AM6:47 AMMay 18:08 PMMay 18:08 PMMar 13DSTMar 13DSTSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day in the spring. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for the spring of 2022. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases. The label associated with each bar indicates the date and time that the phase is obtained, and the companion time labels indicate the rise and set times of the Moon for the nearest time interval in which the moon is above the horizon.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in the Spring in Austin

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in the Spring in AustinMarAprMay12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMWinterSummerFeb 1610:57 AMFeb 1610:57 AMMar 211:35 AMMar 211:35 AMMar 182:18 AMMar 182:18 AMApr 11:25 AMApr 11:25 AMApr 161:56 PMApr 161:56 PMApr 303:29 PMApr 303:29 PMMay 1511:15 PMMay 1511:15 PMMay 306:31 AMMay 306:31 AMJun 146:52 AMJun 146:52 AMJun 289:53 PMJun 289:53 PM5:29 PM5:29 PM7:27 AM7:27 AM6:41 PM6:41 PM7:17 PM7:17 PM8:04 AM8:04 AM7:29 PM7:29 PM8:09 PM8:09 PM7:40 AM7:40 AM8:13 PM8:13 PM8:05 PM8:05 PM6:53 AM6:53 AM8:58 PM8:58 PM8:05 PM8:05 PM6:23 AM6:23 AM8:41 PM8:41 PM
The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The chance that a given day will be muggy in Austin is very rapidly increasing during the spring, rising from 4% to 73% over the course of the season.

For reference, on July 3, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 89% of the time, while on January 21, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 2% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in the Spring in Austin

Humidity Comfort Levels in the Spring in AustinMarAprMay0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%WinterSummerMar 14%Mar 14%May 3173%May 3173%Apr 115%Apr 115%May 139%May 139%oppressiveoppressivemuggymuggyhumidhumiddrydrycomfortablecomfortablemiserablemiserable
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Austin is gradually decreasing during the spring, decreasing from 10.5 miles per hour to 9.7 miles per hour over the course of the season.

For reference, on April 2, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.9 miles per hour, while on September 5, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.9 miles per hour.

The highest daily average wind speed during the spring is 10.9 miles per hour on April 2.

Average Wind Speed in the Spring in Austin

Average Wind Speed in the Spring in AustinMarAprMay0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph14 mph14 mph16 mph16 mphWinterSummerApr 210.9 mphApr 210.9 mphMar 110.5 mphMar 110.5 mphMay 319.7 mphMay 319.7 mphMay 110.6 mphMay 110.6 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The hourly average wind direction in Austin throughout the spring is predominantly from the south, with a peak proportion of 69% on May 31.

Wind Direction in the Spring in Austin

Wind Direction in the Spring in AustinMarAprMay0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%WinterSummersouthnortheastwest
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

The growing season in Austin typically lasts for 9.7 months (294 days), from around February 15 to around December 7, rarely starting after March 12, or ending before November 11.

The spring in Austin is more likely than not fully within the growing season, with the chance that a given day is in the growing season rapidly increasing from 77% to 100% over the course of the season.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in the Spring in Austin

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in the Spring in Austingrowing seasonMarAprMay0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%WinterSummer77%Mar 177%Mar 1100%May 31100%May 31100%Apr 1100%Apr 1100%May 1100%May 150%Feb 1550%Feb 15very coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhotfreezing
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

The average accumulated growing degree days in Austin are very rapidly increasing during the spring, increasing by 1,733°F, from 397°F to 2,129°F, over the course of the season.

Growing Degree Days in the Spring in Austin

Growing Degree Days in the Spring in AustinMarAprMay500°F500°F1,000°F1,000°F1,500°F1,500°F2,000°F2,000°FWinterSummerMar 1397°FMar 1397°FMay 312,129°FMay 312,129°FApr 1792°FApr 1792°FMay 11,367°FMay 11,367°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the spring, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Austin is very rapidly increasing during the spring, rising by 2.0 kWh, from 4.7 kWh to 6.8 kWh, over the course of the season.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in the Spring in Austin

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in the Spring in AustinMarAprMay0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhWinterSummerMar 14.7 kWhMar 14.7 kWhMay 316.8 kWhMay 316.8 kWhApr 15.9 kWhApr 15.9 kWhMay 16.4 kWhMay 16.4 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Austin are 30.267 deg latitude, -97.743 deg longitude, and 489 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Austin contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 190 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 510 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (712 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,657 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Austin is covered by artificial surfaces (100%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (51%) and trees (18%), and within 50 miles by cropland (30%) and shrubs (26%).

This report illustrates the typical weather in Austin, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There are 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Austin.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Austin according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Austin is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Austin and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:

  • Austin City, Austin Camp Mabry (KATT, 57%, 4 mi, north, 167 ft elevation change)
  • Bergstrom AFB / Austi (KBSM, 43%, 6 mi, southeast, 52 ft elevation change)

KATT, 57%4 mi, 167 ftKBSM, 43%6 mi, 52 ft© Esri, et al.

To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Austin and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source's contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

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