Bombay is extremely lucky. The rains finally started here on Saturday, albeit late. These rains were to start on June 10, then June 14. Then, mid-morning Saturday, a little thunder rolled in. And with it, a brief respite from the blazing sun. Can you believe that there hasn’t been any measurable daytime rain in the city since November 2?
The monsoon weather pattern is certainly curious. Right now, we’re getting premonsoon showers. These are the types of gentle rains that keep you in bed late on a Sunday morning. I’m nervous for when the real monsoon arrives, when Mumbai streets turn to lakes and umbrellas are useless. I hear that’s what happens. Though, people, especially fellow expats who after years here are still squeamish about India, sometimes exaggerate.
For months, expats had been telling me about how horrible the weather in May would be. I had heard that it would be unbearably hot, so hot that my nostrils would burn to breathe in the afternoon air. It was pretty warm on some days, though no hotter than a July afternoon in downtown Washington, DC. In fact, I believe that it was hotter on the U.S. East Coast last week than it was here. Thank god for those Arabian Sea breezes.
Too bad the rest of this country isn’t as fortunate. Central and Western India has been experiencing a horrible heat wave. In fact, temperatures reached 51 (123.9) degrees yesterday! I hope the rest of India doesn’t have to wait too long for some heat relief.