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Old 06-14-2009, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Clinton Township, MI
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Okay, so I'm seriously considering moving to Austin for many many reasons. I've looked at different cities around the nation and Austin stands out like a glorious and beautiful sore thumb.

There's only one thing I'm left wondering.

The heat.

How bad is it? Is it unbelievably unbearable or not nearly as bad as most make it out to be?

I live in Michigan and our late summers have me on my knees. High 90s and "off-the-scale" humidity. For a while (almost two months in the summer of '07), I stayed in North Carolina. That wasn't as bad as Michigan's horrible heat to me for some strange and unknown reason...

Any information on this is greatly appreciated.

Thank you.
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Old 06-14-2009, 04:57 PM
 
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not horrendous but it does get hot. Usually it isn't humid so it is bearable.
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Old 06-14-2009, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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.Its 98 degrees right now with 100 degree heat index. Maybe its a little early in the summer because July and August are the hot months definitely but its really not as bad as it sounds. You will acclimate to the heat here and just drink plenty of fluids and you will be fine. There are plenty of places in the Austin area that you can go swimming and cool off.
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Old 06-14-2009, 05:35 PM
 
Location: New London County, CT
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When I moved to Austin from Connecticut I found the heat oppressive for the first few years. I'm used to it now. I don't like it, but I am used to it.
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Old 06-14-2009, 05:47 PM
 
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It's been really bad the last few days. Last summer had hotter temps (at this point in the summer, anyway) but not the kind of humidity we are experiencing now. I kind of preferred last summer.

If you had trouble with Michigan heat, you'll probably won't like the heat here. The biggest difference is that even if we might be slightly less humid, we just don't get a break in the heat (unless it rains) until late October. With the heat you experienced in Michigan, you probably just had to wait a few weeks before cooler weather occurred.

You may get acclimated to it, though... I did. And a lot of people prefer it to a long winter.
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Old 06-14-2009, 06:05 PM
 
Location: La Crescenta, CA
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It's really hot, and while it's not as humid as the East Coast, it can still get fairly humid. It's not as dry as west Texas or the West Coast. You will get some 90+ degree days in March, though it's not the average. You will have some summers where the highs are in the upper 90s -- or even above 100 -- for several consecutive weeks.

OTOH, every place in town is air conditioned. Some days I went straight from the house to the car to wherever I was going and never got hot b/c I never left AC.

While winters are certainly much milder than Michigan, they're still not consistently pleasant, like in Florida or Arizona. Lots of grey and rain, plenty of weeks in the 40s.

I actually found myself getting less acclimated to the heat. The first summer and a half I was fine, and even kind of liked it. Then one day something clicked, and I just thought: "This sucks. No more."
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Old 06-14-2009, 06:40 PM
 
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Also from Michigan and easily adapted to the hot summer. Definitely not missing the winter at all. Michigan was nice enough to snow on me every time I returned last year, from November until April. That was completely uncalled for!
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Old 06-14-2009, 07:48 PM
 
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It's been crazy hot the past week or so. I don't mind it, but lots of people are just staying indoors. I knod of get into it, at a certain point you get so hot you don't even notice it anymore. Make no mistake....AUSTIN IS HOT!!!
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Old 06-14-2009, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Dripping Springs , TX
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I suspect Michigan summers are very similar to Southern Ontario summers. I would rather have 98 degrees in Austin than 85 in Toronto. The humidity is much lower than around the great lakes, and there is usually a breeze, even though it may be a warm/hot breeze.

On they few days when it does get humid because of incoming weather, it can be very uncomfortable. When the breeze dies down you also start to cook pretty quick.

Right now my body keeps thinking this is mid-August of a hot Ontario summer.

The best way I can describe it is a dry sauna. If you can take heat without high humidity, you should like it here.
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Old 06-14-2009, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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It's HOT and it stays that way every single day for months. It's not humid, though, and it *does* cool off enough at night to be pleasant (usually a breeze as well). Just limit your outdoor activities to the morning or evening, and make sure you drink plenty of water and you'll be fine.

One interesting thing here is that you don't get sunburned too badly (or at least I don't). I'm assuming the ozone is just really thick around this area because we don't seem to get the damaging UV rays that you do in other places (I got burnt to a crisp in Florida a few summers ago).
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