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Autumn

After too many weeks of hot days and humid nights we had a terrific thunderstorm last night complete with driving rain. This morning the sky was grey but bright, the temperature seemed to have dropped by 10 degrees, and the air was clean and clear.

I took the chance to go for a walk in the park with the dogs and took in the sweet fermentation of long dead leaves, brittle from the heat, freshly soaked. Local people don't like this kind of weather so I had the park mostly to myself. It even started raining on the way back - just light gentle drizzle refreshing rather than soaking rain.

I like this weather because it reminds me of home - summer walks in Northern Ireland are never complete without a rain shower.

At the moment hints of blue sky are starting to appear behind the grey, so I expect it may start to warm up again. But it was nice while it lasted and I hope that the lower temperatures are here to stay.

Comments

Miss Kim said…
You know... I brought the weather with me from Canada!!
olli said…
Thanks Kim. It's a welcome gift.
Anonymous said…
it ruined my vacation in Durres
olli said…
Sorry about your holiday.

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