It was sunny and stiflingly hot until a few hours ago. On our way back from the Gym we looked up at the cloud formations in the sky, wondering when the monsoon would hit, knowing that it had arrived in Kerala yesterday, three days ahead of schedule. A few hours later, preceded by a short thunderous pre announcement, we got our first rain. It's not the monsoon itself, just a pre announcement of things to come. It's enough for the concrete to start releasing that pungent smell of pent up heat, built up over the summer months.
The press have been investigating the city officials' readiness in terms of clearing out rivers and drains on behalf of a city sorely dependent on but also affected by the rains. I'm sure we'll be cursing it a few weeks from n
For now a strong sea breeze is blowing through the apartment and the temperatures have cooled.
Btw, the banner photo was taken from our holiday home outside of San Gimignano at 6.20 am. What light! It lasted all of five minutes.