Extending southwards towards the Tropic of Cancer, Florida – the southernmost state in the continental US – also boasts being the warmest. With a year-round average high in the mid-80s Fahrenheit (around 30C), it’s a haven for sun-seeking tourists worldwide, as well as for ‘snow-birds’ from the northern States and Canada, who migrate there in their millions for the winter months. Who can argue with 3000 hours of sunshine a year? That’s over double the amount we get here in the UK.
However it’s nowhere near as much sunshine as can be found in some other US states, notably in the Desert Southwest. Las Vegas, Nevada receives much more sunshine and less than a tenth of the rainfall that Miami does.
In fact, rain showers are part of the daily routine for Floridians – big thunder clouds building up through the afternoon to give a brief drenching – before rumbling away into the distance.
Humidity is the key and Florida is drenched with it. In fact by the time we’re in the swampy Everglades, we seem to be almost submerged in it.
And, sticking out into the Gulf Of Mexico, for half the year Florida is on the lookout for hurricanes. It gets battered by more than any other state in the US.
So Florida is sometimes the stormy State, certainly the steamy State, and although it’s not strictly the sunniest State, I can’t see it losing that enticing tag anytime soon.