Baby, It’s Cold Out There: Location Tips for Travel Nurses

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By The Gypsy Nurse

October 19, 2016

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Baby, It’s Cold Out There

10 Places you can work and avoid the cold

Winter can really take its toll on some people. The cold weather, slippery ice, treacherous snow, many aspects don’t appeal to some folks. And there are some real effects on overall mood and behavior. Shorter and colder days usually means people spend more time indoors and have a tendency to become less active. Our bodies also produce more melatonin when the sun sets, and that makes us sleepy. Lower energy levels can also be attributed to our primitive instinct to eat heavier, heartier meals—like in survival times.

Now all of these “winter blah” symptoms vary for each individual, and some people aren’t affected by the cold at all. But if you’re not ready to hit the slopes or pull on those snow boots any time too soon, then you may want to consider your next assignment in one of these areas.  Luckily the United States affords us several options that boast year-round idyllic conditions. Criteria include comfortable temperatures, dry weather, and mainly clear skies.

Here are 10 places that won’t make you hibernate:

1.) Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville gets about 38 inches of rain per year, 14 inches of snow. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 125. On average, there are 212 sunny days per year. So, while you may not completely avoid the cold weather in Asheville it is much sunnier than other colder locations.

The July high is around 85 degrees. The January low is 28.

2.) Prescott, Arizona

Gets about 19 inches of rain per year, 25 inches of snow. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 63. On average, there are 277 sunny days per year. Again, you may have a little bit of cold weather, but you will still have sunshine to go with it.

The July high is around 89 degrees. The January low is 21.

3.) Honolulu, Hawaii

Gets about 41 inches of rain per year, 0 inches of snowfall. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 170. On average, there are 271 sunny days per year.

The July high is around 84 degrees. The January low is 66.

4.) Los Angeles, California

Gets about 18 inches of rain per year, 0 inches of snowfall. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 26. On average, there are 284 sunny days per year.

The July high is around 77 degrees. The January low is 50.

5.) Key West, Florida

Gets about 39 inches of rain per year, 0 inches of snowfall. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 101. On average, there are 260 sunny days per year. The July high is around 91 degrees. The January low is 65.

6.) Athens, Georgia

Gets about 49 inches of rain per year, 1 inch of snowfall. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 98. On average, there are 216 sunny days per year. While you may experience a little bit of cold, you won’t have the snow to contend with.

The July high is around 91 degrees. The January low is 33.

7.) Vero Beach, Florida

Gets about 51 inches of rain per year, 0 inches of snowfall. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 123. On average, there are 232 sunny days per year. The July high is around 90 degrees. The January low is 53. Vero Beach stays warmer year found, no cold weather there.

8.) Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Gets about 68 inches of rain per year, 0 inches of snowfall. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 116. On average, there are 214 sunny days per year.

The July high is around 91 degrees. The January low is 41.

9.) Charleston, South Carolina

Gets about 46 inches of rain per year, 0 inches of snowfall. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 106. On average, there are 209 sunny days per year. Charleston is a great option for those looking to avoid the cold.

The July high is around 88 degrees. The January low is 42.

10.) Orlando, Florida

Gets about 51 inches of rain per year, 0 inches of snowfall. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 113. On average, there are 233 sunny days per year. Orlando is a great option if you want to avoid the cold weather at all costs!

The July high is around 92 degrees. The January low is 50.

We hope you found these 10 locations helpful to help you avoid the cold during the winter months. Did we miss any locations that you like to travel to during the cold winter months? Comment them below.

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