Information & Facts
Texas is a very large state, with an incredibly diverse
topography and therefore the Texas climate is hard to pinpoint. The
Gulf Coast has a typically maritime climate, with hot, humid
summers and mild winters. The central and northern areas are more
continental, with hot summers and cold winters. Dry and hot
conditions exist along the Mexican border in the southwest, and in
the northwest, in the Texas/Oklahoma panhandle, winters are colder
with snowfall a common occurrence. The state has two principal
seasons - summer usually runs from about April to October, and
winter begins in November, lasting until about March. In summer,
temperatures can range from 96°F (36°C) in El Paso in the
southwest, to 91°F (33°C) in Amarillo in the panhandle, to 88°F
(31°C) on the Gulf Coast, while winter temperatures in the same
three areas can range from 29°F (-2°C), to a more mild 48°F (9°C)
on the Gulf Coast. The rainfall is Texas can vary too, with the
western areas experiencing the least amount and east and southeast
along the Gulf of Mexico experiencing the most. The Gulf Coast is
susceptible to hurricanes, and tornadoes also occur, and the state
has experienced severe floods, as well as droughts.
Tourist attractions in and around Amarillo are best accessed by
car. There are numerous car rental agencies to choose from and the
city is rarely very congested. The Amarillo City Transit bus
service operates from Monday to Saturday, covering major points in
the city, but only runs until 6.45pm.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.