At the southern end of Tornado Alley lies the panhandle and central Texas. From early spring to late summer is tornado season, but tornados are not uncommon in November. Springtime is pleasant, even with thunderstorms, heavy rains, and flash flooding in the Hill Country. In summer the weather is hot and humid with the exception of Dallas where it’s hot and dry. Autumn, throughout the state, tends to be pleasant. Winters in Dallas can get quite cold, even icy, with generally about seven cm (three inches) of snow. Winter in Houston is mild, with an occasional cold snap and milder in San Antonio. Austin’s winters are typically mild.
When to fly to Texas
Autumn and spring are peak for flights to Texas. Dallas hosts the Texas State Fair in September/October, and San Antonio’s Fiesta is in April. Summer is a busy time in Austin and the city can be quite full during legislative sessions and events at the University of Texas.
Visitors booking flights to Texas should try and avoid the summers, unless they’re visiting San Antonio and Austin.
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Texas insider information
- There is plenty to keep visitors to Dallas entertained, from its museums and amusement parks to its gardens and historic sites. The Texas Schoolbook Depository is probably the best-known site and houses exhibits examining the life, times, death, and legacy of President Kennedy.
- Houston is a town of sophistication and friendliness with top-level art collections and an accomplished culinary scene. Houston is the country’s biggest oil and gas centre and has the largest concentration of medical institutions in the world. NASA, the Astrodome, and the museum district are just a few of the sights that are must-sees while visiting.
- Texans, Mexicans, and out-of-state visitors all flock to San Antonio. Many visitors go to see the Alamo, but San Antonio still has five original Spanish-Colonial missions within its limits, aqueducts that carry water to farmers, and a rich history.
Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World doesn’t have as many tourist attractions as other cities but it does have live music around every corner, museums, the University of Texas, bat flights at sunset, haute cuisine, and down-home barbeques. Texas’s capital consistently ranks high on lists of the best places to live, work, and play in the US.