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It’s been a while since I was last on here and I can immediately see I have a minor obsession with the weather. The last post was about the spring, and here I am talking about summer weather in BA. Well, it’s probably because I’m British. It is indeed a British trait to talk about the climate on any given occasion, which is why “what’s the weather like in BA?” is at the top of my frequently asked questions list.

Looking out over the city from the ecological reserve

Looking out over the city from the ecological reserve

It’s mid-January and the temperature hovers between 30 and 32 degrees C; it’s been like this for about a week and that’s pretty normal for a BA summer. We walk slowly, shut doors to keep the air-conditioned cool in the rooms we use most. The cat goes three paces then has to have a little lie-down, stretched like a floppy soft toy across the tile floor. On the other hand the dogs seem to want to lie, panting, in the sun. Errands are confined to the late afternoon. Evenings are warm and close but not overbearing, and we can still sleep (barring any power cuts, which is another BA story…)

Obelisco A largely deserted city street in high summer

Also normal for January and the rest of the summer months: rain. The general pattern seems to be a building heat over four to five days that results in a heavy rain storm, usually with thunder and lightning, that floods our garden for a little bit and brings the temperatures down. Only for them to rise again with the sun the next day…

Garden after stormThe garden green after a rainstorm

This spring/ summer, freak weather events include a scorching stretch of weeks in November, temperature into the 40s on Christmas Eve and downpours heavy even by BA standards that brought waist-high floodwater to parts of the capital.

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It’s hard to imagine winter, which does get chilly here, when the view now is bright blue sky and lush green vegetation, with a warm breeze and a heavy, languid heat. And it is even more difficult to imagine England now, on the other side of the world, with its polar opposite weather. Here’s England today, as a bit of a contrast.

Snow in EnglandMeanwhile, back on the other side of the world…

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