The Peanuts strip pretty much sums up why I haven’t been able to spend much time at the computer this past week… (Not that I have spent much time digging in the sand – but I have mostly been keeping very still in the coolest spots I’ve been able to find!!)
July beat all kinds of (hot) weather records both in Sweden as a whole and in my town and area. In Borås, on 31st July we had over 33’C in the daytime, and the average 24 h (day+night) temperature was the highest ever officially recorded for our town – 25,6’C. (I know: In some places on earth this is “nothing” – but we’re not used to it!)
Up in the North of Sweden they have got some rain during the past week to help control the forest fires. Down here in the south, August has started out a little cooler, but still extremely dry, with warnings for very high risk of fires. (All open fires and barbequeing strictly forbidden, even in private gardens.) In Borås, we had one clash of thunder followed by a few drops of gentle rain on Wednesday; but that literally wasn’t enough to wet anything. (I know, because I walked home from town in that shower, and I did not even have to change clothes when I got back home, as the sparse drops of rain that fell steamed right off me…)
To give you an idea what it looks like around here just now, here are some photos from my neighbourhood taken during the past week:
The football field close to where I live will serve as an example of every lawn that has not been irrigated.
A little park which is always lovely in the spring when the cherry trees are in bloom, but now…
Dry leaves rattling around on the streets in the wind, making the sounds of autumn (much too early)
The roses in our ‘Central Park’ do seem to be enjoying the sun, though – I suspect these have not been left completely without water…!