Weather in Houston includes short, mild winters, warm springs and falls, and long, hot summers. This allows for outdoor activities all year round. You’ll find roses in January and poinsettias in July.
Winter arrives in December with a “Blue Norther,” a wind storm that brings with it cold, wet weather. Temperatures may dip below freezing for a few days and there may be ice storms and sleet. It snows so seldom that when the white stuff does arrive, school is canceled and everyone runs outside for photos before it melts by the end of the day. Usually, however, winters are warm (40-60 degrees) and the season when Houstonians laugh at snow storms up North. Severe weather seldom lasts for very long, so you might want to be prepared with parkas and shorts.
Spring (40-80 degrees) can arrive as early as late January or not until late February. Azaleas start blooming by the beginning of March and bluebonnets arrive in April. Humidity is usually low, but we can be plagued with severe rain storms, so always be prepared with a small, portable umbrella.
Summer can arrive as early as April and last until late November. During those six-to-eight months, you can count on temperatures in the 80s and 90s with humidity from 60 percent to 90+ percent, so be sure to drink plenty of water. Houston is the most air-conditioned city in the world, so bring a jacket or sweater in summer in case you get too cold inside. Your umbrella will serve as a parasol when it’s not raining.
We all wait hopefully for fall, when high temperatures drop to 70 degrees, but sadly, sometimes, it doesn’t arrive.
Because Houston weather is so sunny, sunscreen is essential for outdoor tours. You may also want to wear a hat. For an up-to-date Houston weather forecast, see below.
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