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Houston has a humid subtropical climate, with occasional tornadoes in spring. Prevailing winds from the south and southwest bring heat from Mexico's deserts and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico.
In summer, temperatures regularly reach over 90 °F with an average 99 days of the year over 90 °F. The humidity of the area results in an even higher heat index than the actual temperature. Winds in summer are often light and bring little relief. Air conditioning use in Houston is very heavy to cope with the high temperatures.
Winters are quite temperate with an average high of 63 °F in January, the coldest month. Snowfall is rare.
Houston receives a high amount of rainfall each year, averaging 48 inches annually. The rains frequently cause flooding in parts of the city.
|Avg Max||16.1 °C||18.5 °C||21.7 °C||25.8 °C||29.2 °C||32.3 °C||33.7 °C||33.6 °C||31.3 °C||27.6 °C||22.4 °C||18.2 °C|
|Avg Min||4.3 °C||5.9 °C||10 °C||14.5 °C||18 °C||21.4 °C||22.4 °C||22.2 °C||19.9 °C||14.2 °C||9.8 °C||5.7 °C|
|Rainfall||83.6 mm||75.2 mm||74.2 mm||81.5 mm||133.1 mm||126 mm||91.4 mm||88.6 mm||124.2 mm||108.5 mm||96.3 mm||87.6 mm|
The George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is Houston's primary airport and the 9th largest in the US in terms of total passengers. It is the headquarters of Continental Airlines and its largest hub. It's located about 20 miles (32 kilometres) from downtown Houston.
To/from the airport
Amtrak stops in Houston along the Sunset Limited route from Los Angeles to New Orleans. The station is on the north side of the downtown area.
Greyhound Bus Lines have intercity services from 5 stations in Houston and Houston suburbs. Other bus lines also operate from Greyhound's stations.
Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.
For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.
|Houston International Hostel||5302 Crawford St. Texas||Hostel||77|
|Friends Cottage Hostel – Downtown||1818 Lubbock||HOSTEL||84|
|Americas Best Value Inn & Suites||12170 North west freeway||HOTEL||-|
|Space Pod Houston||10046 Rosbrook Drive Houston, Texas 77038||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Motel 6 Houston Reliant Park||3223 South Loop West Houston||Hotel||-|
|Motel 6 Houston - Westchase||2900 West Sam Houston Parkway South Houston||Hotel||-|
|Knights Inn Humble/Houston||15319 Eastex Freeway Humble/Houston||Hotel||-|
|Baymont Inn & Suites Houston IAH Airport||18032 McKay Blvd Humble||HOTEL||-|
|HI-Houston: The Morty Rich Hostel||501 Lovett Boulevard||HOSTEL||90|
|Carefree Inn Houston Medical Center||10015 South Main St||Hotel||-|
The Houston Independent School District (HISD) is the seventh-largest in the United States and has 112 campuses. Some of the major universities include:
See also International Telephone Calls
The US Postal Service is very good and well priced mail system. There are hundreds of big and small post offices in Houston. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS and DHL.
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