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How hot is Austin, really? Compared to, say, Atlanta, Raleigh or DC?

How hot is Austin, really? Compared to, say, Atlanta, Raleigh or DC?

Jun 5th, 2008, 11:25 AM
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Austin, I was so surprised to read your temps! I thought maybe I had become acclimated to the heat and just hadn't noticed it being that hot here (San Antonio). Checked our past week of temps and nope, it wasn't tht hot-- you beat us every day! We had sprinkles today. Clouds...that's an exciting weather event here!

kgh8m...April was beautiful here this year...one day the high only got to 57, but generally it was mid 70's and low to mid 80's. Just checked (you can do this on weatherunderground.com) the entire month of April and the hottest was 88 which it hit a few days. Now we expect 90's daily and it'll be that way up to October.
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Jun 6th, 2008, 06:23 AM
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Just watched the weather and since mid May, we've had 10 days of record breaking weather. Already 5 days of 100+ degrees (none or 1 last year). Over the past 10 days the average temp has been 99 degrees. Today a cool front and only 95, chilly tmrw, 92. The humidity today is opressive. It rained and I think the humidity is in the 90's.
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Jun 6th, 2008, 06:41 AM
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Oppressive? People's perception to weather is so amazingly different. It's raining right now at my house in Austin, it's about 80 degrees, and absolutely lovely outside. Humidity is probably around 80% and will drop as soon as the sun comes out. The heat so far this year hasn't stopped me from doing anything outside and I wouldn't dream of spending months indoors. kgh8m, I think only you can judge how the weather will affect you. As you can see, everyone reacts differently.

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Jun 6th, 2008, 08:20 AM
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I'm wondering if Austin's climate is really suited to your needs. Perhaps you should consider someplace up north or the Pacific Northwest. The rains this morning have made things a bit humid, but we needed the rain. I was out on some of those 100 degree days thinking "this doesn't feel like 100 degrees - must be because it's dry."

If you are truly miserable and must stay inside for such a long period, then this city is not right for you, unless you are naturally a "couch potato" and like being inside anyway, then you can do that anywhere.

I would never stay in a city for 25 years if I was miserable for 4-5 months of each year.

For me, I'd get "cabin fever" if I limited myself to inside for such a long period of time. When I go into the office (rare since I work from home), I usually have to take breaks from the air conditioning to "thaw out" so to speak. I just sit outside and enjoy the sun during those times...
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Jun 6th, 2008, 10:06 AM
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Again I must say that threads such as this one illustrate why one person cannot tell another anything to do with comfort at certain temp/humidity levels. It is the reason why no one can answer w/certainty, the oft-asked query on the Europe forum "Will we need AC in X place during X month?" What one person thinks is pleasant/bearable/uncomfortable/hellish just varies way too much from person to another!
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Jun 7th, 2008, 11:00 AM
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I know. When I went to Barcelona last year and reported the weather was mild - temps in the 25C range (77F), I had responses from people saying that was too warm. I told them that was comfortable, maybe even cool, for me.

On the other hand, I've had people report they visited such and such place in the winter and it was mild and 50 degrees. I responded that to me is cold.

Different strokes for different folks.
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Jun 7th, 2008, 11:04 AM
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I graduated from UT in Austin. I no longer go back there in the summer (now live in California). It is HOT!

But....it is a great city and area to live.....if you want HOT!
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Jun 11th, 2008, 08:55 AM
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kgh8m, you can't compare the mild April weather to summer, especially if it was this past April. We had a very mild April and May, for the most part.

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Jun 11th, 2008, 03:53 PM
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I think if you didn't like April, then you might be miserable in June, July, and August. April is one of the best months in Texas.
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Jun 11th, 2008, 08:09 PM
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Of course I understand that it's subjective and depends on each person. I just wanted to get a basic framework compared to things I'm familiar with. Even if I visit, it will only be for a few days - and that will inevitably be a crap shoot as to whether it's representative weather.

I asked about April because I happened to be in San Antonio then. And San Antonio was darn hot for early April (though not humid).

The humidity is what's a killer in DC and NC. It's nice to know that it *could* compare favorably in terms of humidity. Degrees-wise, I know Austin will be hotter. I just wanted to know if it was as-bad-as-DC-gets humidity plus temperatures like the surface of the sun - in which case, I'd quickly pass!

Austin, we've had that same run of bad heat and humidity here in DC. Unbearable, really, for about 5 days. But, I could get used to staying inside in the AC until 7 p.m. in summer.

We likely will return in July or August to test out the extremes. Thanks to all!
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