When going to another country you always check out the weather online beforehand. In my experience, no matter how much research you do, it is rarely ever like it said it would be when you arrive and you’ve then packed all the wrong kind of clothes. We booked a holiday of a lifetime to Brazil and Argentina two years ago. It was so hot and sunny when we got to Rio that we spent three days sleeping and didn’t leave our room, but when we ventured out it rained for the next two weeks. Story of my life!
We checked out Jozi online and were fully aware that summer is not yet here (starts in October), and that it would be warm during the day and cold at night. It rains a lot in Jozi but only in the summer. As we were moving in September we thought it must be hotting up here already.
No one warned me that my house would be an icebox and I would be sleeping in PJ’s, a hoody and socks! It’s freakin’ freezing overnight here! It’s actually a lot warmer outside during the day, and I am sure that we will be grateful for the cool house in the height of summer. I’m dreading how cold it must be in July though! Brrrrrrr
Whilst 15 degrees in the UK is not actually that cold when you have central heating and insulation to keep you warm, here it is a different kettle of fish. My house here has no heating or wall/loft insulation. It is uncarpeted, and is made of stone and corrugated iron. There is a breeze blowing through the frames of the doors and windows as they do not meet their frame properly. This is the norm for houses in hot countries. There is only two months of colder weather here, so hopefully after this month we will not have these worries again for ten months!
Summer in Joburg is usually marked by a huge storm, and the short bursts of rain that we read about online could in fact be seven days of non-stop rain. This was not in the brochure!!!
No one could have prepared me (or the cats) for the reality of that first rain though. On October 1st summer arrived with the biggest bang you could ever imagine. Rob was at the pub watching the World Cup highlights (we still do not have cable TV!) and the Heaven’s opened. It was pitch black outside so you couldn’t see anything until the lightning lit
everything up. Sheet and fork lightning for hours! In the UK, the thunder and lightning are usually quite spaced out and far away, but this was directly on top of us, and the sky was flashing bright every few seconds. The sound of the thunder actually made the walls shake, and the torrential rain hitting our metal roof was insane. The poor cats spent most of the night under the bed. It was so scary that I was about to call Rob to tell him to come home, just as he turned up soaking wet and marvelling at the weather. It was apocalyptic!
There was even a tornado the same weekend in Duduza, which is only 60km (38 miles) from Melville. I did not know that Africa had tornadoes!
I have since been warned to ensure that all of my electrical appliances are unplugged during these storms so they do not get fried. Yikes!
Generally though it is warm during the day when you are in the sun – sometimes really hot. I have a small tan developing from supervising the cats out in the garden until they find their bearings (see previous post).
I’m blogging from my bed right now as it is too cold to go in the living room until it warms up a bit outside. I’m also not regretting sending all of my winter clothes over here, rather than storing them in the UK. These ski socks have come in handy!! Please hurry up summer!!!