Wet and cold!

What happened?! With the weather? OK, so we’ve had a long and very dry winter, and we need the rain. But does it really have to be completely gray and raining more or less constant for several days in a row?

We tend to be spoiled with rainstorms that lasts between 1 and 2 hours and then it’s over. Usually with a glorious spectacle in the form of lightning and thunder. But now it has been going on since Saturday night!

It also becomes cold when it keeps on like this, we probably haven’t had more 20 degrees today. And it’s a cold 20 degrees … So here we sit with thick socks on and a blanket over our knees. All those things were packed away … it’s summer (well almost anyway)!

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The thing is that although Johannesburg every summer gets quite large amounts of rain, the city is not equipped to cope with it. There will be floods, power outages, internet stops working, the cell phone reception becomes hopelessly bad, the newspaper can’t be delivered and traffic lights throughout the city give up – which, together with large amounts of water on the roads and some potholes that you have to zigzag between, creates nasty traffic problems in a city where driving in good conditions is trying your patience.

Unfortunately, the prognosis is not very uplifting either … next week seems to be cold and wet. I guess it’s time to rescue the pots with the lettuce from the balcony before they float away, and then just curl up on the couch. Well, at least we don’t have snow! 🙂

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